Kerala’s captivating beauty, backwater and lagoon attract more than ten million tourists every year. Along with it, this state is full of coconuts and elephants offers a rich biodiversity as well as cultural heritage. Kerala is considered to be the best city in India and it is nothing short of a paradise especially for a holiday.
Apart from the lush green hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala, backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are among the most prominent tourist destinations in Kerala. Not only this, but there are many more beautiful places that everyone should visit in their life. In our article today, we will tell you about the most visited tourist places in Kerala.
So,without wasting any time let’s start the article.
One of the largest tea-garden areas in South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations in Kerala. It is known as the commercial center of some of the world’s largest tea estates.
Apart from this, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endangered species like Eucalyptus, Thar and Nilkurinji. Located on the banks of three rivers – Madupetty, Nallathanni and Periyavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural viewpoints besides tea-gardens.
Munnar has a Tourist Information Office, bus station and there are lots of guest houses. Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Tea Gardens are its major attractions.
Vembanad Lake, situated on the banks of Kerala’s largest lake, is a group of many small islands reconstructed from Kumarakom Lake. Alleppey along Kumarakom, part of the Kuttanad region, has beautiful water areas and they are collectively the most important tourist center of Kerala. Sailing from Alleppey to Kumarakom you can enjoy a cruise or houseboat. You can spend the whole evening and night on a houseboat. Some fishing options will make the trip to Kumarakom more memorable.
Tourists will get to see the most exciting sport snake-boat race here, which you will have to visit during Onam in August and September. The backwater resort of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts which features panoramic views of the set and backwaters among the coconut trees. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located here is spread over 14 acres. Migratory birds like egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoos, wild ducks and Siberian cranes flock here and fascinate tourists. This is the beauty of Kumarakom.
Vagaman,1100 meters above sea level is a beautiful tourist destination in Kerala. If you are a forest lover, then you should roam in Vagamon. Vagamon is famous for film shooting. It is actually a man-made forest that was built during the British period. Another major tourist attraction in Vagamon is the Marmala waterfall. Marmala Waterfall, located along the Erattupetta route, symbolizes the peace of Vagamon. Thangalpara, which is basically a pilgrimage center, is surrounded by mountains.
Thangalpara is basically a huge rock on the edge of a ghat and has religious significance as it was once the resting place of Hasrat Sheikh Fariduddin Baba, a revered Sufi saint. Vagamon Lake is the perfect place to witness a spectacular sunrise or sunset. Vagamon is slowly attracting tourists with activities such as trekking, rock climbing and paragliding. The Kerala Tourism Department and the Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (AASTA) organize an international paragliding festival in Vagamon every year.
4. Periyar National Park
Periyar, the country’s largest tiger reserve, is a good place to enjoy the holidays. Periyar National Park is a major attraction where you can enjoy bamboo rafting at Mullaipiperiyar Dam. Here, you can enjoy spice gardens and various adventure games. You can also enjoy a night walk in the forest of Periyar.
The morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is a very good experience and you can see wild elephants, bison, wild boar, different types of birds etc. Anakara is also located nearby which is a great place to enjoy nature. About 5 km from here is the town of Murikkady which is famous for its coffee and spice plantations. Mangla Devi Temple opens at Chitra Purnamani Festival at an altitude of 1337 meters and about 15 km from Thekkady.
5. Poover Island
Poovar is a beautiful island which is a small rustic town situated 27 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyar River. The island has golden sand and the beautiful sunset is worth seeing. Poovar is primarily inhabited by the fishing community and is an ideal place to learn about the breathtaking culture and traditions of the local people.
Nestled in the lap of nature, Coonoor is famous for its beauty. Beaches, monuments, ancient temples will be seen in this beautiful city. The footprints of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and Mysore Sultanates are still spread in the town. Huge cashew trees have been planted here by the Portuguese, which attracts tourists.
The capital of Kerala, Trivandrum is a symbol of magnificent culture. Built on seven hills, the city was used only by maritime explorers but today Trivandrum is a metropolis with lots of scenic spots to visit. The incredible museum in Trivandrum, beautifully designed palaces, sacred temples and beaches are worth visiting. If you want to get familiar with the ancient history and culture of Kerala, then here is the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum and Napier Museum.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is located close to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the museum houses prized paintings, traditional furniture and other collections of the royal family. The Napier Museum, situated in the middle of the city is a beautiful example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and one of the most visited places in the city. The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts as well as other ancient ornaments and ivory and wood carvings. Both these museums provide valuable insights into the rich heritage of Kerala’s culture and history.
8. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of the Periyar River, this bird sanctuary is also called Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and is famous for its rich and varied bird life. This sanctuary is renowned ornithologist Dr Salim Ali. It came out in the year 1983 based on the recommendations made by Dr. Salim Ali. Spread over 25 sq km, it shelters more than 500 species of birds and rare birds such as Wayanad Hansingrush, Rufus babbler and white-bellied blue flycatcher. Bhootnathkuttu dam is also located nearby and is just 10 km from Thattektad in Ernakulam district. The dam is used by locals as a picnic spot.
Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, Alleppey city of Kerala is also known for beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination also houses some very famous Ayurvedic spas and wellness centers. Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha) is the oldest backwater city in Kerala. The place is famous for its many rivers which are on the shores of the sea and home to many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoon. Alleppey is often referred to as Venice of India. Traveling to Alleppey with backwaters houseboats and rural life can be the best experience of your life.
With popular waterfalls, historical caves, cozy resorts and home stays, this popular city is famous for its spice gardens and wildlife. Wayanad, one of the most beautiful areas of Kerala, is a good option for tourists visiting here. A part of the forest reserve, Wayanad lies on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The entire region is lush with mountain ranges, Tholapetti to the north, Muthanga in the east with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mantavists in the north-west and Sultan Bathory (Sultan Battery) in the east. Overall, Wayanad is a great place to celebrate weekends in South India.
11. Religious Place in Kerala : Thrissur
Thrissur, officially known as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is famous for promoting classical Kerala performing arts, religious sites and famous for Onam festival, Thrissur Pooram festival and Vadakkumanathan temple. The festivals celebrated here are major attractions for tourists and a trip to Thrissur is incomplete without going here. Other tourist destinations in Thrissur include the Wadakumanathan Kshatram Temple, Shakti Thamanpur’s Tomb, Archaeological Museum, Athirapally Falls, Heritage Gardens and many more.
Best Time to Visit Kerala
Months between September to February is considered to be very good for visiting Kerala. Summer is very hot here and monsoon is also very rainy, so winter time is the best for tourists visiting here.
How to reach Kerala
Kerala is accessible by air. The state has three main airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Two of which have an international airport in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, serving both major domestic and international flights worldwide.
Kerala is well connected to all the major cities in India, including the four metropolitan cities, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai through an effective train service link. There are about 200 railway stations in Kerala which connect to places both within and outside Kerala.
Roads in Kerala are in much better condition than other states of India. Kerala is directly connected by road with some neighboring states of South India like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Main means of road transport are buses, tourist taxis and autos.
I hope you will definitely visit Kerala and see the above 10 beautiful places. It’s really awesome place to visit.
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