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Alleppey, Munnar, Wayanad, Cochin, Kovalam, Varkala, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Idukki, Bekal, Thrissur, Kasargod, Vaganom, Kollam, Kuttanad and many more.

There are so many places to visit in Kerala that even a week’s trip is not enough. It is such a beautiful and charismatic land that it is known as God’s own country. Kerala is one such state in India that is a blend of natural beauty and magic. Known as the “Spice Capital of India”, Kerala has been the central destination for honeymoons and tourism.

Be prepared to be enchanted by the backwaters in Alleppey, wildlife and museums in Wayanad, eco-village of Idukki, Valara waterfalls, and the classic Kochi. The magic of Kerala never vanishes, though it takes your breath away. The enthralling glimpse of the wildlife in Kerala and the beautiful tea plantations make you want to stay here forever. 
Apart from villages and cities with natural beauty and plantations, there are a plethora of tourist places to visit in Kerala.

Once you are here, there is no going back. Be sure to visit the famous Thrissur Zoo and witness the fauna of Kerala, along with visiting the rich Wayanad Heritage Museum, Blossom Park, shop at the Triveni Floating Market and spend some quality time at the Lockhart Gap ViewPoint.
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Must Visit Cities in Kerala

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Alleppey

A hub of Kerala's backwaters, Alleppey is the center of an immense net of waterways and coir industry. Officially called Alappuzha, this beautiful city borders the Laccadive Sea and revivified Ayurvedic resorts. Arrive in Alleppey to experience its houseboat cruises passing through its calm backwaters and explore green paddy fields, gorgeous avifauna, and the local life of Kerala.

Alleppey beach rests in the Arabian Sea, and the beauty of this beach is only enhanced by the history connected to it. Houseboats, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Pallippuram, and Bay Island Drift Museum are some of the top-most attractions to visit in Alleppey. The snake boat race festival is a must-visit if you are in Alleppey during August. The race takes place on the second Saturday of every August.

Best time to visit- November to February.

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Wayanad

It’s a place where magnificent waterfalls, historical caves, exotic resorts rest. Famous for its spice plantations and wildlife, Wayanad is truly a nature’s abode. The best way to explore the town is by walking through the beautiful spice plantations and trekking to the ancient caves while dining at the best resort. Wildlife reserves are a special thing to visit Wayanad.

The Wayanad wildlife reserve is where you can explore a wide range of flora and fauna. It’s a significant part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve located in the Western Ghats. Animals like elephants, leopards, and bears are easily spotted here. A few places to visit in Wayanad are- Banasura Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Vythiri, Kuruva Dweep, and Pookode Lake.

Best time to visit- Between October and May

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Cochin

Cochin or Kochi is the central port city in Kerala. Regarded to be the “Queen of Arabian Sea,” Cochin is located on the south-west coast of India, and is a busy, profitable port city in Kerala. Its trading activities date back to more than 600 years. It’s the financial, industrial, and commercial capital of Kerala. The Arabs seem to have put a profound influence on the city, along with influences of the Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and the British.

The Chera Dynasty and the Feudal Lords have also played a significant role in the nourishment of the city. This sophisticated town is quite famous for its upmarket stores, art galleries, shopping hubs, cultural heritages, fashion, restaurants, and a few palaces and beaches. Places like Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue, Willingdon Island, Bolgatty Palace, and Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary are worth visiting.

Best time to visit- From October to March

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Munnar

Munnar is a local town and a tranquil hill station located in the Western Ghats. It is one of the prettiest places to visit in Kerala. Widely famous for its tea estates, lush greenery, and rocky peaks, Munnar is so beautiful that it serves to be the commercial center for a few of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar is a divine beauty that is yet to be explored fully. It has various protected areas that protect species like Nilgiri Tahr and Neelakurinji.

The hill station is located over three mountain rivers- Kundala, Nallathanni, and Mudrapuzh. It is located at 1,600 meters above the sea level and served as the perfect destination for summer holiday during the British era in India. Munnar is also one of the top-listed honeymoon destinations in India. Anamudi Peak, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Top Station, Tea Museum, and Chinnakanal & Anayirangal are a few tourist spots worth visiting in Munnar.

Best time to visit- September to March

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Kumarakom

The village of Kumarakom lets you experience magic in several ways. It’s a huddle of little human-made islands situated on the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is a significant part of the Kuttanad region, and it is home to beautiful backwaters, just like Alleppey. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres of land where you can spot different migratory birds and other birds like Cuckoo, Wild Duck, Teals, Waterfowls, Egrets, Darters, Herons, etc.

Activities like boating and fishing are quite popular at the Taj Garden Retreat. Kumarakom is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala, due to its backwaters, paddy fields, and lavish houseboats. A few other places to visit in Kumarakom are- Vellavali, Toddy Shops, Bay Island Drift Museum, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Kumarakom Craft Museum, and St. Mary’s Church. 

Best time to visit-
September to March

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Kovalam

Popular as the beach lover’s first choice, Kovalam is one of the most beautiful tourist places to visit in Kerala. Kovalam is a peaceful village located at the coastlines of the Arabian Sea. There are three spotless beaches for which Kovalam is famous- Samudra beach, Lighthouse beach, and the Hawah beach. These beaches are the best gateway to spend some quality time in Kerala while trying out activities like surfing, motorboat riding, diving, etc. These beaches, when coming together, form a splendid pebbly falcate.

These beaches have become the center of attractions for tourism. The literal meaning of Kovalam is “a grove of coconut trees,” and so the town of Kovalam is filled with coconut trees as well. The city also lets you explore some effective Ayurveda treatment with a dash of yoga. Some popular places to visit in Kovalam are Halcyon Castle, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Veli Tourist Village, Kovalam Art Gallery, Artificial OffShore Coral Reefs, Ashoka Beach, and the Catamaran Ride.

Best time to visit- September to March

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Kollam

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One of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea, Kollam is a local town with a rich history and unique culture credited with the magic of nature. Kollam is located on the south-west coast of Kerala bordering the Arabian Sea. There are several hidden gems in Kollam that are yet to be discovered. The port here has been carrying out its activities since the majestic rule of ancient Rome. The seaport of Kollam has a rich past of Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, and British trying their luck with the trading of spices and cashews.

The place still possesses higher significance in terms of the economic backdrop. The beauty of Kollam can be very well described in terms of its calm seashore, coconut palms, lush cashew plantations, and traditional villages. Some popular places to visit in Kollam are- Punalur, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Karunagapally, Mayyanad, Ashtamudi Lake, Amritapuri, Pathanapuram, Aryankavu, and Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best time to visit- October to February

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Vagamon

Located at an altitude of 100 meters above the sea level, Vagamon or Wagamon is a blessing on earth. If you want to spend your weekend in Kerala, far away from the tiresome city life, then Vagamon is your destination. It is one of those places to visit in Kerala that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Lush greenery, tranquility, a perfect blend of human-made beauty and nature, and a place for pilgrimage; Vagamon has everything you can ask for.

The Vagamon forest is a treat for wildlife lovers, and it serves to be one of the major tourist attractions in Vagamon. For the love of adventure, you can go for activities like trekking, rock climbing, cycling, and paragliding. Some famous attractions in Vagamon are Marmala Waterfalls, Vagamon Meadows, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, Pine Hill, Kurisumala, Kurisumala Ashram, Thangalpara, Barren Hills, Murugan Mala, Pattumala Church, and the Vagamon Lake.

Best time to visit- Throughout the year

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Kozhikode

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Renowned for its history, Kozhikode is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Kerala. It was the place where Vasco-da-Gama first landed in India and the origins of the famous Spice route were mapped. It is famous for its picturesque beach where one can behold one of the most fantastic sunsets and enjoy a great deal of seafood.

Some of the must-visit places in Kozhikode are Dolphins Point, the lighthouse and the Lions Park. The city is a great visit to plan with your family and friends if you wish to cherish some laid back time in the realm of nature.

Location: 
Kozhikode, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: 
None.

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Thekkady

Thekkady is one of the top-most visited tourist places in Kerala. It is the location of the largest Tiger Reserve in the country- Periyar Tiger Reserve. If you want to explore a jungle on your vacation, then Periyar is your ideal destination. Since Periyar Reserve is the central tourist attraction, there are many things that you can enjoy here, like bamboo rafting in the Mullaperiyar Dam, shopping, eating at the most excellent eateries, and trying out various adventure sports. The Spice Gardens are always ready to welcome the visitors.

The backwoods of the Periyar let you enjoy a little trekking adventure as well. The best way to explore the Periyar is to enjoy the early morning boat ride, and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of wild elephants, wild boars, bison, numerous birds, and more. Places to visit in Thekkady are Periyar Tiger Trail, Thekkady Lake, Green Park Ayurvedic and Spice Plantation, Mudra Cultural Center, Annakara, Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and Kadathanadan Kalari Center.

Best time to visit- September to April

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Bekal

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A small town located in Kasaragod district of Kerala, Bekal is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala. Bekal is all about pristine beaches, backwaters, and historical forts. The town shares its borders with the shores of the Arabian Sea. This small town is blessed with various tourist attractions to explore, and it’s famous for its natural beauty. Spending some time in Bekal and exploring its temples and mosques is the best way to escape the hustle-bustle of daily life.

There is a set of 45 caves located in Bekal, known as the Nityananda Ashram caves which are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. A few other tourist attractions in Bekal are The Aqua Park, Bekal Fort, Bekal Beach, Kappil Beach, Chandragiri Fort, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Ananthapura Temple, Nileswaram, Hosdurg Beach, and Malik Deena Mosque.

Best time to visit- October to February

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Idukki

Widely recognized as an “eco-village in the Western Ghats,” Idukki is one of the most vibrant and naturally lush places to visit in Kerala. It’s a non-coastal district located in Kerala with nearly more than half of the land covered with dense forest. This craggy district is famous for its tea factories, rubber plantations, forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and beautiful villas. Idukki means “a deep gorge” in the Malayalam language.

It’s a tranquil place that is located between two enormous rocky mountains of Kuravan and Kurathy. The highest peak in India, Anamudi is also situated in Idukki. The district is also renowned for housing the Kulamavu Dam which is a popular spot for trekking. Some popular must-visit places in Idukki are Gavi, Hill View Park, Idukki Arch Dam, Nandukani, Painavu, Mangala Devi Temple, Murikaddy, and Meesapulimala.

Best time to visit- Throughout the year

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Kuttanad

Cited as “God’s own country,” Kuttanad is one of the most beautiful and scenic places to visit in Kerala. Kuttanad has preserved four essential rivers in Kerala- Pampi, Meenachil, Achankovil, and Manimala River, making it a diving tourist place in Kerala. Kuttanad is located in the middle of thick and lush greeneries, and the region is also known as the “Rice Bowl of India.” Like Alleppey, Kuttanad is also quite famous for its backwaters as it covers a large part of Alleppey.

It is undoubtedly an ideal place for a honeymoon destination. The region offers long houseboat tours and short canoes trips for the visitors. Canoeing through the backwater is probably one of the most engaging activities you can do in Kuttanad. Some popular places to visit in Kuttanad are Champakulam, Pamba River, Chengannur, and Punnamada Lake.

Best time to visit- August to March

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Thrissur

Famous for nurturing classical Keralan performing arts, religious edifices, and the famous Thrissur Pooram festival, Onam Festival, and Vadakkumnathan Temple, the local town of Thrissur is undoubtedly one of the fascinating tourist places in Kerala. The culture here is so astounding that Thrissur has been named as the official cultural capital of Kerala. Previously known as Trichur, the town of Thrissur is the exact spot that provided Kerala with its charm of festivals and culture.

Thrissur used to be the capital of Kochi Kingdom. The best way to explore Thrissur is by witnessing the magic of the festivals celebrated here. Some popular tourist spots to explore in Thrissur are Heritage Garden, Vadakkumnathan Kshetram Temple, Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran, Athirapally Falls, Archeology Museum, and the Thrissur Zoo.

Best time to visit- October to March

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Varkala

Varkala is a small town located on the coastline of the Arabian Sea in the southern part of Kerala. The city is widely famous for its hippie culture and the exclusive 15m high Northern Cliff located on the adjacent side of the Arabian Sea. This cliff is where you can have the most delicious seafood in Varkala. They also play global music. The Samadhi of Kerala’s famous saint Shri Narayana Guru is also located in Varkala.

The town is home to the famous Janardana Swami Temple (Dakshin Kashi). There are several flawless beaches, hills, forts, lakes, lighthouses, natural fisheries, and hot springs in Varkala, making the town a must-visit tourist place to visit in Kerala. A few places to visit in Varkala are Edava Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhana Swamy Temple, Varkala Cliff, Vishnu Temple, Papanasam Beach, and Chilakoor Beach.

Best time to visit- Between October and February

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Kasargod

A small, local coastal town located in the Northern part of Kerala, Kasargod is one beautiful blend of beauty and nature with a dash of religion, culture, and grace. The town is immensely famous for its grand forts, lofty hills, scenic backwaters, temples, luxurious resorts, and its flawless beaches. With so much to offer, Kasargod has become one of the most visited tourist places in Kerala.

The history of Kasargod also displays gracefulness and integrity. It is said to be preserving various significant forts in Kerala. The fascinating art and culture of Kasargod has become the talk of the neighborhood. Kasargod is also famous for the budding handloom industry. Some popular tourist attractions in Kasargod are- Ranipuram, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Nileswar, Kareem’s Forest Park, Manjeshwar, and Kumbala.

Best time to visit- During September and January

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Best Places to Visit in Munnar

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TATA Tea Museum

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The Munnar Tea Museum outlines the development of tea estates which has been displayed by the elementary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. These machinery display various stages of tea processing and the variable contrast in them.

One can also learn the production of black tea from the exhibits displayed within the Tea Museum. At the entrance of the museum, one can witness a sundial placed on a granite block. This artifact has a historical relevance attached to it making it one of the best tourist places in 
Kerala.

Munnar Tea Museum is home to some of the exotic artifacts like the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant in the 1920s, the museum also has classic bungalow furniture, iron oven, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, typewriters, manual calculators etc. located in one of its galleries.

Location: 
KDHP House, NH 49, Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 
10 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee:
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INR 75 

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Blossom Park Dark Forest

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Blossom Park Dark Forest is a magnificent park located at a fair distance of three kilometers from the town of Munnar. It is situated nearby the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project, near the beautiful river Muthirappuzha and in the middle of the Kanan Devan Hill Tea Estates. The beauty of this park is further enhanced by a large variety of blossoming flowers. The park has visitors from all over the world. The best part about this park is that they have planted seasonal flowers as well.

Blossom Park is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Kerala, due to its naturally blooming flowers and lush greenery. The park is also an ideal spot for photography and activities like cycling, boating, trekking, bird-watching and more. They also arrange a fascinating flower show every year.

Location- 3 km from Munnar Town

Timing- 09:00 am to 07:00 pm

Entry Fee- Adults- INR 10, Kids- INR 2

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Eravikulam National Park

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Eravikulam National Park isn’t just a tourist place in Kerala; it is also home to a number of endangered and vulnerable species in the world. The national park is about natural beauty and riveting landscapes that offer one the ultimate opportunity to rendezvous with the wild. 

With its natural landscapes and the backdrop of hills, this stunning national park is certainly one of the best places to visit in Kerala. 
The rolling hill plateau of Eravikulam serves as home to over 25 species of mammals, including the Nilgiri Tahr, which is the largest surviving population of the species. 

The park is also home to Golden Jackal, Elephants, dusky palm squirrel, Stripe-necked Mongoose, and porcupine, making this place feel alive with a blend of tall and small animals. Lakkom Waterfalls and the Cauvery River in this region provide a natural source of water to the wildlife here.

Location:
 The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

Timings:
7:30 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee:
Starting from INR 65

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Lockhart Gap View Point

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Lockhart Gap View Point is a viewpoint located in Munnar. It is named so because of its locked heart-shaped view. Famous for its mind-blowing views of the neighboring valleys, mountains, tea plantations, and exciting trekking trails, Lockhart Gap ViewPoint lets you explore the beauty of sunsets from a different angle. It is also famous for its ancient natural craggy cave.

The Lockhart viewpoint enables you to explore the Bison Valley and trek around the dense forests and scenic trails. It is one of the most idealistic tourist places in Kerala for a weekend getaway with friends and family. These trails also let you explore the various rare species of flora and fauna. The best part about this viewpoint is the cool breeze that makes it a serene spot for picnics.

Location- Munnar, Kerala

Timing- 24 hours

Entry Fee- Free

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Mattupetty Dam

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Nestled inside the hills of Munnar and very near to the Anamudi peak lies Mattupetty, the hill station at a height of 1,700 m. Mattupetty is located 13 km away from Munnar. Here you can enjoy the greenish valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. The main attraction of Mattupetty is the dam and the lake here.

The dam of Mattupetty is a storage concrete gravity dam. The dam was constructed under the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project in the late 1940s, for the purpose of water conservation and power generation. The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around.

You can engage yourself with water sports activities like speed boating organized by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest.

Location: 
Munnar - top station highway, Mattupetty, Kerala 685616

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
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Anamudi

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The Anamudi Peak, which attains tall in the Eravikulam National Park, is the jewel of Kerala. It is the highest mountain peak in India other than the great Himalayan Mountain Ranges, nestled with rich flora and fauna. It is also home to the largest surviving populations of Asian Elephants, endangered Gaurs, exotic Nilgiri Langurs, and lion-tailed macaque making it one of the best tourist places in Kerala.

The Anamudi Peak is a heaven in the wild, which is covered with conifer forests with some very beautiful rivers flowing inside the jungle. Tourists take a trek to the top of the mountain and enjoy the sight of beautiful rivers flowing into the east like Vaigai and Thamirabarani, and the Periyar River.

Anamudi Peak is remarkably high and has lush wet slopes, which makes trekking even more difficult. Therefore, trekking facilities here are provided by concerned officials and tourists are allowed to trek on foot up to 2 km. Trekkers who wish to climb on the top are required to submit special permission from Eravikulam National Park authorities.

Location: 
Devikulam Taluk, Idukki.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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If you want to see a blend of all tourist places in Kerala, then Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is your destination. This Indian wildlife sanctuary is one of the protected areas of Kerala and features a nominated World Heritage Site. With 34 species of mammals, including panthers and spotted deer, this wildlife sanctuary is one of those Indian destinations that any wildlife or nature lover would like to explore. 

The rusty-spotted cats and grizzled giant squirrels, which are known as vulnerable species are also found here. The Mugger Crocodile is quite famous around here. With 22 amphibian species and over 150 species of butterflies, Chinnar is certainly one of those places that will cause butterflies in your stomach. The Chinnar montane rain forest gives it ethereal natural beauty, which is complemented by the Thoovanam Waterfalls, providing this forest with a stunning appearance.

Tourists are allowed to enjoy nature walks at Chinnar and its Pamber River Banks, thereby giving them an opportunity to find a giant squirrel and watch birds. Here, adventure lovers can get a strong rush of adrenaline by enjoying natural activities such as trekking. The scenic beauty makes a perfect backdrop for camping. The lofty watch tower here provides an incredible panoramic view of the entire area.

Location: 
Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10

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Valara Waterfalls

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Located in Idukki, the Valara Waterfalls is one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Kerala. The waterfall is located amidst Adimali and Neriamangalam. The magical and fantastic beauty of this waterfall is enough to make anyone fall in love with it.

Valara owns a chain of waterfalls, neighboured by lush green forests, and it holds a large variety of animals and birds. The beauty of this scenic and gushing waterfall is a treat to behold. It’s the best way to escape the day-to-day tiresome city life. Valara Waterfalls is also an ideal location for nature photography and picnics. For nature lovers, it is a heaven’s gift.

Location- Idukki, Kerala

Timings- 24 hours

Entry Fee- Free

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Top Station

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Situated in Kundala Valley, Top Station is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala. The place is famous for having beautiful tea plantations, verdant valleys, fabulous waterfalls and mostly the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years. One of the most spectacular sights that can be witnessed from Top Station is the beautiful landscape covered with clouds.

The pristine beauty of the place will leave you in search of words. It is a great spot to enjoy a picnic with your loved ones and enjoy the most panoramic views of the Western Ghats on your vacation. The place is a haven for nature lovers and best visited from the month of April to May in Kerala.

Location: Munnar - Top Station Highway, View Point Path, Munnar.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Attukad Waterfalls

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It is one of the most beautiful destinations, which you should not miss while intending a trip to Munnar. Attukal extends the beauty of water falling from the top of the hill. The sight of the roaring water and the rolling hills around is something which you can never erase from your thoughts. It is one of the most attractive scenes that you can look at during your stay at Munnar.

The place is also ideal for long trekking and hiking but assumes a cascading and roaring beauty during the monsoons. The beautiful waterfall is surrounded by dense green forest, which will be an excellent spot for those who fancy adventure and want to have a trekking experience.

Location: 
Attukad Waterfall Rd, Pallivasal, Kerala 685565

Timings: 
9 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry fee: 
One can pay INR 100 for a guide.
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Fort Kochi

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Among the tourist places in Kerala, Fort Kochi is a beautiful region located towards the South-West part of the city of Kochi. This region is one of the three main urban regions that constitute the present day Kochi City. Fort Kochi was the place of the first European township in India, the influence of which can still be felt and observed in the city’s architecture and its town planning.

In current times, the Fort Kochi region is considered to be one of the finest places to visit in Kerala, with its major attraction being its beaches, the beautiful sight of traditional fishing in this region, and of course the European inspired architecture of this region.

Location:
 Kochi 682001

Timings: 
5 AM and 9:50 PM

Entry fee: 
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Cherai Beach

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Lined by coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets, Cherai beach in Kochi is considered as one among the best places to visit in Kerala. It is comparatively a less crowded and properly cleaned beach in Kochi that displays a picturesque view of sea and backwater join at a particular point. It is a spot where different species of fishes including dolphins are seen.

Located on the north end of Vypin Island, the beach is a favorite spot of swimmers. The sunset view from the beach spreads multiple hues in front of your eyes. Near to the beach, there are many resorts as well for couples, family, and group of friends.

Location: 
Cherai Beach Rd, Kochi, Vypin Island 683514

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
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Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

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Situated on the banks of the Periyar river in Kerala, about 44 kilometres from the Ernakulam town, the Kodanad Elephant Training Centre is one of the biggest and most visited centres in Kerala. In this State, most auspicious occasions use elephants- be it temple visits, cultural shows or weddings. So elephants receive proper care in these riverside sanctuaries.

You can go for safari tours, indulge in elephant feeding sessions or just observe and click photos from a distance. The Kodanad centre is very peaceful and serene, and there are several walkways inside the centre that make it one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Kodanad was one of the tourist places in Kerala known for the practice of capturing elephants, but that was banned by the government and the place is now known for rescuing and training elephants. 

Location: 
Vallom Panamkuzhi Road, Malayattoor PO, Kaprikad, Kerala 683544

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10
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Santa Cruz Basilica

The Santa Cruz Basilica is considered as one of the good places to visit in Kerala. It is an ancient church built by Portuguese invaders during the colonial period and it is the prominent landmark of Fort Kochi. It is on the Santa Cruz road, Fort Kochi in Kochi district.

This church stands as a predominant relic of the ancient Portugal culture and it narrates the history of Fort Kochi. The Dutch people came after Portuguese avoided this church from their attack so that it holds more pride over any other churches around Kochi. John Paul II declared it as Basilica in 1984. The church has two lofty spires and remarkable bright, whitewashed exterior and a pastel-colored interior.

Location: 
Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001

Timings: 
9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: 
None.

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Wonderla Amusement Park

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Gear up for an adventurous day at Wonderla Amusement Park when you are vacationing in Kerala. It is one of the exhilarating places to enjoy rides and have fun with your loved ones. The amusement park is great for having thrilling experiences with your family. The place has a lot of food options and offers a memorable experience.

A few of the popular attractions at Wonderla Amusement Park are Musical Dancing Fountain, The Vintage Castle, Vintage Tornado, Wavy and Vertical Fall, Caterpillar ride, Rapid River, Wave Pool, and Wonder Splash.

Location:
Kumarapuram P O, Pallikkara, Kerala 683565

Timings:
 11 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee:
Starts from INR 385

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Hill Palace of Tripunithara

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Thripunithura Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum of Kerala and highly recommended among the places to visit in Kerala. Thripunithura is a town in Kochi and the Hill Palace has been the administrative office of the Kochi royal family.

The palace complex consists of 49 buildings that possess traditional Kerala architectural style and there you can see the remnants, the antique pieces of Kerala culture, heritage museum, a deer park, a historic park, and a children’s park. The pond inside the palace enhances the whole beauty of the palace to the next level.

Location: 
Hill Palace Rd, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301

Timings: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 2 PM to 4:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 10
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Marine Drive

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One of the most picturesque locations in Kerala, the Marine Drive is a promenade in the Indian city of Kochi, which has been built in a beautiful way to face Kerala’s backwaters. A popular hangout for local populations, Marine Drive is known for being one of the most enthralling, beautiful tourist places in J. The Rainbow Bridge here is quite popular and provides travelers with a chance to enjoy the structural beauty of this place. The drive is located at an economically thriving region of Kochi. 

Visit Marine Drive in Kochi if you wish to experience the bounties of a sunset. The beauty of this region, along with the gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake makes a perfect backdrop for chatty conversations, eating and shopping. Tourists throng this walkway during evenings, enjoying incredible things that this place has to offer. 

Starting from High Court junction till Rajendra Maidan, this Drive has a length of 1.75 kilometers and also offers boat jetties along the way. Two new bridges, the Rainbow and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge offer surreal views of Kerala’s backwaters. Truly, this is one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Location:
 MG Road, Kochi.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Best Places to Visit in Alleppey

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Alleppey Beach

Alleppey beach is a famous picnic spot in Kerala that houses an extended human-friendly beach. Since Alleppey is known as the Venice of the East, the trade through the sea and backwaters contributes a lot toward the economic development of Kerala.

A pier extended towards the sea is known to be 137 years old and also it is reached out to the mass through the entertainment beach festival conducted on New Year’s Eve. A lighthouse situated nearby exists as a fascination to all groups of people visiting the beach.

The marine products of Alleppey have a great demand among the public, so the beach can be seen so crowded always. Moreover, the serenity on the sides of the beach is alluring. It is lined by coconuts swaying in the sea breeze creating such a nice atmosphere throughout the day.

Location: Alleppey
 Kerala, 688007

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Krishnapuram Palace

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Alleppey boasts of its tremendous collection of old houses and palaces. One such preservation is the Krishnapuram Palace located in Kayamkulam town. It is built in the 18th century by a then ruler of the place.

The traditional architectural style of Kerala is vividly portrayed even in the nook and corners of this palace. Gabled roof, narrow corridors, and dormer windows of the palace still possess pride. Now it is taken care of by the Archaeological Department of Kerala. It has a large pond as well inside which adds more beauty to the palace.

The walls of the palace are made quite attractive with the mural paintings named Gajendra Moksham, Kerala style paintings, and other paintings which are popular. Krishnaswamy temple in the vicinity is the main reason the palace got the current name. Encircled by terraced gardens with fountains are another highlight of this palace on a small hillock.

Location: Ochira Rd,Near Kayamkulam, Alappuzha Dist, Krishnapuram.

Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 4:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 10
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Chavara Bhawan

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Chavara Bhawan is cited to the inherited residence of one of the leading personalities of the Christian Faith, the Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. He is said to be the founder of the first parishioners for the men in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It is one of the most significant places to visit in Kerala. The Chavara Bhawan is said to be three centuries old, and it’s a symbol of Christian relic that acts as a refuge for Christians to pray and explore the heights of their spirituality by relaxing in tranquility.

This edifice can only be reached through a boat ride. If you are visiting the Chavara Bhawan in January, you might want to be a part of the major festival of this Bhavan that is celebrated annually on January 3rd every year. Participate in the mass prayer that is held on this day. A special prayer is held every Saturday of every month.

Location- Alleppey, Kerala

Timing- 09:00 am to 04:30 pm

Entry Fee- Free

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Marari Beach

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Marari beach is a beautiful beach located 11 km away from Alleppey town. The white sand beach is a favorite bed for all the tourists since the beach is famous for its cleanliness and the coconut groves on the shore. It is comparatively a quiet beach and the sea seems to be always calm.

This beach has a lot of demand among the tourists because it has umpteen numbers of resorts nearby with beach view rooms. You can see people going for fishing in traditional boats from the shore. The salubrious nature present around the beach is an obvious reason for the beach being a hub for all tourists of Alleppey.

Location: 
Alappuzha-Arthunkal- Cherthala, Thoppumpady road, Mararikulam, Alappuzha, Kerala 688523

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Triveni Floating Market

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The Triveni Floating Market is an economic market located in Alleppey. Visiting this flea market is an experience in its own. It is one of the most economical market places to visit in Kerala. The best thing about this market is that it’s a floating market. Owned and run by the state cooperative, this floating market is renowned for the red and white chequered boats.

You can get everything you need here; from shampoos and health drinks to televisions and music systems. The market attracts thousands of tourists visiting the backwaters of Alleppey. You can call it as a supermarket where locals buy rice, sugar, wheat, and other significant daily-usable stuff at relatively lower prices than the rest of the markets in Kerala.

Location- Alleppey, Kerala

Timing- 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

Entry Fee- Free

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Alleppey Lighthouse

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Built in 1862, the Alappuzha lighthouse is a favorite site for tourists coming to Alappuzha. It is situated in the coastal town. It was the landmark for many traders from different parts of the world especially colonial people from Portuguese, Dutch, and England.

The 30 feet high lighthouse preserves the history of Alappuzha port which was the main trade port during the ancient period. But it has been made open to public visit since 2007. The lamp of the lighthouse now is a 230 V 150 W Metal halide lamp which extends its light to a remarkable distance.

The lighthouse celebrated its 150th year in 2012 and it marks the pride and majesty of the Kerala rulers during that time since it is a stamp of the royal family of Travancore loved during that time.

Location: Alappuzha Light House, CCSB Rd, Civil Station Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688012

Timings: 9 AM to 11:45 AM & 2 PM to 5:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 10

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Mullakkal Market

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If you want to go for shopping in Kerala and have a value for money, then the Mullakkal Market is where you should visit next. It is regarded to be the central market of Alleppey. You can get a lot of things at very reasonable prices. The price for every item on sale is the reason this market attracts a wide range of visitors every day.

Primarily known for selling gold and silver pieces of jewelry and offerings, the Mullakkal market also showcases a variety of metal utensils, incense, handicrafts, animal and wooden boxes, etc. You can also shop for fashionable attires during the wedding seasons. Exclusive items like carpets, rugs, hammocks, bags, cushion covers, souvenirs, etc. are also available at reasonable prices. 

Location- Alleppey, Kerala

Timing- 10:00 am to 08:00 pm

Entry Fee- Free

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Best Places to Visit in Kumarakom

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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For all avid bird watchers and fauna lovers, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is nothing less than a heaven. Set in the backdrop of Kerala Backwaters, this beautiful bird sanctuary is known for its lush green lawns and deep blue skies, which are adorned by birds from all over the world. The sanctuary, which is spread over 14 acres offers boat ride from Kavanar River or the Vembanad Lake. 

The main attraction of birds that can be seen here includes the duck, the Brahminy Kite, waterfowl and cormorant, darter and egret along with heron, cuckoo, moorhen, and owl. The place is also home to a number of migratory birds such as flycatcher, Siberian Crane, teal, lark and parrot. The bird sanctuary is probably most popular for having migratory birds from as far as Siberia and the Himalayas. 

Mostly an early morning trek, preferably before the sunrise, is one of the best ways of watching birds here. The birds leave their forest homes early in the morning and usually surround and fly over the lake, making it the hub for bird watchers from all over the world which makes this place one of the best tourist places in Kerala. 

Location:
 Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563

Timings
: 6:30 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee:
INR 50 

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Kumarakom Beach

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Kumarakom is one of the most breathtaking Kerala tourist places that is known for its backwaters, museums, scenery and the most fabulous beaches. One can look forward to having a refreshing getaway with adventure activities like swimming, water polo, snorkeling, volleyball, and other water sports activities. One can appreciate the calm nature on the beach resorts and look forward to relaxing and unwind by the beaches.

The place will leave you spellbound as you take a stroll by the beach which will leave your senses revived. There are also places where you can unwind with yoga, meditation and have a relaxing time enjoying an Ayurvedic massage at Kumarakom Beach.

Location:
Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala, 686563

Timings: 
All day.

Entry fee: 
None.

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Vembanad Lake

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The pulse of Kerala can be felt at the Vembanad lake, which is a confluence of ten rivers. The largest Lake in Kerala also the pride of the state is a labyrinth of several groups of small islands, lagoons, canals, and estuaries presenting an overwhelming display of nature’s glory.

Being a tourist hot spot exclusively for backwaters, one may find over five hundred Kettuvallams, traditional houseboats either plying or anchored to the banks. The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is on the banks of Vembanad, showcasing hundreds of migratory and local birds in their flamboyance.

Location: 16 km from Kottayam.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

Entry fee: None.

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Best Places to Visit in Kovalam

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Lighthouse Beach

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Kovalam is one of the best places to visit in Kerala and is the most visited tourist attraction in India. Kovalam beach is famous for the smooth white sandy beaches which run alongside the Malabar Coast. Lighthouse beach in Kovalam which is much loved by the people.

This beach was named after the 30 meters high lighthouse which stands tall on the beach. Located towards the southern end of the beach this acts as an observation platform Poovar and Beemapalli mosque. There is a total of 142 steps through which you can reach the top. The rhythmic tones of waves along with the cold breeze from the Arabian Sea are more than enough to enthrall any visitor here.

Location: 
Light House Beach Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Karamana River

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For a spectacular view of the backwaters and some serenity in life, heading to the Karamana river is a great idea. Karamana River is one of the Kerala places that you mustn't miss out on whether looking for a family outing or planning a picnic with friends.This famous attraction starts from the southern tip of the Western Ghats, flows through Thiruvananthapuram, and merges with the Arabian sea near Kovalam, after it flows westwards for 66 kilometres.

The area surrounding the river has several interesting things to look at and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty like Kerala special dryland crops such as pepper, coconut and rice. The lush greenery here creates an atmosphere of tranquility and allows one to enjoy themselves to the fullest. The Karamana river makes two important dams out of it- the Aruvikkara Dam and the Peppara Dam. 

Location:
Kovalam, Kerala.

Timings:
All day.

Entry fee:
None.
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Vellayani Lake

On the off chance if you are searching for a quiet place to spend your weekends the Vellayani Lake is one of the best tourist places in Kerela. This freshwater lake is an exceptionally well-known cookout spot and is found 7 km from Kovalam.

Voyagers come here for a boat ride or to invest the energy hailing the appeal of the scene while they invest some recreation time. During Onam, festival enthusiasm takes over as the popular traditional boat races are organized here. The peaceful lake entices individuals from great distances abroad to appreciate the grand perspective.

Location: 
Lake Rd, 7 km from Kovalam.

Timings: 
All day.

Entry fee: 
None.

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Valiyathura Pier

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Make your weekend unique with a visit to the most extraordinary tourist place in Kerela. Valiyathura Pier is somewhere else which is an unquestionable requirement visit destination in Kerela. This 214-meter long Pieris situated at the old port of Valiyathura, an unwinding shoreline at Kovalam.

This dock was utilized by the angler amid the high tide and is currently a well-known spot for calculating and photography. Upheld by 127 solid heaps, the dock had four 3-ton cranes and one 10-tonner to empty load from the boats. Since the wharf was situated in shallow waters, substantial boats needed to grapple in the remote ocean and transport their product in little vessels.

Location: 
Valiyathura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695008

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
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Neyyar Dam

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While you are in Kerala don’t miss a chance to visit the Neyyar Dam which is one of the most visited tourist places in Kerala. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghat this lake was established in the year 1958. This popular picnic spot is heaven for tourist in search of some serenity and isolation. Refresh your spirit as you visit this one of a kind dam while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

The Neyyar Dam is a part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is an abode of a variety of flora and fauna. One can find different species of wildlife like wild boars and elephants to the vast range of medicinal herbs. This place is definitely a paradise for nature lovers.

Location: 
Kallikkad, Kerala 695572

Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee: INR 10

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Hawah Beach

One of the most offbeat places to visit in Kerala, this beach is frequented by many for the peace it offers. Situated opposite to the Lighthouse beach, the Hawah Beach is enveloped with palm groves. Commonly known as the Eve’s Beach, this is one of the popular tourist places in Kerala doing its magic on anyone who visits it. If you visit here in the mornings, you will find fishermen going about with their lives, and it is pretty much fun to watch them go fishing in their tiny boats.

Nights here are very cool as well, as it is breezy and the moonlight falls on the waves. You can take a walk along the stunning coastline, gorge on some scrumptious seafood at the local shacks on the beach, or just get some natural tanning. Boat rides and surfing activities are also available here. If you are here in Kerala and looking for a perfect place to be, Hawah Beach is the best pick.

Location:
 Light House Beach Kovalam, Vizhinjam P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Best Places to Visit in Thrissur

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Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

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The chimmony wildlife sanctuary is located in Mukundapuram taluk of Thrissur district; one of the best places to visit in Kerala. It is spread along the Western Ghats. The place is a haven for more than hundreds of various species of birds, both common and endangered. Chimmony dam adds more beauty to the entire place where serenity has been displayed so well.

It is a protected area for a variety of wildlife, lush green forests, water reservoir etc. Also, you might get trekking and bamboo rafting facilities also around the sanctuary. So it is considered as a must visit a place that offers a breathtaking panoramic view.

Location: 
Chimmini Dam Road, Dist. Thrissur, Pariyaram, Kerala 680304

Timings: 
6 AM to 6 PM

Price: INR 10

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Thrissur Zoo

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The Thrissur Zoo or the State Museum Zoo is located in the center of the Thrissur city in Kerala. It is probably one of the most attractive tourist places to visit in Kerala if you wish to explore the exclusive fauna in Kerala. Earlier it was known as the Trichur Zoo, and it was opened in the year 1885. The zoo is spread over 13.5 acres of land, and it is home to a large variety of animals, birds, and reptiles.

Apart from animals, the zoo also has a lot of other attractions to explore like the Zoological garden, the Botanical Garden, a Natural History Museum, and an Art Museum that displays the socio-cultural heritage of Kerala. The museum has a beautiful collection of wood-carvings, metal sculptures, Kathakali figures, ancient ornaments and a selection of Kerala lamps, swords, rocks, and stuffed butterflies.

Location- Thrissur, Kerala

Entry Fee- Adult- INR 6, Children- INR 4

Timing- 09:00 am to 05:15 pm

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Athirappilly Waterfalls

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Fondly known as the ‘The Niagara of India,’ Athirappilly Falls is certainly the best waterfalls in the country. Located at the Chalakudy River, this waterfall has a total height of 82 feet and is located at the segmented type at an elevation of 390 feet.

The river just below the falls remains turbulent and resumes its calmness after a kilometer. The falls are also known for flowing towards the Arabian Sea and its environs are known for being home to a number of animals and plants, including endangered species.

Apart from the scenic beauty of this waterfall, the place is known for its wildlife, including animals such as Asiatic elephant, Sambar deer, leopard, bison and lion-tailed macaque. The forests here serve as a nestling bastion for Malabar Pied and Grey Hornbill along with the Great Hornbill. Teak, Bamboo and Eucalyptus are some of the trees that are widely found here.

Location: 
Athirapally, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur.

Timings: 
8 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: 
INR 15

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Vadakkunnathan Temple

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Vadakkunathan Temple in Thrissur is one of the must-visit places of Kerala that displays the tradition and authenticity of typical Kerala through its walls and structures. Standing in the middle of a huge ground known as Swaraj Round, Vadakkunathan temple is one of the biggest temples of Kerala and the main idol here is Lord Shiva.

Thousands of people visit the places everywhere and it is famous for hosting the renowned Thrissur Pooram, the festival with a maximum number of people comes together at a time. The temple bagged a UNESCO award for the conservation and renovation of the building. Anayoottu is yet another attraction carried by the temple with hundreds of elephants get good proper food.

Location: 
Swaraj Round N, Kuruppam, Thekkinkadu Maidan, Thrissur, Kerala 680001

Timings: 
3 AM to 10:30 AM & 4 PM to 8 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple

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Among the many Kerala places to visit, Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the best, and one of the largest temples in India. One of the many to participate in Thrissur Pooram, a local festival in Kerala, this temple houses deity Paramekkavu and deity Vaishnavi- an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

During the festival, one of the major attractions is the procession of fifteen caparisoned elephants from Paramekkavu to Vadakkunnathan temple. It also displays the rich architectural styles of the State. Come here if you’re a devotee, but also come if you’re a fan of history, architecture, and some cool breeze inside the temple. It is one of the most visited places in Kerala which you mustn’t forget to visit when here.

Location: 
Paramekkavu Devaswom Building, Round East, Thrissur, Kerala 680001

Timings:
4:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 4 PM to 9 PM

Entry fee:
None.
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Sakthan Thampuran Palace

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The Sakthan Thampuran Palace is a popular attraction in the history of the former ruling dynasty of Kochi, i.e., Perumpadappu Swaroopam. The palace is located in the center of the Thrissur town. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala because of its regal past. The palace was built in the Dutch and Nalukettu style of architecture which is rarely found in Kerala.

The castle attracts several tourists from all over the world due to its unique construction of two-stories and traditional Kerala Nalukettu style. The palace is also home to an intricate museum inside that has a massive collection of significant galleries like the Bronze gallery, Sculpture gallery, and the Epigraphy Gallery. These galleries showcase the advancement of ancient writings. The palace also is a resting place of Shakthan Thampuran. 

Location- Thrissur, Kerala

Timing- 09:30 am to 04:30 pm

Entry Fee- Adult- INR 5, Children INR 3

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Snehatheeram Beach

Snehatheeram beach is located in Thalikulam, calm place in Thrissur district and one of the best places to visit in Kerala. It is maintained by Kerala Tourism department; the beach is known as love shore. Domestic as well as international tourists flow towards this beach every year in an unlimited number.

The cleanliness, well-maintained surroundings, the cool water are the key factors that attract people. The view from the shore is enigmatically coupled with the relishing breeze around always. There is a children’s park as well with large aquariums, also there is a family restaurant nearby named Naalukettu. It is a better location to have a good time with your friends or family.

Location: 
Thalikulam, Thrissur.

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Best Places to Visit in Wayanad

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Chembra Peak

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Chembra peak joins Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. The peak is evident from almost all parts of Wayanad. This place is an excellent destination for trekking expeditions. You have to take prior approval from the Meppady forest office prior to the trek at Chembra Peak.

Night camping is not permitted at Chembra peak as there is a threat from wild animals. It will take at trivial three hours to reach the top point of Chembra peak. On the way to this peak, you can witness the heart-shaped lake, which is said that it has never dried up. It is one of the popular attractions of this peak.

This lake is known as 'hridhayathadakam'. From the summit of the peak, you can enjoy the views of whole Wayanad. You can also sight Kozhikode, Malappuram and Nilgiri districts from here. You will get amazed by the enthralling charm of nature here. There are many peaks nearby Chambra peak. But it is hard to climb into those, as they are cloaked with impenetrable forests.

Location: 
Chembra, Wayanad 673586

Timings: 7 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Kuruva Island

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Kuruva Island also known Kuruva Island is a preserved river delta, holding a group of islands in Kabini River. Sprawling over 950 acres of estate, Kuruva Island is richly populated with flora and fauna. The terrestrial distinctiveness of this island makes this place evergreen with a calm ambiance.

Living deep on this island, you can witness many beautiful structures like bridges constructed of bamboo trees and other rare species of trees. The isolated island is home to precious species of birds, orchids, herbal plants etc. The island is enclosed by streams and you can have a boat ride or raft within this stream enjoying the enchanting beauty of the island.

Location: 
Kuruva Island, Wayanad, Kalpetta, 673121

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10
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Pakshipathalam Caves

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Pakshipathalam caves- the very name of the place refers to the richness of birdlife here. Here virgin forests, rivulets, and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking. A cave which saints are believed to have used for meditation in ancient times has become a major attraction for tourists.

Pakshipathalam lies in the Brahmagiri hill range and is located close to Thirunelli temple, Wayanad in Kerala. A trek to Pakshipathalam takes you through moist deciduous forests, rolling hillocks, open grasslands, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves.

Also known as Munikal caves, this den of birds lies deep inside the forest. With no proper roads, the 8 km hike on the jungle trail is quite challenging.

Location: 
Tholpetty, 7 km from the Thirunelli Temple, Kalpetta.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: INR 50
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Edakkal Caves

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When it comes to exploring the hidden facets of Kerala, then there is no place better than the Edakkal Caves. These caves, which are situated near the Wayanad district, are known for having pictorial writings and details that are at least 6000 BC old.

Considered to be drawn and represented by the Neolithic man, these caves provide incredible insights into the prehistoric civilizations around the world. They aren’t technically caves, but they are rather considered to be clefts and rifts, with fissures that have been caused by splitting of rocks. Several tons of this cleft or the rift serve as a cave.

The carvings here are known for representing human and animal figures, providing an indelible insight into the presence of prehistoric settlement. In fact, the oldest one dates back to more than 8000 years ago and suggests that these Edakkal caves have been inhabited several times in history.

Location: 
Nenmeni, Kerala 673595

Timings:
8 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee: 
INR 15

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Wayanad Heritage Museum

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Also recognized as the Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, the Wayanad Heritage Museum is an archeological museum that houses a fascinating collection of artifacts that are said to have belonged to the ancient tribes of Wayanad. The collection dates back to the 2nd century and is individually rare in nature. The fascinating thing is that some of these artifacts date back to the Neolithic age. Items like terracotta figurines, memorial stones, and decorative objects are put on showcase here.

There are four sections in this museum- Deva Smruthi, Gotra Smruthi, Veera Smruthi, and Jeevan Smriti. Every section displays the way of living of the old age. If you ever wish to know how people used to live in the Neolithic period, you must visit the Wayanad Heritage Museum. It is one of the most intellectual places to visit in Kerala as it brings alive the bygone era in the simplest way possible.

Location- Wayanad, Kerala

Timing- 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Entry Fee- Adults- INR 15, Children- INR 5

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Banasura Sagar Dam

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Another tourist spectacle of Kalpetta is Banasura Sagar dam. It is the biggest earth dam in India and the second biggest of its class in Asia. The dam is made up of huge piles of stones and rocks. Situated about 15 km from Kalpetta, the dam contains a vast stretch of water and its striking beauty is flattered by the string of mountains seen on the backdrop.

It is structured in the Banasura Lake and the nearby hills are known as Banasura Hills. Stories say that the Asura king of Banasura undertook an intense punishment on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him. The scenic mountains invite adventure travelers and the dam site is an excellent starting point for trekking.

During monsoon, travelers may also be able to witness the small island in the dam’s pool. The boundless expanse of the clear aqua of the dam spotted with small islands is a photographer’s pleasure.

Location: 
Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara 673575

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: INR 10

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Thrissilery Shiva Temple

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Located in Wayanad, the Thrissilery Shiva Temple is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is visited by thousands of tourists regularly, along with the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Thirunelli, located 19 kilometers away from this temple. The shrine of Jala Durga is situated at this temple which was put there by the legendary Parasurama himself.

Located on the water tank from the Papanasini River, the temple is of considerable significance and must be visited on a trip to Kerala. The temple is also one of the oldest temples in Kerala. The temple is said to have been built by the Kings of the ancient medieval times. The festival of Mahashivaratri is celebrated here with utmost gracefulness and excitement.

Location- Wayanad, Kerala

Timings- 06:00 am to 08:00 pm

Entry Fee- Free

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

The animal sanctuary of Wayanad isn’t just for wildlife enthusiasts, it is also a great place for photographers, vacationers, couples and travelers who wish to choose unique rides of the state. With some unusual birds found in this place, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary has gained prime importance. Apart from birds, the wildlife area is also known for housing some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna.

With salubrious climate, the place is known for housing a wide range of flora, fauna and avian fauna. For instance, the forests here combine moist deciduous trees, including rosewood and bamboo. 
A number of semi-green patches are also found throughout the jungles here. 

Apart from them, monkeys, wild dogs, and bears are also popularly seen here. Monitor lizards, panthers and jungle cats are also quite common. In terms of avian fauna, peacocks are quite popular. They are widely seen dancing with their feathers open. Cuckoos, jungle fowls and woodpeckers can be witnessed by avid bird lovers. Babblers are also a common variety of avian fauna seen throughout the Wayanad Wildlife Reserve.

Location: 
Bathery- Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592

Timings: 7 AM to 10 AM & 3 PM to 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10

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Varkala Beach

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Varkala Beach is one of the famous beaches of Southern India located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This beach is also known as the Papanasam Beach with the word ‘Papanasam’ meaning ‘wash away your sins’. It is believed that a dip in the waters of this beach would wash away all your sins.

This region is quite famous amongst tourists owing to the fact that it is the only region in Kerala where cliffs can be seen adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are considered to be unique geographical features owing to the fact that they are the only elevation on the otherwise flat surface of Kerala.

Considering its beautiful location and amazing scenic beauty, this place is counted as one of the top Kerala sightseeing places. This beach is a haven for sunbathers and swimmers. And it also has an array of spas and exotic restaurants. 

People come here in masses each year to enjoy the aura of this place along with getting a beautiful glimpse of the setting sun, which is quite mesmerizing to experience. 
Apart from this, the beach also serves as an elegant spot for various kinds of water sports and spas, which is enjoyed in abundance by one and all who visit the Varkala Beach.

Location: Varkala 695141

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Bekal Fort, Kasargod

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The Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala and is one of the most important places to see in Kerala. It is spread across 40 acres of land and it appears as if the fort has come up from the sea considering the fact that almost 3/4th of its exterior is drenched along with the waves continuously hitting its citadel. 

It is believed that the fort was built in order to serve the purpose of defence because there are no remains of any palace, mansion or any such building found here. 
The outer walls of the fort had holes that were supposedly used to defend the fort effectively. There were two layers of holes on the outer walls, the upper and the lower.

The upper holes were constructed in order to aim at the farthest points while the lower ones were used to strike when the enemy was nearer. 
Presently the maintenance, preservation and protection of the fort have been given in the hands of the Archaeological Survey of India, which has been looking after its welfare quite efficiently.

Location: 
Kasaragod Road, PO Bekal Fort, Beside Bekal Fort Railway Station Dist, Bekal, Kerala 671316

Timings: 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 5

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Kottayam

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Kottayam being one of the popular places in Kerala reveals a number of administrative, educational and business related spots and attractions. Also, it is famous for its contributions to girls’ education and education as a whole. Religiously, culturally and economically Kottayam does a marvelous job in order to make itself an attraction always.

The famous backwater of Kumarakom is a part of Kottayam. The number of tourists coming to spend the holiday in houseboats is unbelievably increasing day by day. The typical Kottayam cuisines especially Non Vegetarian items are world famous.

The first college of Kerala that is CMS College has been established in this district of Kerala during the colonial period of India. Thirunakkara temple, Meenachilar, the birthplace of Saint Alphonsa, the huge rubber plantations and much more add heavenly beauty to this district at the center of Kerala.

Location: Kottayam, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Kuttanad

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Kuttanad, well known for its vast paddy fields from Kerala gets its staple food in a huge amount considered as one of the best tourist places in Kerala. Kuttanad is a part of Alappuzha district and it has the lowest altitude which is famous for being an important hotspot of farming.

The green paddy fields arrange a feast for the visitors’ eyes undoubtedly. Pamba, Meencahil, Achankovil, and Manimala are the major four rivers of Kerala lull Kuttanad for its unending farming activities. The village hosts the world-renowned Vallamkali as well that drags a countless number of tourists every year. Ramankari backwater is where this vallamkali happens.

Totally, Kuttanad is the place water blessed abundantly, for it is blanketed by many rivers, lakes, and backwater. The major tourism of Alappuzha rolls in the hands of Kuttanad. The cuisines related to water lives also stand as an essential factor to attract more tourists.

Location: Kuttanad, Alapuzzha, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Vagamon

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Famous for its cool climate during summertime, Vagamon is a tourist destination that attracts a number of international as well as local tourists everywhere. Consider this place while you are on a tour, for it is one of the beautiful places in Kerala.

It is a part of the tranquil Western Ghats and is nestled amidst lush green tea plantations and forests. National Geographic Traveller accounted for this one as one of 50 most attractive places to visit in India. Here, you can observe the most scenic valleys and hills lulled by fog, waterfalls, and striking greenery always.

It is an abode of beautiful flowers and orchids; the place is cuddled up within Thangal, Murugan and Kurishumala hills which represent the three prominent religions of Kerala. This area is a perfect pitch for moderate trekking, rock climbing, paragliding etc.

Location: 
Vagamon, Idukki district, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.
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Periyar National Park

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Periyar National Park and wildlife sanctuary is one of the most visited places in Kerala by people who love nature and like to explore te exotic wildlife that stays here. Situated in Thekkady, it is nestled amidst the cardamom hills, and offers a wonderful escapade from the humdrums of city life. The scenic beauty of this place has no comparison with any other part of Kerala.

Periyar National Park is super rich in its biodiversity, is home to tropical evergreen forests and covers the entire stretch of land. The park also houses a 100-year-old artificial lake inside, and you can find it in the heart of the sanctuary, which is frequented by most of the wild animals present in the park. Apart from tigers and elephants, you can find rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, Indian bison and leopards. Don't forget to indulge in a calming boat ride while you’re here with your tribe. 

Location: 
Kumily, Thekkady.

Timings:
 6 AM to 3 PM

Entry fee: 
INR 25

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Ponmudi

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One of the most ideal weekend getaways from Kerala, this one’s a hill station that is sometimes also referred to as the Kashmir of Kerala. Offering some of the most scintillating views of the valleys, misty mountains and the green carpet of flora, Ponmudi is a must-visit.

You will find various wildflowers, orchids, exotic butterflies, and several springs during your stay here, and if you’re fond of adventure activities like hiking and trekking, this hill station is really apt for you. You could also check with the local groups here who offer camping facilities. Or you could check into picturesque resorts and hotels and unwind and rejuvenate inside with your BAE. A part of the western ghats, Ponmudi really raises the bar when it comes to a perfect mountain getaway.

Location: Ponmudi, 
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Timings:
All day.

Entry fee:
None.

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Munroe Island

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Comprising of 8 beautiful islands separated by small water channels, Munroe Island is one of the most gorgeous places in Kerala. With various tourist attractions like the narrow waterways, canal cruise and the famous Kallada Boat Race held here during the 10-day festival of Onam, Munroe Island is worth a visit if you wish to give your bucket list some sweet adventures.

The place is mostly known for its relaxed and calm ambiance which offers a fresh respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With some glittering views of the each and coconut plantations, Munroe Island is a good visit to cherish some leisure time when you are vacationing in Kerala. Munroe Island is a pleasant visit if you are interested in getting a glimpse of the typical backwater island villages of Kerala.

Location: Puthen Purayil, Nemmani, Munroe Island, Kollam 691502,

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Peermede

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Boasting of verdant beauty with rolling hills and sparkling streams, Peermede is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. The pristine natural beauty of this place is enticing for every traveler and makes it a perfect getaway for families, adventure aficionados and honeymooners.

There are a number of beautiful plantations of tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and pine forests that dot the landscape of Peermede. There are also a number of trekking trails which can be explored around the beautiful landscape of Peermede allowing you to have an unforgettable vacation in Kerala.

Location: Peermede, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Thenmala

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Known as India’s first planned Ecotourism destination, Thenmala is one of the most wonderful places in Kerala. Literally meaning the ‘Honey Hill’, Thenmala is known for its quality honey and dense forests. The place is known for its eco-friendly activities and will enchant you with a number of adventures like boat rides, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Some of the popular places to visit in Thenmala are Thenmala Dam, Leisure Zone, Nakshatravanam and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Offering a refreshing experience to let you escape the worries of life, Thenmala is a wonderful vacation destination that you must see when you are visiting Kerala.

Location: Thenmala, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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