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50 Best Places to Visit in Kerala

 

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    • While you are hunting down a portion of the best places to visit in Kerala we present to you the most energizing rundown which will without a doubt make your excursion exceptional. With its wealth of greenery and the mountain Kerala has ended up a standout amongst the most went by vacationer destination in India. Superb excellence snatches the consideration of the visitor and adjacent mountains have astounding perspective.

      Tourism area is the one of the principle division which contributing a lot of the aggregate national yield. With the backwater lakes and houseboat this destination is an absolute necessity visit for all. Quiet shorelines, created atmosphere, lavish green slope stations, peaceful extends of backwaters, and outlandish natural life are the most looked for after attractions of this area.

      While you are in Kerala don't miss an opportunity to visit a portion of the spots like Thekkady, Fort Kochi, Muzhappilangad Beach, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Periyar National Park, Santa Cruz Basilica, Vadakkunnathan Temple, Mattancherry Palace, and Chembra Peak .

      Revive yourself alongside family and companions by investigating the various exercises and entrancing beautiful areas the city proffers. Treat yourself to fun and educational sustenance and wine visits. Attukal Waterfalls is another such place which you should visit while you are there.
    • Munnar

    • 01TATA Tea Museum


      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 machineries 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.

      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.

      How to Reach: The museum is easy to locate and can be accessed by any local transport.

      Timings: Opened daily from 10 AM to 4 PM.

      Price: Approximate price starts from 75 INR.

    • 02Eravikulam National Park, Idukki

      Eravikulam National Park isn’t just a Kerala sightseeing place;  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.

      The Eravikulam National Park is maintained by the State and the Anamalai Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats is currently being considered to be a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. 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 natural source of water to the wildlife here

    • 03Indo Swiss Dairy Farm

      Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
      The Indo Swiss Project in Kerala was first established in the year 1963 under a mutual accord between the India Government and the Swiss Confederation. The main objective of the Indo Swiss Farm was to developing the new breed of cattle custom made to the local environment.Mattupetty Indo Swiss Project is a highly specialized dairy farm, a cattle center and a research centre.

       It is a farm where over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared. It is a worth visiting place and worth for time and money. The state’s tourism has provided certain timings when tourists may make their visit. Visitors are allowed only in the 3 of the 11 cattle workshop at the farm.

      How to Reach: There are numbers of taxis outside the station which you take it on hire. Mattupetty town can be easily accessible by road from Munnar.

      Timings: The visiting hours at the farm are from 09:00 am to 11:00 am and 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm.

      Price: The entry ticket is of only 5 rupees per head.

    • 04Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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      If you want to see a blend of all places to see 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 natural 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.

      Thoovanam Waterfalls are the perfect spot for those who wish to be enchanted by the natural surroundings of Kerala. The stunning waterfalls and the River Pamber are known for enthralling visitors from all over the world. Eco-tourism is practised in this wildlife sanctuary and therefore, travellers are expected to be friendly and saviours of nature. Treks here are mostly organised to the Dolmens, which is a megalithic burial site. Here one can learn more about the history of the country and enjoy sighting crocodiles or boars during the hike. The jungles and the majestic hills of the Western Ghats serve as the perfect backdrop for an adventurous, exploratory trip to Chinnar.

    • 05Mattupetty Dam

      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 sport activities like speed boating organized by 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.

      How to Reach: The dam is about 13 km from Munnar, well connected to other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by Public transport buses.
    • 06Anamudi

      Anamudi
      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 a home to the largest surviving populations of Asian Elephants, endangered Gaurs, exotic Nilgiri Langurs, and lion-tailed macaque.

      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 kms. Trekkers who wish to climb on the top are required to submit a special permission from Eravikulam National Park authorities.

      How to Reach: The Anamudi Peak is an hour drive from Munnar at the height of 2695 meters above sea level and it is supposedly the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
    • 07Attukal Waterfalls

       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.

      How to Reach: The waterfall lays 9 km away from the Munnar town, on the way to Pallivasal and can be accessed by any road transport.
    • Kochi

    • 08Fort Kochi

      Among the Kerala sightseeing places, 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.

      This region in earlier times was basically a fishing village during the time of pre-colonial Kerala and it was christened as Fort Kochi after the Portuguese occupied this territory and constructed a fort near the waterfront. This fort was initially named Fort Emmanuel, which was later destroyed by the Dutch.

      It is said that behind the Fort, the Portuguese had built a church of St. Francis where the body of Vasco da Gama was initially buried. Since the earlier time Cochin was the principal trading zone of the country for foreign travellers, the ownership of Fort Kochi region passed on to several hands.

      However the Portuguese were the only ones to have ruled this region for the longest period of time, which was around 160 years until in the year 1683 the Dutch captured the territory. After having ruled this region for 112 years, the British capsized this territory in 1795.

      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.

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    • 09Cherai Beach

      Cherai Beach
      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.

      Best time to visit: It is good to visit the beach any time you would like but better if you avoid the rainy season since there will be high tides during that time.

      Getting there: It is located very close to the main boat jetty of Kochi and just 30 minutes away from Cochin International Airport.
    • 10Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

      Kodanad on the banks of Periyar River along with the beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, Ernakulam is the largest elephant training centers and one of the best places to visit in Kerala Since elephants are unavoidable in any occasion of Kerala people such as temple festivals, processions, cultural shows etc, they get proper care always.

      Elephant care centers in Konni and Muthanga are quite famous but Kodanadu has a large number of elephants being trained and cared.

      Best time to visit: Any day round the year is good to visit the center. The timing will be from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

      Getting there: It is located near to Cochin International Airport, around 20 KM and about 45 KM away from Ernakulam railway station.
    • 11Santa Cruz Basilica

      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.

      Best time to visit: Anytime round the whole year is suitable to visit the Basilica.

      Getting there: The church is located at a distance of 1 hour 30 minutes away from Cochin International Airport and you can get a cab to reach there. 
    • 12Hill Palace of Tripunithara

      Thripunithura Hill Palace is the largest archeological 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.

      Best time to visit: The palace will be opened on all days except Monday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM.

      Getting there: It is located at a distance of around 35 KM from Cochin International Airport and it will take almost one hour to reach there. 
    • 13Marine Drive, Kochi

      Marine Drive, Kochi
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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 places in the state.

      The Rainbow Bridge here is quite popular and provides travellers a chance to enjoy structural beauty of this place. The drive is located at an economically thriving region of Kochi.

      Marine Drive doesn’t allow any vehicles on the walkway. Therefore, it is a pollution-free zone. Featuring several shopping malls, Marine Drive is currently one of the most important regions for shopping in Kochi.

      Therefore, shopaholics visiting Kerala must check out this place to enjoy shopping at a number of uber cool stores. Several fast food joints, including McDonalds, Coffee Bar and Marrybrown are present here.

      Visit Marine Drive in Kochi if you wish to experience the bounties of a sunset. The beauty of this region, along with 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 kilometres 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.

    • Alappuzha

    • 14Alleppey Backwaters

      Magnified by water everywhere, Alleppey is the favorite tourist destination in Kerala; it is dedicated to refreshing each visitor’s mind with the salubrious nature and serenity. Alleppey is all green always with the large backwater and umpteen coconut groves. Alleppey backwaters contribute tremendously toward Kerala tourism; the houseboat cruises, resorts, toddy shop food, entertainment shows, water-related activities together weave a wonderful vacation.

      Monsoon is the most special season to spend your vacation in Alleppey since the water level is the highest along with Vallamkali or the unique boat race of Kerala could be seen during the months from June to September. Backwaters of Alleppey has a lot more in its storehouse which extends ultimate fun to the visitors; the houseboat running on the stagnant green water is a dream space for honeymoon couples.

      All tourists undoubtedly mark Alleppey backwaters as a must visit place while they head for a world tour.

      Getting there: Alleppey backwaters are just 2 hours away from Cochin International Airport.

      Best time to visit: Anytime is suitable to visit Alleppey backwaters but monsoon exemplifies the entire scenario

    • 15Alleppey Beach

      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 light house 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.

      Families, groups of friends, couples and many more just gather here for celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries. Kuttanad, Marari, Pathiramanal etc are the main attractions near to the beach.

      Getting there: It is 58 KM from Cochin International Airport

    • 16Krishnapuram Palace

      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. 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 by 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

      Getting there: It is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Cochin International Airport

    • 17Nehru Trophy Boat Race

      Nehru Trophy Boat Race
      Started in 1952 Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most famous tourist attraction of Kerala since it is seen only in Kerala. Boat race or Vallamkali is termed as snake boat race in which the Chundan vallam, specially designed boats take participation.

      Chundan vallam is the long-tailed boat that can carry more than 100 rowers and they compete to win the trophy named as Nehru Trophy. In 1952, when Nehru visited Kerala, he was amused by this festive event and sponsored the trophy for the winners.

       The race happens on the Punnamada Lake in Alleppey. In Nehru Trophy Vallamkali, a lot of boat clubs participate. They come for the competition after a long term of practice and hard work. It is like a colorful festival which holds thousands of viewers from different parts of Kerala. There are subcategory competitions as well for other types of boats rather than Chundan.

      Best time to visit: Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year

      Location: Nehru Trophy Boat Race Finishing Point Stadium, Finishing Point Road, Punnamada, Finishing Point, Alappuzha,

      Getting there: 80 KM south of Cochin International Airport. 70 minutes journey by N.H 47.


    • 18Marari Beach

      Marari Beach
      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.

      Beach-based business or tourism development is also an attractive factor
      Marari is the shortened name for Mararikulam, a fishermen’s village.

      Getting there: It is at a short distance from Alleppey and 60 KM from Kochi.


    • 19House Boat Tour in Alleppey

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      • Known as the Venice of India, Allepey is famous for it's azure blue backwaters and it's charming houseboats. 
      • Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of God's Own Country while you sail peaceful on a wonderful houseboat. 
      • Start your journey from Cochin and indulge in mouthwatering Kerala delicacies. Spend a night under starts on the house boat.
      • Visit the famous Fort Kochi and take time off to shop at Lulu Mall. 
      • Conclude your magical trip by getting dropped to the nearest airport or railway station. 
    • 20Alappuzha Lighthouse

      Alappuzha Lighthouse
      Built in 1862, the Alappuzha lighthouse is a favorite sight 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

      Best time to visit: The Alappuzha lighthouse can be visited from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM every day but visit the place during the months between October and February.

      Getting there: It will take around 2 hours and 30 minutes from Cochin International Airport to reach the spot via NH66




    • 21St. Mary's Forane Church

      St. Mary’s Forane Church in Alleppey is one of the most famous churches of Kerala. It is a Syro-Malabar Catholic church that is considered as an ancient Christian Church in Kerala. Located in Champakkulam, is the mother church of almost all Catholic churches in Alleppey district; believed to be established in AD 427.

       The history of the church being scripted on several rock structures along with many other archeological artifacts also being depicted inside the church. This church has plenty of parishes under its control in and around Champakkulam.

      Getting there: By road - 15 KM away from Alleppey, 18 km from Changanassery. From Champakulam West bus stand, the Church is immediate next on the east side. From Champakulam East bus stand, the Church is on the west side, you need to cross the River Pampa (Ferries are available).

      Water - Linked by boat service through the backwaters to Alappuzha which will take almost one hour.
      Nearest Rail heads are Alleppey and Changanassery.
      Nearest International Airports are Kochi (Nedumbassery) - 85 km. Thiruvananthapuram - 150 km.


    • Kumarakom

    • 22Kumarakom 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. In connection with the World Wetlands Day, Kumarakom organised special bird watching programme. Even today, these programmes are organised with great zeal and zest.

      The main attraction of birds that can be seen here include 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. Here, treks and a number of other adventure activities are also organised for those who need a rush of adrenaline. The sanctuary also has a museum nearby.

    • 23Kumarakom Beach

      Kumarakom Beach
      Kumarakom beach is an immaculate spot to unwind and appreciate different sorts of shoreline exercises and water sports. The pleasant encompassing of the Kumarakom shoreline draws in a colossal number of vacationers from all parts of the world.

       The shoreline gives a quiet and loose experience and is very much encouraged with every single essential prerequisite like extensive resorts, shopping buildings, and eateries. Other than its dazzling shoreline, Kumarakom likewise offers its guests with the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Backwater Cruises, Vembanad Lake and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is heaven for Bird lovers as they can watch a wide assortment of fowls.

      Highlights: The shoreline permits different open air exercises including water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, sculling, sunbathing and swimming.
    • 24Backwater Cruise

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      Pack your bags and take off into the field that offers a nearby take a gander at provincial town life-dinghy anglers dispatching their cockleshell boat, huge herds of tamed ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks.

       This is going to be the best outing for you.Watch the cattle grzing in the fields lotuses gliding here and there in little shallow lakes, channels. The best thing about this Backwater Cruise is the amazing nights which you will be spending on the boat.

      Highlights: Surrounded by pleasant scenes, affecting coconut woods and stretch out of thriving paddy field, the superbly clear water of the lake gives really vital peace and treats to the eyes of the visitors. Floating in the perfect water of the lake let you soaked yourself in the unparallel nature greatness of the spot.
    • 25The Vembanad Lake

      There is yet another destination which you should visit this weekend. Vembanad Lake is one of the best places to visit in Kerela. The lake is one of the longest lake in India and is is approximately 14 kilometres wide.This captivating lake is an outing spot and a quick creating backwater tourism destination, gives drifting, angling and touring encounters that are genuinely invigorating.

       The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat travels and occasion bundles.Of late this place has become one of the most visited place by the people all over the world.

      Highlight: The peaceful lake wakes upduring Onam with a tremendous water regatta - the snake boat races. It is in fact astounding to watch rowers, no less than a hundred in one pontoon, cut their way through the waters to the quick cadence of their own full throated singing.
    • 26Bay Island Driftwood Museum

      On your next trip to Kerala don’t miss a chance this one of kind museum which displays a unique collection of superior driftwood sculptures of very high artistic value. This is one of the best places to visit in Kumarakom. This museum have some rare and innovative modern art form.

      Located at the scenic village in Kumarakom this museum holds huge collection of root sculptures of various shapes and designs. It is said that the a dynamic lady school teacher used to collect the pieces of driftwood deposited by the sea in the sea shores which consisted of tree trunks, stumps and roots which eventually could be form into sculptures.

      Highlights: People from far and wide comes to visit this museum every day and admire the connoisseurs of this rare and innovative form of art frequent the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Today the student community has adopted the art form which inculcates in them the qualities of imagination, creativity, originality, and initiation to produce useful articles out of materials normally considered waste.

      Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM

      Sunday: 11.30 AM to 5 PM

      Monday: Holiday
    • Kovalam

    • 27Lighthouse Beach

      Kovalam is Kerala is one of 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 metres 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 enthral any visitor here.

      Highlights: The beach is also a perfect location for numerous adventure activities like swimming, surfing, parasailing and paragliding are just a few to mention which can thrill any adventure seeker.

      Getting there: If you are taking a flight then the nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport is about 10 km.
    • 28Karamana River

      Karamana River
      Karamana River is another famous attraction in Kerela which is very famous among the people. Starting from the southern tip of the Western Ghat flows the Karaman River. This river merges with the Arabian Sea near Kovalam, after flowing 66 km westward.

      The areas near the river mainly consist of dry land crops such as pepper, coconut, and rice. The river has two important dams, Aruvikkara Dam and Peppara Dam. This place offers a spectacular view of the lush greenery and the backwaters.

      Highlights: The place is famous among the people for the backwater cruises. One can enjoy houseboat cruises or some adventurous activities like kayaking, canoeing etc.

      Getting There: The nearest airport to Kovalam beach is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) International Airport. The place is also well connected with the major cities and you can easily take a bus from any of the cities.
    • 29Vellayani Lake

      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 places to visit 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.

      Highlights: Surrounded by picturesque scenes, influencing coconut forests and extend of flourishing paddy field, the perfectly clear water of the lake gives truly necessary peace and treats to the eyes of the guests. Drifting in the flawless water of the lake let you drenched yourself in the unparallel nature magnificence of the spot.

      Getting There: The closest airport situated in Kovalam is the Trivandrum International airplane airport at a distance of 11 km. Kovalam is well connected to Trivandrum and other major cities of Kerala by regular road transport services.
    • 30Valiyathura Pier

      Make your weekend unique with a visit to the most extraordinary spot 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 Konalam.

      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 littler vessels.

      Highlights: During the stormy seasons, the rushes of the Arabian Sea get to be hard to arrange for the anglers of Kerala; particularly those setting off to the ocean on sailboats.
    • 31Neyyar Dam

      Neyyar Dam
      While you are in Kerala don’t miss a chance to visit the Neyyar Dam which is one of the most visited place. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghat this lake was established in the year 1958. This popular picnic spot is a 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.

      Highlights: The Neyyar Dam is a part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is an abode of 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 the nature lovers.

      Getting There: The nearest airport to the Trivandrum Airport which is at a distance of 38 km. If you are taking a train then the Trivandam Railway station is 32 km away.

    • 32Hawah Beach

      Hawah Beach
      Hawah beach is one of the best beach in Kovalam which is a hit among the people. This beach lies opposite to the light house beach. This beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches among the beaches in Kovalam. While you are the visit you can see the stack of palm grooves.

      If you visit the beach in the early morning you will find it filled with fishermen who will be busy with their day to day life. Hawa beach is separated from other beaches by the foreland of Edakkalu.

      Getting There: The most convenient way to reach the beach is to take a bus from the Trivandrum city. You may also hire taxis or auto-rickshaws for convenience. 
    • Thrissur

    • 33Athirappilly Waterfalls,Thrissur

      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 as segmented type at an elevation of 390 feet.

      The river just below the falls remains turbulent and resumes its calmness after a kilometre. 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.

      Its natural beauty is riveting and rejuvenating, that’s the reason why this place in Kerala must not be missed. In fact, the enchanting beauty of this place has also been captured by the lens of filmmakers, especially in Malayalam movies, popular Hindi movies such as Dil Se, Guru, Raavan and others.

    • 34Vadakkunnathan Temple

      Vadakkunathan Temple in Thrissur, is one of the must visit places of Kerala that displays the tradition and authenticity of the 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 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.

      Best time to visit: Vadakkunathan hosts Pooram in April every year. For this festival encompasses tradition in a whole manner, the loud orchestra, multiple colours, the ornamented elephants and fire cracks give a feast to your eyes.

      Getting there: Maximum 4 KM from Thrissur Railway Station and you can get an auto to reach the destination. 
    • 35Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple

      Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
      Paramekkavu Devi temple is one of the largest temples in India which could be considered as one among the best places to visit in Kerala. It is one of the many temples that participates in the huge festival of Kerala, Thrissur Pooram.

       The temple is situated opposite to Vadakkunnathan Temple, another huge temple. The major deity of Paramekkavu is a goddess. The cool breeze inside the temple solaces each devotee’s heart. The Kerala architectural style is beautifully displayed at each point of the temple.

      Best time to visit: During April, when the Thrissur Pooram happens, thousands of people gather here to enjoy the largest festival of Kerala. Different types of rituals in the temple are performed during this time.

      Getting there: It is located near the Swaraj round, opposite to Vadakkunatha Temple, 4 kilometers from Thrissur railway station. You can get there by an auto. 
    • 36Snehatheeram Beach

      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 enigmatic 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 as Naalukettu. It is better location to have a good time with your friends or family.

      Best time to visit: Any time round the year is perfect to visit this beach. But it will be good to avoid visiting during high tide time.

      Getting there: You can reach there by car. It is 25 KM away from Thrissur Railway station that takes around 45 minutes.  
    • 37Chimmony wildlife sanctuary

      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 place that offers a breathtaking panoramic view.

      Best time to visit: If it is the rainy season, the entire place exposes an enchanting view of the dam and the forests. Also, rafting will be exciting during this time. During winter time, more migratory birds will be coming to the sanctuary exhibiting a scintillating sight.

      Getting there: It is located around 40 KM away from Thrissur railway station taking almost 1 hour 30 minutes to reach. 
    • Wayanad

    • 38Chembra Peak

       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 with 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.

      How to Reach: From the town of Meppady you can reach the peak through walking or by a short trek.
      Ascend to Chembra Peak in Wayanad

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    • 39Pakshipathalam Caves

      Pakshipathalam Caves
      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 eight-kilometer hike on the jungle trail is quite challenging.

      How to Reach: Pakshipathalam in Wayanad district of Kerala, is located 7 km northeast of Thirunelli and can be reached only by trek.
    • 40Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

      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.

      Discovered by Fred Fawcett, these caves are now considered to be a pivotal part of the history and development of different civilizations. Apart from being important for anthropological and historical reasons, these caves are also known for providing incredible information about developments of society.

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    • 41Banasura Sagar Dam

      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.

      How to Reach: The can be reached by any local road transport from Kalpetta.
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    • 42Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

      The animal sanctuary of Wayanad isn’t just for wildlife enthusiasts, it is also a great place for photographers, vacationers, couples and travellers 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. Elephant rides are quite popular here.

      Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is best known for tiger spotting. As a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, this area is protected well and that is why the sanctuary animals and plants get the best habitat possible. Belonging to the Nilgiri Sub-Cluster, Wayanad is also being considered by UNESCO for its coveted World Heritage Site title.

      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. Animals such as elephants are widely popular. Rides are organised on them. In fact, in case of tiger sighting, elephant rides may be organised for tourists, providing them a closer look at this valiant, elusive animal.

      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.

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    • 43Kuruva Island

      Kuruva Dweep 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.

      How to Reach: The island is situated 15 km away from Mananthavady, 58 kilometres from Sultanbathery and 40 kms from Kalpetta. There are frequent buses from Manathavady to Kuruva Island.

      Timings: The island is opened during the months from October to May .The time schedule is from morning 9 to evening 5.

    • Other Popular Places to Visit in Kerala

    • 44Kottayam

      Kottayam being one of the popular places to visit in Kerala reveals a number of administrative, educational and business related spots and attractions. Also, it is famous for its contributions towards 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 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 centre of Kerala.

      Best time to visit: Anytime during the year is suitable for visiting Kottayam 
    • 45Kollam

      Kollam is known as the place of cashew nut and one with plenty of water-based attractions. It is considered as one of the good places to visit in Kerala. The basic point of tourism is Ashtamudi Lake around which a number of resorts and restaurants are located. Paravoor is a quite famous area of pure tranquility and serenity being disposed parallel to the attractive atmosphere of the resorts.

       The fresh water lake of Kerala, Shasthamkotta is yet another feature of Kollam tourism. The origin of Kathakali is from this particular district as history says. The world famous Kottarakkara Ganapathi temple belongs to Kollam. Also, you can visit the many cashew nut factories of Kollam at any time you wish to.

       In addition to these, visit Neendakara where you can see the vast harbor brimming with fresh fish caught from the Arabian Sea. Altogether Kollam situates as a popular place to visit at any time of the year since it has a moderate climate throughout the year.
    • 46Vagamon

      Famous for its cool climate during summer time, 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 among the beautiful places to visit 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 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.

      Best time to visit: If you wish to see the exact beauty of the place directly, visit during the winter time. The entire location would be filled with chilling fog. 
    • 47Bekal 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 fort had been such constructed by Shivappa Nayaka in 1650 AD to keep an extensive lookout at the entire town, the view of which was aptly provided from its observation tower.

      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.

      It was in 1992 that the Bekal Fort was opened to the tourists under the permission issued by the Government of India, declaring the fort to be a special tourism area. Later in 1995 the Government formed the Bekal Tourism Development Corporation for transforming the fort into an excellent international tourist centre.

      Presently the maintenance, preservation and protection of the fort has been given in the hands of the Archaeological Survey of India, which has been looking after its welfare quite efficiently.

    • 48Kuttanad

      Kuttanad, well known for its vast paddy fields from Kerala gets its staple food in a huge amount considered as one of the best places to visit 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.

      Best time to visit: If you visit during the months of August and September, you will be able to witness the exhilarating water sport that is Vallamkali. Any other time round the year is suitable for your visit. 
    • 49Periyar National Park, Idukki

      When it comes to natural beauty and wildlife, then one of the best places to visit in Kerala is the Periyar National Park and wildlife sanctuary. With its endless stretches of vast green lands and a beautiful amalgamation of flora and fauna, Periyar National Park allows one to enjoy a fruitful rendezvous with the wild.

      The park, which is best known for its elephants and tigers, is a virtual heaven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

      Lying in the middle of the mountainous terrain of the Cardamom Hills, the Periyar National Park features a Periyar Lake, a reservoir and has permanent source of water for its wildlife.

      The temperature here serves wildlife well and helps in thriving of flora and fauna. Made of tropical green forests along with grasslands and moist deciduous forests, the Periyar National Park features eucalyptus and a range of lake and river ecosystems.

      Don’t be surprised if you witness tigers and elephants or see tigers on the back of an elephant. The national reserve has over twenty Bengal Tigers that are located all through the 640 square kilometres of the park. The place has at least 35 species of mammals, including some of the threatened species.

      Periyar is also known for having Indian Elephants, which co-exist with mammals such as Gaur, Wild Pig, Jungle Cat, and Lion-tailed Macaque, Indian Giant Squirrel and Sambar Deer. Periyar is also known for tea, cardamom and coffee plantations in its environs, providing a perfect backdrop for meeting with animals.

    • 50 Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

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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. The geologists have termed these cliffs as Varkala Formation, which has now been declared as a geological monument by the Geological Survey of India.

      Considering its beautiful location and amazing scenic beauty, this place is counted as one of the top Kerala sightseeing places. This beach is a heaven for sun bathers 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.