Considered by many as “one of the places to visit before you die”, Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations on Earth. Located in the southern-most part of India, along the western
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Considered by many as “one of the places to visit before you die”, Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations on Earth. Located in the southern-most part of India, along the western coastal line, Kerala is popular for the incredible natural beauty it has across the state. It mesmerizes you with the insanely beautiful backwaters, misty plantations, diverse forest cover and the incredible beaches. Apart from the natural beauty, the extremely warm and welcoming locals make you feel at home. You can try the unique local cuisines with some of the most delicious non-veg delicacies you can imagine. The various local dance forms like Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Theiyyam and so on, are other ways to get entertained throughout the trip.
Due to the long coastline, Kerala is home to some of the best beaches in the country. Many people associate beaches with Goa, but Kerala is no less in terms incredibly beautiful beaches. Bypore, Kozhikode, Kovalam, Kochi and Aleppey have some of the most popular beaches of the state. The local shops selling street food offer you a great and unique experience.
The backwaters in Kumarakom and Aleppey are the most popular thing in Kerala among tourists. You can witness some of the most breath-taking views while travelling through the backwaters on a houseboat. You can rent a houseboat for a day or two, according to your needs, and can enjoy the best quality local food with freshly caught seafood that’s caught in front of you. You can even enjoy the fishing and spend a quiet evening in the serene backdrop. The backwaters provide you with some of the best sunrise and sunset views.
Munnar and Idukki are two of the best hill stations in the state. Both of them are filled with huge estates and plantations that offers you a chilly weather and some of the best views with the continuous green cover seen through the misty clouds. You can stay in the various resorts in the area and explore the hills by indulge in various adventure sports.
The other top tourist destinations in Kerala are Thekkady, Kochi, Kozhikode and Trivandrum. Thekkady lets you explore the incredible forest cover and the variety of flora and fauna, and is most popular for its majestic elephants. Kochi, the port city has a lot of history associated with it, as most of the foreign traders visited India through this city and it still has a huge influence of different cultures like Portuguese, Jewish, Dutch and so on. You must surely visit Kerala to understand why it is referred to as “God’s Own Country”.
Places that make your Kerala Holiday Packages for a life time.
Kochi : The port city of Kerala was the first place where the European traders came to the land of India for the first time in history of time. Therefore, you can see influences of multiple European countries, like France, Netherlands and Portugal, that visited this city. Kochi is a city of combination of multiple islands with Fort Kochi being the best and the most popular island of all. Fort Kochi takes you to a world that is quite different from the rest of the state of Kerala, popularly known for its serenity and greenery. It is also the most urban city in Kerala, with malls and metro in it.
Alleppey : Alleppey is the ideal place for you if you want to chill for a day or two and bask in all the natural beauty the backwaters has to offer. You can spend your time in a houseboat, eating freshly prepared seafood and while boating through the backwaters. Alleppey is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. In 2016, a survey by Centre for Science and Environment rated Alleppey as the cleanest city in Kerala. Apart from the beach and the backwaters, it has many temples with each holding a lot of religious significance.
Munnar : Munnar is the best hill station in Kerala, set amidst the misty Nilgiri Hills. It is a great place to visit especially in the winters, as you can experience snowfall as well at times, which is a rarity in the southern parts of India. The lush green plantations provide some of the most scenic landscapes. You can stay in any of the innumerable resorts or treehouses in the area and then explore the beautiful forests nearby. You can go for trekking or opt for an elephant ride that will take you through the greenery of Munnar. Since it was inhabited by numerous officers of British era, Munnar is laced with multiple estates and farms as well, many of which not works as resorts or guesthouses.
Thekkady : If you are interested in exploring the rich flora and fauna Kerala has, Thekkady is the place to be. It is home to the Periyar National Park, Periyar River and the Periyar Dam. All three are major tourist attractions of the state. It is a tiger reserve but has a variety of other animals like Elephant, Sambar, Gaurs, Lion-taped macaques and much more. It is also a great place for bird watching. You can stay in a resort nearby. Murikady, Chellar Kovil and Anakkar are some of the other places you can visit while in Thekkady.
Kumarakom : Kumarakom is the ultimate place for backwaters tourism in Kerala. The town, located just 16km away from the city of Kottayam, is set in the backdrop of the biggest lake in Kerala, the Vembanad Lake. You can enjoy the serene backwaters and the amazing local food from the various local restaurants as well. If you visit the Kumarakom during the local festival of Onam, you can enjoy the incredible boat races that involve long boats with more than a hundred men rowing a single boat in unison. Truly, a spectacle will stay with you for ages.
Kovalam : Kovalam is undoubtedly the most beautiful and happening beach in Kerala. The city has an endless line of coconut trees all along the shoreline, giving the sandy beach a stunning background. Kovalam was once a part of the popular Hippie Trail that led to Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and therefore has many cafes restaurants nearby, which entertained these travellers. Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach are the three most popular beaches in Kovalam that witnesses the maximum human traffic. Vellayani Lake, Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Art Gallery, Neyyar Dam and Aruvikkara Dam are some of the nearby places you can visit while in Kovalam.
Thiruvananthapuram : Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala and houses all the major legislative and judiciary houses of Kerala. The city also has some of the best palaces in Kerala that were once the residing places of the royals of the state. The Trivandrum Zoo is another popular attraction among tourists and locals as well. The southernmost part of the coastal place also has some beautiful beaches in it with Shankamukham Lakes being the most popular. The city is also home to the wealthiest religious shrine in the world with some estimates reporting the secret vaults of the temple having treasures worth a trillion dollars.
Wayanad : Wayanad is another forest area in Kerala that you can explore to witness some of the best wildlife in the country. The beauty of Wayanad lies in the fact that it has multiple trails that you can explore, once you get the permission from the Wildlife Reserve Authority. The offbeat trails will take you to some of the best hilltops that only a handful of people have witnessed. Apart from this, you can enjoy river rafting, bathe in the Soochipara waterfalls or take a jungle safari through the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Edakkal caves is another place that should not be missed by any of the travellers, as the secluded caves have ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to Neolithic age.
Marari Beach : Marari Beach is one of those beaches in the country that offers you peace while gazing at one of the best sunsets you can imagine. The beach lies 12kms away from the more popular Alleppey beach and hence is hardly visited by the tourists. You can get the vibe of having the beach all to yourself because of the less number of tourists here. You can reach the beach either by taking a train to the nearest station, Mararikulam or by road. National Geographic recently rated it among the “World’s Top 5 Hammock Beaches”, which just shows how beautiful the beach is.
Athirapally : Athirapally is a village set a few kilometres away from the city of district of Thrissur. The various waterfalls in the village makes it a popular tourist place in Kerala with thousands of tourists exploring the place every year. Athirapally Falls, Chalakkudy Falls and Vazachal Falls are the best falls that you can witness. You can indulge in Jungle Safari but you need to take special care not to cause any harm in the ecosystem, as it is a highly protected area under the Kerala government. There are different routes to reach the village, all equally beautiful, so you can take any of the routes that best suits your travel plans.
Thrissur : Thrissur is one of the 14 districts in Kerala and is referred to as the revenue district of the state. It houses more than 10% of the state’s population. The district is also the cultural capital of the state, as it witnesses innumerable festivals of all different religions being organised throughout the year. The Thrissur Pooram in April is the biggest celebration of them all with dozens of decorated elephants being the centre of attraction. Lakhs of people visit this celebration every year and enjoy the festivities. The district has a plethora of temples, churches and mosques, with some of them being hundreds of year old.
Varkala : Varkala is another beach in the coastal state of Kerala, lying on the Arabian Sea. One cannot look past the stunning landscape the beach provides with unusual red sandstone cliffs in the background of the shores with never ending sea lying in front of you. The mineral water springs is another one of the unique things that you can witness in Varkala. Janardana Swami temple, referred as the Dakshina Kashi, is one of the important temples for Hindus. Apart from this temple, you can also visit the Sivagiri Mutt, the mausoleum of a social reformer and healer Sree Narayana Guru.
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