A surreal destination, Kerala is also known as “God’s Own Country”. One of the most beautiful paradises on earth, the destination attracts tourists from all over the world. A land of rich culture and heritage, it has plenty to offer like hill-stations, backwaters, hamlets, commercial cities, and many more.
With nature endowing plenty of blessing on this paradise. It is an ideal holiday destination for families, couples, a couple on honeymoon, or those just looking for a romantic getaway. If you too are planning for a vacation there, do check out the most popular destinations that must be a part of your itinerary. Read on
Alleppey- The Backwater Hotspot
You cannot plan a trip to Kerala and not visit Alleppey. Called as the ‘Backwater Capital of India,’ and ‘Venice of the East,’. Alleppey is known for its offbeat backwaters and mesmerizing beauty. Located on the bank of the azure Vembanad Lake, the place is best experienced with its houseboat cruise and stay.
Vast expanses of paddy fields, exciting fishing villages, quaint chapels, lakes filled with lilies, etc. are some of the other attractions that will make you hooked to the place. From its unique delicacies with plenty of coconuts and served on banana leaves, the famous Snake Boat Race, several temples, night walks, crazy campfires, etc. are some attractions that will keep you thoroughly engaged and entertained.
Munnar-The Tea Heaven
Located in the lap of the Western Ghats and at the height of 1,600 m above sea level, Munnar is a popular hill-station of Kerala. The place is the meeting point of three rivers- the Kundalay, Mudrapuzha, and Nallathanni.
With lush green landscape, picturesque mountains, rolling hills, high clouds, spectacular views of misty valleys and lakes, and waterfalls; you might just wonder of beauty originated from here!. The never-ending lush forests and tea plantations add a touch of magic to the serene atmosphere and soothing ambiance.
Those looking for an adrenaline rush can enjoy adventurous activities here like paragliding, rock climbing, and trekking. You can visit this hill-station any time of the year, and we are confident that you will end up panting for more!
Wayanad- Nature’s Very Own Garden
Wayanad is a significant contributor to Kerala being called as ‘God’s Own Country. Cradled in the Western Ghats, it is one of the greenest places in Kerala. At an altitude of 700-2,100 m, the hill station boasts of enchanting beauty, lush and pristine forests, and plenty of thrilling activities.
The place is a ‘land of paddy fields.’ The hill station also offers you a unique experience of staying in a treehouse. With about 50 tribes inhabiting the place, you get some magical insights into the tribal heritage and culture. Popular attractions of the destination include a visit to the old Jain temples, trekking to Chembra Peak and Meenmutty Falls, a wildlife safari at the Muthanga and Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuaries and many more. The lucky visitors get the rare treat of enjoying the bloom of the Neelakurinji flower that blooms once in twelve years.
The rocky terrain of the area offers plenty of adventurous activities as well. It is a holiday destination that offers something exciting for every age group and every type of tourists.
Kumarakom- A Glimpse of Paradise
This quiet hamlet is situated near the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom will cast a magical spell on you with its alluring sceneries and exotic ecosystem. Its backwaters are fringed by new paddy fields, plenty of villages, and abundant coconut grooves. Like most places in Kerala, a stay or a ride in a houseboat is an experience that you cannot miss upon.
Another unique experience to enjoy here is a visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. You can see a fantastic collection of bird species here, including the Siberian storks, the famous migratory birds. Other notable places to visit here are its backwaters, beaches, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum and plenty of islands like the Valiyapally, Thirunakkara Mahadeva, Cheriyapally, and Pathiramal. The Ayurvedic massage offered here is out of this world. It’s a destination that will keep beckoning you once you visit here.
Kozhikode-Spicy Haven on the Malabar Coast
This metropolis city of Kozhikode or Calicut is also known by several names like the ‘City of Spices,’ ‘City of Truth,’ and the ‘City of Sculptures.’ This kaleidoscopic city showcases history and nature at its best.
Located on the Malabar Coast, the city has plenty of attractions be it temples, churches, historical monuments, or sanctuaries, waterfalls, and many more. A stay here gives you a unique experience of an eclectic blend of Arabic and Chinese traditions. You cannot miss this amalgamation as it can be even experienced in its food.
The city is also famous for its folk songs or ballads which are also called Vadakkam Pattukal. A popular tourist hub here is the sweet-meat street which is the place to go for shopping for many popular locally produced products.
Be its nature or modern lifestyle, you find everything here to suit every kind of tourists.
We may have talked about just a few tourist destinations, but Kerala abounds in tourist destinations. Some other tourist destinations worth mentioning are Kovalam, Kollam, Vagamom, Thekkady, Asthamudi, Guruvayur, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kasargod Backwaters, and so on. The list is almost endless. Kerala is a holiday destination that can easily consume several of your vacation trips and still leave you feeling that there is much left to be explored of Kerala. It is truly a magical destination that all must visit!