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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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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 Check Out:  Exciting Things to Do in Wayanad Also Checkout:  Cochin Tour Packages

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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 Must Read: Things to Do in Cochin for a fun vacay! Must Checkout:  Kochi Trip

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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 Also Check:  Resorts in Munnar for a comfortable stay! Must Book & Checkout:  Wayanad Tour Package From Calicut

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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 Must Read:   Enticing Things to Do in Kumarakom

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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 Must Check:  Alluring Things to Do in Kovalam Also Book:  Wayanad Tour Package From Bangalore

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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 Planning a Kerala trip, Checkout: Kerala Trip Packages You May Also Like To Book:  Wayanad Trip From Chennai

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 Must Book:   Wayanad Packages For Family Also Checkout:  Packages Tours From Bangalore To Alleppey

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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. Planning a honeymoon trip, Checkout:   Kerala Honeymoon Packages Must Checkout:  Alleppey Tour Packages From Chennai

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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 Popular Read:  Amusing Places to Visit in Thekkady Also Book:  Alleppey Houseboat

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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 Click here to book:   Kerala Tour Package From Ahmedabad Book Now:  Munnar Tour Packages From Mumbai

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 Check Out:  Luxurious Resorts in Idukki Must Book:  Munnar Packages From Coimbatore

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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 You Can Also Checkout:  Munnar Trip Packages From Hyderabad                                            Munnar Holiday Packages From Chennai

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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 Suggested Read:  Best Places in Thrissur   Must Checkout:  Munnar Package From Kochi

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 Popular Read:  Things to Do in Varkala for a fun filled vacation Must Book & Checkout:  Bangalore To Munnar Travel Package

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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 Must Read:  Best Resorts in Kasargod

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Best Places to Visit in Munnar

Tata tea museum.

TATA Tea Museum

Blossom Park Dark Forest

Blossom Park Dark Forest

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

Eravikulam National Park

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

Lockhart Gap View Point

Lockhart Gap View Point

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 Recommended Read:  Beautiful Waterfalls in Munnar

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 Planning a trip to Kerala? Checkout our best selling  Kerala Tour Packages From Kolkata

Valara Waterfalls

Valara Waterfalls

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

Top Station

Top Station

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. Also Read:  Amazing Places to Visit in Munnar in One Day

Attukad Waterfalls

Attukad Waterfalls

Best Places to Visit in Kochi

Fort Kochi

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:  None. Planning a trip to Kerala? Checkout our best selling  Kerala Family Packages

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Amusement Park

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 Also Read:  Places to Visit in Kochi at Night

Hill Palace of Tripunithara

Hill Palace of Tripunithara

Marine Drive

Marine Drive

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. Must Check:  Kerala Honeymoon Packages From Hyderabad

Best Places to Visit in Alleppey

Alleppey beach.

Alleppey Beach

Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace

Chavara Bhawan

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

Marari Beach

Marari Beach

Triveni Floating Market

Triveni Floating Market

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

Alleppey Lighthouse

Alleppey Lighthouse

Mullakkal Market

Mullakkal Market

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

Best Places to Visit in Kumarakom

Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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  Must Read:  Best Kumarakom Houseboats  

Kumarakom Beach

Kumarakom Beach

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.

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake

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. Also Check Out:  Mesmerising Kumarakom Resorts  

Best Places to Visit in Kovalam

Lighthouse beach.

Lighthouse Beach

Karamana River

Karamana River

Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake

Valiyathura Pier

Valiyathura Pier

Hawah Beach

Hawah Beach

Best Places to Visit in Thrissur

Chimmony wildlife sanctuary.

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

Thrissur Zoo

Thrissur Zoo

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

Athirappilly Waterfalls

Athirappilly Waterfalls

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

Vadakkunnathan Temple

Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple

Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple

Sakthan Thampuran Palace

Sakthan Thampuran Palace

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

Snehatheeram Beach

Snehatheeram Beach

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Chembra peak.

Chembra Peak

Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island

Pakshipathalam Caves

Pakshipathalam Caves

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

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 the splitting of rocks. Several tons of this cleft or the rift serves as a cave. The carvings here are known for representing human and animal figures, providing an indelible insight into the presence of prehistoric settlements. 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

Wayanad Heritage Museum

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

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam

Thrissilery Shiva Temple

Thrissilery Shiva Temple

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

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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 Holiday Special:  Wayanad Tours with best offers & discounts

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Varkala beach.

Varkala Beach

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 Varkala Beach. Location:  Varkala 695141 Timings: All day. Entry fee: None.

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Bekal Fort, Kasargod

Bekal Fort, Kasargod

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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Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park

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 You may also like: A detailed travel guide for Periyar National Park

Ponmudi

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.

Munroe Island

Munroe Island

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. Popular Read:  Fun Places to Visit in Kerala in November

Peermede

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.

Thenmala

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. Also Read: Best Backwater Resorts in Kerala 

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Experience the wonders of Periyar National Park! Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, India, this biodiverse sanctuary offers a captivating blend of wildlife and pristine landscapes. Embark on thrilling jungle safaris and encounter majestic elephants, tigers, leopards, and diverse avian species roaming freely in their natural habitat. Discover lush forests, shimmering streams, and cascading waterfalls as you trek through its verdant trails.Boating on the tranquil Periyar Lake provides a unique opportunity to spot wildlife congregating at the water's edge. As a responsible eco-tourism destination, the park promotes conservation efforts and sustainable tourism.Whether you're an adventure seeker, wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking a serene retreat amidst nature's bounty, Periyar National Park promises an unforgettable and enriching experience in the lap of pristine wilderness.

Elephant Junction

Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Thekkady in Kerala, India, Elephant Junction stands as a beacon of unique and responsible tourism. The place offers an enchanting escape into the world of elephants, where visitors can forge deep connections with these gentle giants while fostering conservation efforts.At Elephant Junction, the focus is not merely on entertainment but on education and ethical interaction. One of the highlights is the opportunity to embark on elephant rides through verdant forests and winding pathways. As you sway gently atop these magnificent creatures, you'll gain a new perspective on the surrounding natural beauty, creating lasting memories.Bathing sessions are another remarkable aspect of the experience. Engaging in the playful act of washing these elephants brings out their affable nature. As you assist in their care routine, you'll develop a profound understanding of their behaviors and mannerisms, establishing a sense of empathy for these remarkable beings.Guided tours at Elephant Junction provide a comprehensive insight into the lives of these animals. Knowledgeable guides share information about their habitats, diets, social structures, and the challenges they face in the wild. This not only enriches the visitor's experience but also raises awareness about the importance of elephant conservation.What sets Elephant Junction apart is its commitment to responsible tourism. The facility adheres to ethical standards that prioritize the well-being of the elephants. They ensure that the animals' living conditions are as close to their natural habitat as possible, guaranteeing a comfortable and stress-free environment.Moreover, Elephant Junction actively contributes to the conservation of elephants in the region. By promoting awareness and understanding among visitors, they play a vital role in safeguarding these magnificent creatures from various threats they face in the wild.In conclusion, Elephant Junction in Thekkady is more than a tourist attraction; it's an immersive journey into the world of elephants that leaves a lasting impact. Through activities like elephant rides, bathing sessions, and educational tours, visitors not only create cherished memories but also contribute to the preservation of these iconic animals. It's a harmonious blend of adventure, education, and responsible tourism that continues to captivate hearts and minds, fostering a sense of admiration and empathy for these majestic beings.

Kadathanadan Kalari Center

One of the most interesting Thekkady tourist places is Kadathanadan Kalari Center – a place famous for enjoying Kalaripayattu martial arts, the traditional self-defence practices of Kerala.The place emanates an air of culture and historical heritage of Kerala. It is designed to ensure the safety of guests – as well as enjoying the performance of the martial arts. You can also learn martial arts at different levels here – basic, intermediate and advanced.

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📍Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala In 2024 (With Map)

Kerala, which is known as God’s Own Country , is a popular tourist destination in India that attracts visitors from all across the world. Kerala is famous for its backwaters, beaches, hill stations, culture, heritage, dance forms, and spicy cuisine. Encompassing diverse landscapes, there are several places to visit in Kerala including beaches like Kovalam, hill stations like Munnar, forts like Bekal, backwaters like Alleppey and Kumarakom, and wildlife sanctuaries like Thekkady and Wayanad. From evergreen forests, mighty waterfalls, rolling tea pastures, dense mangroves, and colorful houseboats, to petite treehouses, Kerala is packed with the most unique experiences for all!

Situated in the south, the Spice Capital of India has the Arabian Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east and is crossed by 44 rivers. The state offers an extensive array of experiences across its many tourist places, allowing travelers to immerse in its boundless natural beauty and explore its rich traditions, heritage, and culture. In 2023, the prestigious New York Times magazine added Kerala to its list of 52 Places To Go In 2023 .

That’s not all! Kerala is the only Indian destination to have made it to National Geographic’s list of 50 Places of a Lifetime – World’s Greatest Destinations

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With a population exceeding 34 million, Kerala stands as a unique blend of tradition and modernity in India as is evident in its topography and lifestyle. The state boasts a literacy rate exceeding 90%, one of the highest in India, fostering a society with a strong emphasis on education and awareness. This intellectual backdrop lays the foundation for exploring the 15 best places to visit in Kerala that we have listed for you right here. Each of these famous tourist places in Kerala unveils a distinct facet of the region’s allure, providing an opportunity to delve into the state’s cultural richness and varied landscapes.

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Whether you are planning a solo trip, a romantic honeymoon, or a family vacation, you will find Kerala’s charm irresistible. Go on and explore this list of best places to visit in Kerala with pictures and add new pages to your travel diary.

List Of Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala

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Munnar is among the most famous places to visit in Kerala . Surrounded by lush green hills, it’s a magical paradise tucked away in the hills of the Western Ghats at a towering altitude of 1,532 meters above sea level. The air is crisp and fragrant, carrying the aroma of freshly brewed tea leaves. It’s like a beautiful painting come to life!

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The air feels fresh and smells delicious with the scent of tea lingering in the air year-round! There are several intriguing landscapes and Munnar tourist attractions to explore like its tea estates, Mattupetty Dam, and Eravikulam National Park, among others. Often, there’s a mist that wraps around the hills, making everything look like a fairy tale! Waterfalls cascade down the slopes, their gentle murmurs harmonizing with the symphony of nature. Munnar casts a magical spell on people with its enchanting topography, making them feel happy and refreshed.

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How to reach Munnar

Munnar, located in the Western Ghats, can be reached by road from nearby cities like Kochi, Madurai, and Coimbatore. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, approximately 110 km away. The nearest railway station is in Aluva 108 km away and Ernakulam Junction is 125 km away.

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Where to stay in Munnar

Tea Estate Bungalows, homestays, cottages by the riverside, treehouses, farm stays, and eco-lodges in tribal villages near Munnar town, as well as places like Devikulam, Pallivasal, Chithirapuram, and Bison Valley Road, are the best places to stay in Munnar.

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Munnar travel information

2. alleppey.

Alleppey, also called the “Venice of the East,” is among the top places to visit in Kerala. It is mostly popular for its gorgeous houseboats and amber-hued backwaters which make Alleppey one of the most unique places to go in Kerala. Everywhere you look, there’s calmness, water, and greenery of the paddy fields and coconut mangroves!

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When you’re here, you can simply hop on a special traditional Kerala houseboat, called a “ kettuvallam ,” which is among the most famous symbols of Kerala Tourism, and take a tour of its backwaters and canals. Alleppey’s houseboats are like a house on water, but with all the facilities of a hotel! You can ride this boat through the emerald-green backwaters surrounded by lush paddy fields and swaying coconut palms while watching quaint villages glide past you. It is among the most important experiences for sightseeing in Kerala.

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As you sail, the sound of singing birds and small ripples in the water will make you feel peaceful and let you forget all your worries. You can choose from a variety of budget and luxury boats in Alleppey ranging from houseboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and more. Alleppey offers a one-of-a-kind experience, which is why it’s among the most popular tourist places in Kerala for a one day trip.

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How to reach Alleppey

Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is well connected by road and can easily be reached from cities like Kochi and Trivandrum. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport 78 km away.

Where to stay in Alleppey

Houseboats or homestays near Alappuzha Beach, Punnamada Lake, Alleppey Backwaters, and Marari Beach are the best options for a stay in Alleppey.

Alleppey travel information

Wayanad, which means the ‘land of paddy fields,’ is a place with lots of rice fields, nut trees, coffee farms, and bamboo forests. It’s located between 700 to 2,100 meters above sea level and is quite close to Karnataka. When you drive on the curvy roads leading to this tourist place in Kerala, you’ll be welcomed by thick forests bathed in sunlight.

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When in Wayanad, lose yourself in the heart of nature! Trek to high waterfalls cascading down green hills, luring you to jump in for a swim! Explore old caves that tell stories from the past and see exotic animals living in this paradisiacal wilderness. Hike through spice plantations, inhaling the fragrant aroma of cardamom and cloves, and savor the flavors of authentic Malabar cuisine.

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Don’t miss the tourist spots in Wayanad like Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake, and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary that top every list of the most popular picnic spots in Kerala.

How to reach Wayanad

Wayanad can be reached by road from nearby cities like Kozhikode and Mysore. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, approximately 90 km away. The nearest railway station is Kozhikode Railway Station 110 km away.

Where to stay in Wayanad

Eco-resorts or homestays in Kalpetta, Vythiri, Sulthan Bathery, and Mananthavady are the best places to stay in Wayanad, Kerala.

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Wayanad travel information

Kochi is like a mix of the old and the new, a place where history and modernism blend together in a really cool way! Often called the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it’s so interesting that it was ranked as the seventh best city on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 cities to visit in the world . It has one of the oldest European churches in India, called Saint Francis Church, famed for sheltering the final remains of Vasco Da Gama. The city has also won a special award from the UN for having an airport that works with solar energy. No wonder it’s among the most fascinating tourist places in Kerala!

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Steeped in history and infused with a cosmopolitan vibe, Kochi is a city that effortlessly bridges the gap between the past and the present. A stroll through the quaint streets of Fort Kochi reveals colonial-era buildings standing as a strong pillar to the city’s rich heritage. Even in Fort Kochi, you can encounter the timeless beauty of the Chinese fishing nets as they gracefully adorn the waterfront.

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With one of the busiest airports in Kerala, Kochi is among the most important places to visit in Kerala owing to its access and central location. You must explore the hustle and bustle of spice markets, inhaling the heady aromas of cloves, pepper, and cinnamon when you visit Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Also, get a sneak peek at its vibrant arts scene by attending traditional Kathakali performances or browsing contemporary art galleries.

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How to reach Kochi

Kochi is a major metropolitan in Kerala with its own airport – Cochin International Airport, and railway station – Ernakulam Junction Railway Station.

Where to stay in Kochi

Heritage guesthouses or boutique hotels in areas like Princess Street, Fort Kochi Beach, Mattancherry, and Vasco da Gama Square are the ideal places for a stay in Kochi.

Kochi travel information

5. kumarakom.

If you merely wish to relax on your Kerala trip amidst beautiful surroundings, head to Kumarakom. Nestled near the enchanting Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom offers a serene backwater experience amidst untouched natural beauty, making it a popular choice among the most offbeat places in Kerala.

Its tranquil ambiance and breathtaking landscapes have a compelling allure that beckons visitors to return time and again. A quintessential Kumarakom experience involves leisurely houseboat cruises, where travelers can bask in the golden hues of the sunset against a backdrop of swaying coconut trees and immerse their feet in the soothing waters of the lake.

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Kumarakom is also renowned for its exceptional bird-watching opportunities, primarily centered around the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. It holds the distinction as one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala, attracting migratory birds from diverse corners of the world and offering them temporary sanctuary before their journey home.

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How to reach Kumarakom

Kumarakom is easily accessible by road and is 78 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest railway station is the Kottayam Railway Station 16 km away.

Where to stay in Kumarakom

Kumarakom has plenty of backwater-facing luxury resorts, heritage homestays, luxury and ultra-luxury hotels, and villas where you can stay comfortably.

Kumarakom travel information

Imagine a place where golden sand meets blue water, palm trees dance to the sea breeze, and the sun paints the sky in a kaleidoscope of colors…that’s Kovalam! You can wiggle your toes in the soft sand, feel the waves on your feet, and enjoy the warm sun on this quiet beach that was once a popular destination for hippies in the 70s. The town has three beautiful beaches: Lighthouse, Samudra, and Hawah Beach all with a distinct allure!

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As the day dawns on the beaches of Kovalam, you can witness the mesmerizing spectacle of fishermen hauling in their catch and colorful boats dotting the coastline, clearly one of the most memorable scenes for Kerala sightseeing! Don’t forget to get rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and treatments, and relish delectable seafood delicacies while you’re here.

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How to reach Kovalam

It is accessible by road and is located just 16 km from the capital city of Trivandrum. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport and the nearest railhead is the Trivandrum Central Railway Station located 12 km away.

Where to stay in Kovalam

There are several beachfront resorts, hotels, and homestays near Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, and Samudra Beach.

Kovalam travel information

Located on the Idukki-Kottayam border, Vagamon is an idyllic hill station dotted with meadows and pine forests. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Kerala, Vagamon is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. With its lush green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and mist-covered valleys, Vagamon offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cool and refreshing climate adds to the charm of this picturesque destination, making it one of the must-visit Kerala tourist places.

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Take leisurely walks through the tea plantations in Vagamon, embark on thrilling treks to the nearby hills, or bask in the serenity of the surroundings to fully explore the beauty of Vagamon. It invites you to submerge yourself in its natural beauty and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How to reach Vagamon

Vagamon is well-connected to major cities and towns in Kerala. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport located 170 km away. The nearest railway station is Kottayam Railway Station 44 km away.

Where to stay in Vagamon

Areas like Kurisumala, Thangalpara, Barren Hills, Pine Valley, and Moon Hill are the best places to stay in Vagamon.

Vagamon travel information

8. thekkady.

Thekkady is a refreshing tourist destination in Kerala where you can do everything from viewing Asian elephants in their natural habitat to witnessing Kathakali and Kalaripayattu performances in art centers. Thekkady is one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala and is home to diverse wildlife like Asian elephants, bison, deer, Nilgiri langurs, and Bengal tigers. Get a pair of binoculars and take a boat ride on the pristine Periyar Lake, where herds of elephants come to quench their thirst. You’ll be able to spot several animals, birds, and reptiles roaming freely, and if luck favors you, even the majestic Bengal tiger!

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If you want to visit tourist places in Kerala for three days, don’t forget to keep Thekkady on your agenda. Laid in the lap of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is a verdant sanctuary that tempts wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Home to the renowned Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this jungle retreat offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the untamed beauty of the animal kingdom. As you venture into the dense forests, you’ll be greeted by a chorus of sounds: the rustle of leaves, the melodious tunes of birds, and the occasional trumpeting of elephants!

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Thekkady is a sanctuary not just for wildlife but also for the weary soul, offering an escape from the chaos of city life. The lush greenery of the forest and the calm waters can have a soothing effect on you. Check out the boating timings and cost before you go.

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How to reach Thekkady

The city and wildlife sanctuary is well connected to major cities in Kerala like Kochi, Kottayam, and Kumily. The nearest airport is Madurai International Airport in Tamil Nadu, around 136 km away, while Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest train station 114 km away.

Where to stay in Thekkady

Many budget and luxury resorts and hotels are located near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumily, Murikkady, and Vandiperiyar.

Thekkady travel information

9. athirapally waterfalls.

Athirapally Waterfalls is situated in the Thrissur district of Kerala, approximately 70 km from the city of Kochi. It lies near the border of the Sholayar Forest Range and is part of the Chalakudy River, which originates in the Anamudi Mountains. The waterfall boasts a height of about 80 feet (24 meters) and a width spanning approximately 330 feet (100 meters), making it one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in India!

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The captivating beauty of Athirapally Waterfalls has also caught the attention of the film industry. Being one of the most beautiful places in Kerala, Athirappilly Waterfalls has served as a filming location for various Indian films, like Ponnapuram Kotta (1973), Dil Se (1998), and Baahubali (2015), contributing to its fame and popularity.

The falls are enveloped by lush, verdant forests that are part of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cascading waters, amidst the vibrant foliage, create a truly enchanting and picturesque scene.

How to reach Athirapally Waterfalls

The falls are easily accessible by road from nearby cities and towns like Kochi. it has well-maintained pathways and viewpoints that allow visitors to enjoy different perspectives of the waterfall. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport 40 km away. Chalakudy has the nearest railway station to Athirapally about 28 km away.

Where to stay near Athirapally Waterfalls

There are many luxury resorts and homestays located near the waterfall, some facing the rivers and the fall itself. Rainland Resort Athirapally, Athirapally Greenland Resort, and Bethania Resorts Athirapally are some of the best ones.

Athirapally Waterfalls travel information

10. varkala.

Perched atop dramatic cliffs that overlook the azure waters of the Arabian Sea, Varkala is a coastal gem that mesmerizes visitors with its raw beauty and spiritual aura. As you stand atop the cliffs, stunning panoramic vistas open up before your eyes: endless stretches of golden sand, crashing waves, and the humming of seagulls soaring overhead.

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Descend the cliffside steps to reach the pristine beaches, where you can relax in the sun, swim in the refreshing waters, and partake in beachside yoga or Ayurvedic treatments. Visit the ancient Janardhana Swamy Temple, where the chants of devotees create an ethereal ambiance. Varkala is a sanctuary where the weary mind finds respite and the restless heart finds peace.

How to reach Varkala

Varkala is connected by road and is approximately 51 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport located 40 km away. The nearest railway station is its own Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station and the Trivandrum Railway Station is about 44 km away.

Where to stay in Varkala

You can stay at the hotels and resorts near Varkala Beach Cliff, Papanasam Beach, Odayam Beach, and the North Cliff area.

Varkala travel information

11. palakkad.

The ‘Gateway to Kerala’ and the home of the Silent Valley National Park , Palakkad is nothing short of heaven for nature fanatics and lovers of wildlife. Tucked at the foothills of the enchanting Western Ghats, the entire terrain of the tiny hamlet is brimming with lush evergreen vegetation and has a distinctly pleasant tropical climate, which has also given it the nickname of the ‘Granary of Kerala’!

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In addition to its abundant and untouched nature’s bounty, Palakkad is a hub of deep-rooted traditions, authentic Malayalam culture, unique art, and soulful music. This resplendent scenic region thrives on the indigenous Malabar style of living, making it the jewel of Kerala Tourism!

How to reach Palakkad

Palakkad is connected by road and approximately 55 km from Coimbatore. The nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport and the nearest railway station is the Palakkad Junction Railway Station 5 km away from the village.

Where to stay in Palakkad

Kalpathy, Kollengode, Nemmara, Vadakkencherry, Chandranagar, and Pattambi are said to be the best areas to stay in Palakkad.

Palakkad travel information

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Offering a unique mixture of history, architecture, and beach fun, Bekal is among the most fascinating places to visit in Kerala! Situated in Kerala’s Kasaragod district, Bekal is a beautiful seaside village facing the mighty Arabian Sea and surrounded by lush landscapes. It’s famed for the majestic Bekal Fort that sits right on the shore of this otherwise tiny hamlet, giving a rustic and unique touch to your beach snaps!

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It’s the perfect place for a peaceful getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life, where you’re surrounded by the golden sands of Kerala’s coast, untouched nature, and ancient architecture! Bekal is blessed with a year-round pleasant climate and lush greenery, so you don’t need to worry about which time you should visit!

How to reach Bekal

Palakkad is connected by road and is easy to reach from Mangalore. The nearest airport is Mangalore Domestic Airport 67 km away, and the nearest railway station is Kasargod Railway Junction followed by Kanhangad, both 12 km away from Bekal.

Where to stay in Bekal

Bekal is a very small place with a few major resorts and hotels like The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Hotel Bekal Palace, Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, and the ShriGo Bekal Fort Resort & Spa where you can stay.

Bekal travel information

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13. Thrissur

Explore the rich traditions, colors, music, and art of Kerala at its Cultural Capital – Thrissur ! Also known as Trichur, this city is famed for its numerous sacred temples and religious sanctums, owing to which it serves as an important pilgrimage destination for tourists pouring in from all corners of India!

Thrissur Pooram Festival

It is also the venue of Kerala’s most famous temple festival, the Thrissur Pooram, which transforms the whole town into a riot of colors, traditional music, festivities, and laughter every year in April and May! If you plan to visit in the summer season, make sure you add Thrissur to your list of places to visit in Kerala!

How to reach Thrissur

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport 50 km away from where it’s easy to reach Thrissur by road. The city has its own railway station – the Thrissur Railway Station.

Where to stay in Thrissur

Veliyannur, Koorkenchery, Chembukkav, Minalur, Cheruthuruthi, Wadakkanchery, and Amalanagar are some of the best places to stay in Thrissur.

Thrissur travel information

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14. Munroe Island

Munroe Island is a cluster of 8 little islands that look like they’ve climbed straight out of a fairytale! Lying 27 km away from Kollam in the Arabian Sea, these islands (or islets) are connected by a network of canals and surrounded by sparkling turquoise water all around!

Munroe Island

Munroe, or Mundrothuruthu, boasts of resplendent coconut groves and utter serenity which are best explored via backwater cruises through its canals, all of which start at its confluence point of Ashtamudi Lake. It does not receive a large influx of tourists, which makes this rather secluded and offbeat backwater destination a great alternative for Alleppey!

How to reach Munroe Island

The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport 97 km away. The nearest railway station is the Kollam Railway Station 25 km away. You can reach Munroe from Kollam by taxi or bus.

Where to stay in Munroe Island

You can either stay in the resorts and homestays in Munroe Islands or at the hotels in its nearest city – Kollam. All Seasons Munroe, Munroe Heritage Inn Homestay, Prakruthi Residency, Munroe Drive Inn Island, Munroe Nest Homestay, Royal Mundro Palace Homestay, and Mundro Garden Homestay are some of the best places to stay in Munroe Island.

Munroe Island travel information

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Poovar Beach, or Poovar Estuary, is where you get to witness the distinct confluence of a river and a lake with the sea, a rare spectacle that makes it one of the most peculiar tourist places in Kerala! Whether you’re cruising on the quaint backwaters of Poovar, sipping a cup of tea in its riverside cottages and resorts, or sunbathing on its golden beach, you’ll be able to experience this rather exciting phenomenon that is truly something to write home about!

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That’s not all Poovar is famous for! The Poovar Estuary is also known for its verdant greenery, providing shelter to various exotic species of flora and fauna. There’s a lot to do for families, couples, and youngsters at Poovar Island. One can go backwater cruising in long canoes and kayaks, explore the fauna with guided nature walks, have a picnic on the beaches, go fishing, or simply explore Poovar’s traditional village life.

How to reach Poovar

Munnar can be reached by road from nearby cities like Trivandrum, Kovalam, and Kulathupuzha. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport 38 km away, and the nearest railway station is Trivandrum Railway Station 27 km away.

Where to stay in Poovar

Poovar Island Resort, Estuary Sarovar Portico, Isola Di Cocco, Leela Backwaters Resort, Prathiba Heritage Hotel, Hotel Sea View Palace, and Paraikal Beach Resort are some of the best places to stay in Poovar.

Poovar travel information

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How To Plan A Trip To The Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala

Thinking of planning a trip to the above-mentioned places to see in Kerala? Up until the 1980s, the area was not a popular tourist destination. It was mainly the north of India that had the concentration of visitors from overseas. However, with a campaign fronted by the Kerala Tourist Development Corporation, all that changed over the last couple of decades. Kerala became a place that the more discerning travelers wanted to visit, and with that, numbers steadily grew.

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Planning a holiday to cover the best places to visit in Kerala requires careful consideration and a well-thought-out itinerary. Here’s a step-by-step process to help you plan your perfect Kerala getaway:

1. Pick your favorite places to visit in Kerala

Note down your choice of the best tourist spots and cities in Kerala that you wish to visit after thoroughly going through the information we have provided above. It’s important to set your priorities and select places you can cover for the duration of your trip with ease and without unnecessary hassle.

2. Research the destinations

Research the top places to visit in Kerala, considering factors like your interests, preferred activities, duration of the trip, budget, accommodation preferences (economical or luxury), and mode of transport (air, railway, road).

3. Decide the trip duration & travel dates

Decide how long you’ll be able to stay in Kerala. Consider factors like the travel time to and fro different places in Kerala, sightseeing options, and leisure days required. Choose your travel dates considering weather conditions, local festivals, and your availability.

4. Budgeting

Create a budget that will easily cover your transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, and any miscellaneous expenses you might incur during your trip. Ensure you allocate enough funds for shopping, collecting souvenirs, and unexpected costs.

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5. Create an itinerary

Map out a rough itinerary allocating specific days to each destination and sightseeing places in Kerala. Consider the travel time between places and prioritize what interests you the most. Ensure a balance between sightseeing, relaxation, and exploration.

6. Choose hotels & transportation

Compare and book accommodations well in advance. Stay options in Kerala range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses and boutique hotels. Pick your stay based on its proximity to tourist attractions and the experiences you wish to indulge in, such as houseboat cruises in Alleppey, tea plantation visits in Munnar, and cultural exploration in Kochi.

Pick the right mode of transportation considering distance from your city, budget, and convenience – whether you’ll be flying to Kerala, taking a train, or embarking on a road trip. Find out about bus timings and availability of taxis in the places you wish to visit.

7. Pack essentials & stay connected

Ensure you have a working phone with local SIM or international roaming for communication and navigation. Don’t forget to pack necessary items like light cotton and linen clothes, an umbrella, insect repellent, water-resistant shoes, rubber slippers for beaches, hats and sunglasses, and sunscreen. Do not overpack. Leave room for shopping items.

Remember that while planning is essential, sometimes the most memorable experiences come from spontaneity, especially when you’re traveling to this veritable treasure trove of enriching and diverse experiences called Kerala!

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Now that you are acquainted with the tourist places in Kerala, it’s time to plan your vacation to Kerala and immerse in the enchanting tapestry that is God’s Own Country! Renowned for its lush landscapes, pristine backwaters, captivating beaches, and vibrant cities, there is an impressive array of attractions and places to visit in Kerala that you must explore at least once in your lifetime! If you have any queries about the same, feel free to post them in the comments section below so that we can assist you. We, at Iris, are dedicated to ensuring you have an incredible experience exploring the best that Kerala has to offer!

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Is Kerala a better place for a family trip? 🌴20 Best Tourist Places In Kerala, India: Unveiling the Charms of God’s Own Country

Is Kerala a better place for a family trip? Yes! Kerala’s family-friendly destinations like Kovalam and Varkala offer beautiful beaches and relaxed atmospheres, making it an ideal destination for families.

Kerala, often referred to as “God’s Own Country,” is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural richness.

Nestled on the southwestern coast of India, Kerala is renowned for its diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Choosing the right tourist places is paramount to ensuring an unforgettable experience.

With so much to explore, selecting the best tourist destinations becomes crucial. Let’s dive into the natural wonders that make Kerala a standout destination.

This article serves as your guide to the best tourist places in Kerala , taking you on a virtual tour through the enchanting landscapes, diverse experiences, and hidden gems that make Kerala a must-visit destination .

List Of Tourist Places In Kerala 

Below is the list of best places to visit in Kerala give everything that any traveler expects from any destination.

1. Alleppey – The Backwater Hot Spot

Alleppey – The Backwater Hot Spot

Alleppey tops this rundown with photos of the best tourist places in Kerala. Moreover, the backwater trips, houseboat stays, and peaceful beauty are attracting a fair number of people to its region.

Also, it is the most celebrated spot to encounter the backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey’s replica of Lord Curzon as East Venice isn’t an overstatement.

A houseboat that stays in Alleppey is the thing that individuals search for when they visit there.

There are spans of paddy fields, pleasant houses of prayer, interesting angling towns as well as lakes. It is pressed with water lilies that make Alleppey also one of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples.

The love of Keralites with coconut as well as banana leaves in their eating routine. Relatively, the cleaner streets will lead you on an old-world walk.

  • Places To Stay:  Ramada By Wyndham  Alleppey , Tharavadu Heritage, Bamboo Lagoon, Treebo Tryst Palmyra Grand Suite.
  • Shopping: Buy Souvenirs For Your Loved One.
  • Nightwalk: Gear Up For A Crazy Campfire.
  • Temples: Indulge In Spiritualism.
  • Beaches :  Watch The Sun Go Down.
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Night/2 Days.
  • Celebrated Vacation Destinations:  Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is yet a swarming puller.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to mid-May.
  • The closest Air Terminal: is Kochi Airport, 53 km away from the town.
  • Closest Train Station:  Alleppey Railway Station; it is simply inside as far as possible.

2. Munnar – Perfect For A Dreamy Honeymoon

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An extremely well-known one among hill stations in Kerala. Munnar is also one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 2 day trip schedule. Once the late spring capital for the British, Munnar sightseeing attracts travelers from all over the world.

Moreover, With about 80,000 miles of tea manor, an equivalent measure of aromatic vegetation, misty valleys, and low-flying mists.

Munnar is a slope station that has also become one of the best and most unique places to visit in Kerala at night.

Adorable cabins, comfortable homestays, lavish hotels as well and resorts in Munnar make it the most sentimental place. 

Also, it’s among the top spots to visit in Kerala. The old-world pilgrim feel has its charms and it unquestionably makes for a decent selfie drive.

Revel in the phenomenal mix of extravagance and excellence, at the most stunning vacation resorts in Munnar.

  • Places To Stay:  Chandy’s Windy Woods, Pallivasal, The Panoramic Getaway, Forest Glade, Devonshire Greens.
  • Kolukkumalai: Tea Estate Tours.
  • Echo Point: Camping And Trekking.
  • Eravikulam National Park: Spot Rare Species.
  • Perfect Duration:  2 Nights/3 Days.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to March.
  • Nearest Airport:  Kochi Airport, at a simple separation of 143 km from the slope station.
  • Closest Train Station:  Aluva Railway Station, which is 110 km away from Munnar.

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3. Kumarakom – One Of The Most Peaceful Places

Kumarakom – One Of The Most Peaceful Places

Established in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is a calm little village with charming views. However, it’s a wonderful climate as well as attractive nature making it one of the loveliest tourist places in Kerala .

Moreover, you get a blend of everything here backwaters, authentic Kerala nourishment, uber outside air, the glow of Keralites.

You will also get delightfully new coconuts. Also, there is a great deal to do; browse drifting, cruising, Kumarakom houseboat stay, and also angling.

Kumarakom holds a unique spot in the rundown of the best places to visit in Kerala . The enticing conduits, decorated lakes, aromatic coconut grooves, fresh paddy fields, thick mangrove woods, and delightful authentic nourishment.

Also, the unpolluted newness of the air adds to the rundown. Likewise, Kumarakom’s houseboat stay offers significantly more isolation and protection when compared to Alleppey. Indeed, even the resorts in Kumarakom are extraordinarily peaceful and entrancing.

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Green Fields, Hotel The Club, Royal Riviera Hotel and Resort, Lakshmi Hotel.
  • Things To Do:  Houseboat Ride, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Maya Spa, Kathakali Performance.
  • Mainstream Vacation Spots:  Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi cascade, Juma Masjid as well as Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple. Also, Vembanad Lake, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum as well as Pathiramal Island.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to May.
  • Closest Air Terminal:   Kochi Airport is 85 km away from Kumarakom.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away.

4. Wayanad – The Land Of Paradisiacal Trails

Wayanad – The Land Of Paradisiacal Trails

Wayanad implies the place where there are paddy fields in Malayalam. However, Wayanad is one of the greenest tourist places in Kerala . Enhanced with genuine excellence, quiet air as well as rich culture.

Moreover, Wayanad in the travel industry is an ideal blend of nature and man-made legacy. Little, anonymous cascades, that line the city erratically, add to the spot’s appeal. Wayanad is also one of the most refreshing forest places to visit in Kerala .

  • Places To Stay:  Arayal, Banasura Hill, Wayanad Wild – CGH Earth, Mount Xanadu.
  • Kuruva Island: Enjoy Bamboo Rafting.
  • Pookode Lake: Enjoy Boating.
  • Camping: When The Hills Summon You.
  • Cycling: Go Around Town.
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Night/2 Days. 
  • Places To Visit:  Besides the top 10 vacation places in Wayanad, there are Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill as well and Thusharagiri Waterfalls. Also, Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple.  Lakkidi View Point, Kabini, Papanashini River as well as Padinjarathara Dam.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to May. Experience fans should visit during the rainstorm-long stretches of July and August to appreciate the advantages of trekking.
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Karipur International Airport at Calicut is only 95 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kozhikode Railway Station, which is 72 km away from Wayanad.

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5. Thekkady – The Affection for Wildlife

Thekkady – The Affection for Wildlife

Thekkady is just paradise covered up in thick woods and wild vegetation. This is actually what makes it one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala .

Moreover, one gets the chance to see about wiped-out types of creatures including tigers, sambars, gaurs, and lions. Likewise, there are elephants, lions, deer, buffalo, hogs, and the Great Indian tigers.

Presumably, the most preferred places to visit in Kerala for the vacationer. Thekkady brags of inexhaustible magnificence as well as fascinating natural life.

However, its trekking path from Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is one of the most well-known paths in South India. Sailing and untamed life perception are two of the most loved hobbies in Thekkady.

  • Places To Stay  The Elephant Court, Paradisa Plantation Retreat, The Mountain Courtyard, Forest Canopy, and Poetree Sarovar Portico. 
  • Things to Do:  Thekkady Boating Tours, Bamboo Rafting and Hiking in Thekkady, Border Hiking, and Jungle Night Patrol. 
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Day.
  • Must Visit:  Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Periyar Lake, Elephant Junction, Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Deepa World Spice as well as Ramakkalmedu. And also Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil,  Mudra Cultural Center, Murikkady, and Vandanmedu.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  November to early May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Madurai Airport is only 136 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away.

6. Kovalam – Some Beach Enjoyment

Kovalam – Some Beach Enjoyment

Kovalam Seashore is one of the best seashores in Kerala. Also, it is well known for its New Year festivities, and profound solid back rubs. It is also popular for Ayurvedic medicines, sunbathing fests as well as water sports like parasailing.

Moreover, it has a bow-formed coastline that is continually humming with exercises. Individuals from various nations, societies as well and states meet up and add to the magnificence of the spot. Also, one of the most demanding tourist places in Kerala.

  • Places to Stay:  Hotel Jasmine Palace Kovalam, Hotel Samudra KTDC, Jumayira Residency, Kovalam Beach Hotel as well as Unwind Hotels. 
  • Take a touring visit: An outing to find the town.
  • Spend a night in the houseboat: Give experienced sports a shot. 
  • Must Visit:  Hawah Beach,  Lighthouse Beach, The Lighthouse, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple and also Samudra Beach, Also, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Akkulam Lake, Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor as well as Halcyon Castle. And also Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Aruvikkara, Rock Cut Caves, and Valiathura Pier.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Trivandrum International Airport is unimportant 15 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Trivandrum Railway Station is only 14 km away. [

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7. Vagamon – Mandatory Solitude

Vagamon – Mandatory Solitude

It is also famous for the Charming Slope station, embellished with supernatural knolls, mysterious nurseries, and lovely dales.

Also famous for, sweet-smelling tea estates, and cloudy valleys, Vagamon hills. All of these have without a doubt earned their place among the best tourist places in Kerala .

The outside air and perfectly manicured gardens of Vagamon are a much-needed refresher.

  • Places To Stay:  Honeycomb By Astral Inn, Chillax, Falcon Crest, Lavender, The Kissing Mountains. 
  • Murugan Mala: Trekking, Off-Roading.
  • Vagamon Lake: Boat Ride.
  • Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary-Visit. 
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Day. 
  • Must Visit:  Murugan Hill, Thangal Hill, Kurisumala, Barren Hills, The Pattumala Church as well as Vagamon Lake. Also, Vagamon Pine Forest, Vagamon Falls, Mundakayam Ghat, and Maramala Waterfalls.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  Early August to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Kochi International Airport is 94 km away from Vagamon.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km away.

8. Bekal – Nothing On Earth Less Than Paradise

Bekal – Nothing On Earth Less Than Paradise

Bekal is particularly known for its acclaimed Bekal Fort, which is appraised among the best places to visit in Kerala . However, numerous Indian motion pictures, like Rang De Basanti, are shot in the stronghold premises.

Moreover, the ocean breeze going through your hair. The wonderful climate, as well as the great organization, are key fixings to make some great memories in Bekal. Inferable from colorful excellence and also tranquillity, Bekal is among the best three special tourist places in Kerala at night.

  • Places To Stay:  Taj Bekal resort and spa, The Lalit Resort and Spa Bekal, Kanan Beach Resorts, Malabar Oceanfront Resort. 
  • Bekal Fort: Witness The Glory and Grandeur Of Bekal’s.
  • Bekal Beach: Explore the heavenly paradise delight.
  • Nityanand Ashram caves: experience tranquillity. 
  • Must Visit:  Ananthapura temple, Bekal Fort, Valiyaparamba Backwaters as well as Mallikarjuna Temple. Also, Bekal Beach, Chandragiri Fort, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park,  Kappil Beach, and also Pallikere Beach.
  • Best Time To Visit:  September to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Bajpe airport is closest at 72 km.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kasaragod railway station is only 12 km from Bekal.

9. Varkala – Kerala’s Most Beautiful Seashores

Varkala – Kerala’s Most Beautiful Seashores

Varkala is extraordinary compared to other coastline tourist places in Kerala . Moreover, the alluring coastline with mountains on one side and also lavish greenery.

Also, on the other side draws in a large number of voyagers as well as water-experience enthusiasts to the seashore. It is well known for exercises like vessel riding, surfing, parasailing, and horse riding are the life of the seashore.

The unequaled excellence of the seashore is at its prime during sunsets. The shades of brilliant beams make for a strange environment. Include a scramble of extravagance by looking over the most exotic seashore resorts in Kerala, around Varkala.

Moreover, Varkala is an important religious place in Hindu culture. Embellished with numerous Hindu sanctuaries. It invites numerous strict voyagers as well as legacy lovers to its creases with great enthusiasm.

  • Places To Stay:  Zostel Varkala, Quality Inn, Varkala Cliff Villa, The Lost Hostel, Short Giraffe Hostels.
  • Water Sports: Be Thrilled.
  • Varkala Culture Center: For An Enriching Experience.
  • Yoga: Rejuvenate Yourself.
  • Local Cuisine: Treat Your Tastebuds. 
  • Must Visit:  Janardhan temple, Varkala Beach, Sivagiri Muth, Papanasam Beach, Kappil Lake as well as Janardan Swami Temple. Also, Anjengo Fort, Vishnu Temple, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel as well as Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.
  • Best Time To Visit:  August to mid-May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Trivandrum International Airport is 53 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Varkala Sivagiri railway rotation is well inside as far as possible.

10. Kannur – The Ideal City On The Coastal

Kannur – The Ideal City On The Coastal

Kannur, in the past, known as Cannanore, is also among the picturesque places to visit in Kerala , famous for weaving ventures. Moreover, feel the appeal of this lovely provincial town, situated at the northeastern shore of Kerala. 

Its sun-kissed seashores are flanked by rich cashew estates, antiquated sanctuaries, and impressive landmarks British as well as Dutch-style structures.

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Blue Nile, Central Avenue, Broad Bean, Sea Breeze Beach Inn, Royal Omars. 
  • Things To Do:  Banana Boat Ride, Paithalmala Trekking, Bike Trip, Wave Runner, Boating.
  • Well-known Vacationer Attractions:  Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort, and Rajarajeshwara Temple. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  October to March to appreciate a cool atmosphere.
  • The closest Airport:  Calicut International Airport. 
  • The closest Train Station: is Kannur Main.

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11. Kasargod – Kerala’s Coastal Heaven

Kasargod – Kerala's Coastal Heaven

Found near Bekal, tucked between the Western Ghats on one side and sky-blue the Arabian Sea on the other. Kasargod is a hypnotizing stunner of ‘God’s own State.

It features moving slopes, extravagant coconut plantations, alleviating ocean breeze, and a host of legacy sanctuaries. However, it draws in harmony cherishes travelers, and is considered as one of the most photogenic tourist places in Kerala .

  • Famous Vacationer Attractions:  Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Thonikadavu and Ananthapura Lake Temple, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ranipuram. 
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  January to February and June to November. Maintain a strategic distance from summer for a very long time as they are warm and sticky.
  • The closest Airport:  Mangalore International Airport. 
  • Closest Train Station:  Kasargod has its railhead.

12. Kizhunna Beach – Fully Relax

Kizhunna Beach – Fully Relax

Recorded as one of the disconnected seashores in Kerala. Kizhunna Beach is excellent, less swarmed as well as immaculate. Enhanced by bright and dark mountains and also flanked by lavish green palm manors.

Kizhunna Beach is also the perfect spot to relax, loosen up and revive. However, people visit this grand seashore at the end of the week and also enjoy sunbathing, seashore walks, and swimming.

  • Well-known Traveller Attractions:  Ezhara is viewed as the twin seashore of Kizhunna, Arakkal Museum, Munambam. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  Round the year, aside from June to August.
  • The closest Train Station: is Kannur.

13. Idukki – The Real Pearl Of Kerala

Idukki – The Real Pearl Of Kerala

When unwinding and revival is your need, plan an excursion to Idukki. Settled amid verdant slopes and extravagant forests. However, Idukki attracts explorers, nature lovers as well and photography buffs with its shocking normal atmosphere and attractions.

Surrounded by fragrant tea and zest estates, Idukki is irrefutably also one of the famous tourist places in Kerala. Also, it is perfect for treks, nature strolls, and feathered creature viewing.

  • Places To Stay:  Best mist homestay, meadows pride homestay, Olivia homestay, John’s Villa homestay, Green Spot Homestay. 
  • Things To Do:  Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Misty Mountain Resort. 
  • Well-known Traveller Attractions:  Kolukkumalai tea estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Thattekkad bird sanctuary or Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Namakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch dam, Cheeyappara waterfalls, and Kalvari mount. 
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  November to January and  June to August.
  • The closest Airport:  Kochi. 
  • Closest Train Station:  Theni-60 km from Idukki.

14. Munroe Island – An Exciting Canal Cruise

Munroe Island – An Exciting Canal Cruise

Roosted at the combination of Ashtamudi Lake and river Kallada. It is 27 km from Kollam, Munroe Island is well known for its channel journey in Kerala. Named after Colonel Munroe. This place also shows a grand country scene in Kerala.

It has covered houses, coconut estates, restricted waterways, tidal ponds as well as mangrove backwoods. Also, considered probably the best place to visit in Kerala. Munroe Island is also well known for the Kallada Boat Race held in September consistently.

District Tourism Promotion Council controls the mail tour of Munroe Island. However, It’s scheduled twice a day, morning at 9:00 AM and evening at 2 PM. The charge per individual for the journey is INR 500.

  • Mainstream Traveller Attractions:  Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach as well as Thirumullavaram Beach. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  Throughout the year, aside from the storm.
  • The closest Airport:  Trivandrum International Airport. 
  • The closest Train Station:  Munroe Island Railway Station.

15. Thrissur – Sense Rich Cultural Heritage

Thrissur – Sense Rich Cultural Heritage

Thrissur celebrates its rich social event alongside beautiful, pleasant cascades as well as seashores. However, acclaimed for Thrissur Pooram and also Onam festivities.

This little interesting town of Kerala is also fittingly recognized as the ‘social capital of Kerala. Also, one of the best tourist places in Kerala .

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Niya Regency, Kochi Marriott Hotel, KPM Tripenta Hotel, Hotel Abis Grand, The Mayberry.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October till  March is the best time to visit Thrissur. One can likewise visit during April and May to encounter the magnificence of the Thrissur Pooram celebration.
  • The closest Airport:  Cochin International Airport.
  • Closest Train Station:  Thrissur railroad station; all around associated with Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi.

16. Cochin – Main Port City

Cochin – Main Port City

Cochin is a significant port city in God’s own State. Moreover, affectionately called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Also, it is one of the best tourist places in Kerala that have perpetually been on every traveller’s container list.

It’s an ideal mix of nearby flavours as well as present-day knowledge, to offer the best to its guests. The backwaters, seashores as well as customary zest markets are a short drive from Cochin.

  • Places to Stay:  Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Holiday Inn Cochin, The Mercy and Travancore Court By Spree.
  • Best Time To Visit:  July to April.
  • The closest Train Station:  Kochi Railway Junction.

17. Thiruvananthapuram – Economic Capital Of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram – Economic Capital Of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of God’s own nation and furthermore one of the popular Kerala travel industry places.

This biggest city in the state has numerous places of interest, fascinating seashores, and significantly more. It is also probably the best city to live in in India.

Also, it is additionally appropriately called the Economic Capital of Kerala. With such a significant number of spots to visit, it draws in vacationers from varying backgrounds. It also among the most famous tourist places in Kerala .

  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to February.
  • The closest Airport:  Trivandrum International Airport.
  • Closest Train Station:  Trivandrum Central Railway Station

18. Kollam-Natural Marvels Treasure Chest

Kollam-Natural Marvels Treasure Chest

Often named as one of the best places to visit in Kerala.   However, Kollam has shown to be an ideal place for those wanting to enjoy the peace of nature.

Also, Kollam is also referred to as the backwaters gateway as well as exhibits. And also It has some of the most picturesque views that steal away the viewer’s breath.

Snuggled on the Ashtamudi Lakeshores, this destination is renowned for its rich as well as deeply rooted past. This town smells of the charm of the old world. Also, it is also home to numerous ports in the Arabian Sea that once played a significant role for traders.

  • Places to Stay:  Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, All Seasons Hotel, The Raviz Resort and Spa, Ashtamudi Villas, D’Fort Ayurvedic Resort in All Seasons.
  • Things To Do:  Canoeing, sports in Paddlesport, ATV Rides, Bike Tour, and also a Houseboat Trip.
  • Ideal Duration:  1 Day/2 Night.
  • Best Visiting Time:  September to February.
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport to Trivandrum is 66 km.
  • Nearest Railway Station:  Railway station Kollam Junction is situated within the town itself.

19. Mannarkkad-To Silent Valley Doorway

Mannarkkad-To Silent Valley Doorway

Lying in God’s Own Country. Mannarkkad is one of those tourist places in Kerala that attracts travellers looking to get closer to nature as well as wildlife. This destination, incredibly blessed with its mother nature, is also home to an extensive number of cultural villages.

Mannarkkad is also a town that looks straight out of a fairytale with captivating rivers flowing through the wooded valley. Also, make it a spectacular location.

Snuggling on the Western Ghats foothills, Mannarkkad is a town that is one of Kerala’s largest agricultural markets. Also, different plantation products include cinnamon,  pepper, rubber as well as plantain. It is also one of the most demanding places to visit in Kerala .

  • Nearby Popular Tourist Sights:  Ooty, Wayanad, Munnar, Palakkad, Nilambur, Coonoor, and also Malampuzha.
  • Best Visit Time:  May to September.
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport is Calicut is 73 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Station:  The nearest railway station in Palakkad is 32 km away.

20. Ponnani-Land That Is Historically Harmonious

Ponnani-Land That Is Historically Harmonious

Also, one of the most stunning sightseeing places to visit in Kerala. Ponnani is a beach town that looks straight out of a book of stories.  Also, the vast sandy beaches with clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea gave this town its fame.

This destination is also known as the Mecca of South India with its floors covered by numerous Muslim Institutions.

Ponnani is also a place where one can see cultural peace at its finest. This destination has no dearth of eye-catching flora and fauna, making it also one of the most-visited tourist places in Kerala.

  • Ideal Time:  1 Day.
  • Popular Tourist Attractions:  Jama Masjid, Thrikkavu temple, Mosque of the Human Ath, Padinharekara beach, and also Temple of Navamukunda. 
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport is Calicut is 55 km away.
  • Closest Railway Station:  The nearest railway station to Tirur is 19 km away.

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FAQ’s About Tourist Places In Kerala

Lot of questions comes to our mind while planning to visit kerala, some of the commonly asked questions are answered below.

Q. What is the best time to visit Kerala?

A. The best time to visit Kerala is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant, and festivals like Onam add cultural vibrancy.

Q. How can I explore the backwaters in Kerala?

A. To explore the backwaters, consider renting a houseboat in Alleppey or Kumarakom. It provides a unique and relaxing way to experience Kerala’s waterways.

Q. Are there any trekking opportunities in Kerala?

A. Yes, Kerala offers various trekking opportunities, with destinations like Munnar and Wayanad providing scenic trails suitable for all levels of trekkers.

Q. What is the traditional cuisine of Kerala?

A. Kerala is known for its delectable cuisine, featuring dishes like appam, puttu, and the famous Kerala Sadya – a traditional feast served on a banana leaf.

Q. Are there any wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala?

A. Yes, Kerala boasts several wildlife sanctuaries, including Periyar National Park and Silent Valley National Park, where you can spot diverse flora and fauna.

Q. Which is the No 1 tourist places in Kerala?

A. The top tourist spot in Kerala is undoubtedly Munnar, known for its stunning tea plantations and breathtaking landscapes.

Q. How can I plan for 3 days in Kerala?

A. Craft a memorable 3-day Kerala itinerary by exploring Kochi’s history, cruising Alleppey’s backwaters, and unwinding on Kovalam Beach.

Q. Which is the best trip place?

A. For an unforgettable experience, consider Wayanad as the best trip place in Kerala, offering nature’s playground with dense forests and hidden waterfalls.

Q. Where is best in Kerala?

A. The best destination in Kerala is subjective, but Wayanad, with its natural beauty and adventurous opportunities, stands out for many travelers.

Q. What makes Kerala a unique tourist destination?

A. Kerala’s uniqueness stems from its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and a wide array of experiences, ranging from backwaters to hill stations and vibrant beaches.

Q. Are houseboat cruises a popular attraction in Kerala?

A. Absolutely! Houseboat cruises are a quintessential Kerala experience, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the backwaters.

Q. What is the best time to visit Kerala for wildlife enthusiasts?

A. The best time for wildlife enthusiasts is during the winter months when the weather is pleasant, and animals are more active.

Q. What are the must-try dishes in Kerala?

A. Kerala’s cuisine offers a variety of delicacies, including appam with stew, Kerala-style fish curry, and traditional seafood dishes.

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Kerala’s stunning resurgence as a top global travel destination in the post-pandemic phase got a massive endorsement with the The New York Times listing the state among 52 must-visit places in 2023. Kerala is the only destination from India, and is listed at the 13th spot in the newspaper’s annual list of places to visit. What clinched this global recognition for the state are its festivals, experiential tourism products and its trendsetting Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative that brought benefits to communities and unfolded the rustic charm of the state before the tourists. The prestigious newspaper wrote that people travel to immerse themselves in other cultures but some forms of community tourism put residents on display without offering benefits. In Kerala, however, which is celebrated for its beaches, backwater lagoons, cuisine and rich cultural traditions like the Vaikathashtami festival, the state government has adopted an award-winning approach of Responsible Tourism that allows visitors to experience village life while supporting the communities that host them, observed Paige McClanahan, the newspaper journalist who visited Kerala. In an all-embracing snapshot, The New York Times also mentioned Kerala as a place where one can learn to climb a palm tree, visit a temple during an annual festival, and get a sustainable taste of village life. In particular, it mentioned Kumarakom as one of several “responsible tourism destinations” in the state, where “visitors can paddle through jungly canals, weave rope from coconut fibre and even learn to climb a palm tree. In Maravanthuruthu, visitors can follow a storytelling trail and enjoy village street art before taking in an evening performance of a traditional temple dance.” The Tourism Minister Mr P. A. Mohamed Riyas said the achievement is effectively a global accolade for the state’s community-based activities in the travel and hospitality sector. “The government considers sustainable tourism development meaningful only if it leads to the development of local communities.” Mr K. S. Srinivas, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism, said Kerala’s thrust on experiential tourism clinched this coveted recognition for the state. Noting that Kerala Tourism targets inclusive tourism development, Kerala Tourism Director Mr S. Prem Krishnan said featuring on the list of The New York Times is a global recognition for this approach. Besides Kerala, the other places that were listed included London, Morioka (Japan), Monumental Valley Navajo Tribal Park (USA), Kilmartin Glen (Scotland), Auckland (New Zealand), Palm Springs (California), Kangaroo Island (Australia), Vjosa River (Albania), Accra (Ghana), Tromso (Norway), Lencois Maranhenses National Park (Brazil), Bhutan, Greenville (South Carolina), and Tucson (Arizona). For Kerala Tourism, the year gone by witnessed remarkable achievements and inspiring global and national honours. The TIME magazine figured Kerala as one of the ‘50 Extraordinary Destinations to explore in 2022’. Conde Nast Traveller featured Kerala’s Aymanam village among the 30 best places to visit, while Travel & Leisure magazine chose the state for the Global Vision Award. Last year, the STREET project, a part of the state’s Responsible Tourism initiative, bagged the global award at World Travel Market (WTM), London.

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Kerala, a surreal destination where the morning brings in the mist and magic. Fondly called the “ God’s Own Country ”, this is the place where the  backwaters  hold everyone captive with their alluring silence. Yes, it’s the ‘ Spice Capital of India ’ where the evening wishes adieu with some of the enchanting melodiesplayed by Mother Nature. Yes, such is the beauty and appeal of Kerala!Let loose the wanderlust in you and plan a trip to this prismatic land; there are an array of  places to visit in Kerala . Make sure you make it to all these destinations and curate some of the most pleasing memories out of your trip. And in case, you are finding it tough to decide the destinations to cover, here is a sorted list of  tourist places  that will fill your travelogue with fun, frolic and excitement:

  • Alleppey Wayanad Cochin Munnar Kumarakom Kovalam Kollam Vagamon Kozhikode Kumarakom Thekkady Ashtamudi Bekal Guruvayur Idukki Kannur Kasargod Backwaters Kavvayi Backwaters Kizhunna Beach Kuttanad Malampuzha Malappuram Marari Munroe Island Nelliampathy Palakkad Ponmudi Poovar Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur Varkala

1 Alleppey (Alappuzha):

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There is the whole of Kerala in one side, and then there is this heavenly tourist destination called Alappuzha or Alleppey! Esteemed as the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ or the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is known for its silent backwaters and bountiful beauty!

Seated on the banks of the azure Vembanad Lake, it is in fact one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala and one of the highest sought-aftertourist places in Kerala. Visit this paradise; enjoy houseboat cruise and stay, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies and lot more!

Also see :  Top 10 Backwater Resorts in Kerala

Year-round destination

Vembanad Lake , Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, St. Mary Rorane Church

Alleppey Railway Station

Summer (April – June), Winter (October – Mid March), Monsoon (July – September)

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Cradled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Wayanad truly deserves a top rank in the list of  places to visit in Kerala . Situated at an astounding height of 700-2,100m, this stunning hill station is all about fantasy, untouched nature, unforgettable moments, and merriment!

Adding more to  Wayanad’s  enchanting beauty, visitors can also revisit and unfold history while visiting this hilly retreat. Yes, the lush and pristine forests in Wayanad are said to be inhabited more than 3,000 years ago.

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Year-round Destination

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary , Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves, SulthanBthery, Chain Tree

Calicut International Airport (98km)

Nilambur Railway Station (92km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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Kochi  or Cochin is a unique placein  God’s Own Country  that is perfectly blended with cultural values and modern ideas! Fondly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this imposing port-city has always been an attraction point since the beginning of history.

A melting point of numerous culture and traditions, Cochin has embraced all the modern outlook to become one of the most developed metropolis in India. Be it the essence of the Dutch establishments, British history, Chinese nets, or the traditional spice markets, Cochin will surely make you fall in love once again!

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July (Beginning of Monsoon) to April (Early Summer)

Fort Kochi, Vypeen Island, Vypeen Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Marine Drive, Bolghatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FrnacisChirch, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Kanjiramattam Masjid, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Cultural Centre, Malayattoor, Mattancherry, Lulu Mall (Largest Mall in India), Kodannad Elephant Training Centre, Hill Palace Museum, Edappally Museum, Princess Street, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Vasco Da Gama Square

Kochi International Airport

Kochi Railway Junction

Summer (March - June), Winter (July - September), Monsoon (October - February)

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Yet another gorgeous hill station in the lap of the fascinating Western Ghats, Munnar needs no introduction. Rising 1,600m above the sea level, a vacation in the beguiling locales of this hilly retreat is all about the lofty clouds, picturesque mountains, rolling hills, and a soothing ambience.

Canopied mostly by never-ending tea plantations and lush forests, you simply cannot miss out Munnar while searching for the best  tourist destination in Kerala . Be it during the summer or the winter, monsoon or the spring, Munnar will always make you crave for more!

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Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Lock-Hart Gap, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Lite of Pi Church,

Cochin International Airport (125km)

Ernakulam Junction (128km / 4 Hours)

5 Kumarakom:

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Adorned by the magical charm of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is another beguiling  backwater destination in God’s Own Country. Located within the proximity to Kottayam city, this is the place where even being lazy is also one of the best things you can do during your Kerala holidays.

Adorned by the charm of the emerald Vembanad Lake, the evergreen coconut grooves, breezy rice fields, and lot more, Kumarakom is popular among all the types of visitors. However, backwater cruise and houseboat stays are the most popular thing to do in this beautiful tourist destination.

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September (Monsoon End) to March (Winter End)

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If you are a beach goer, and is still assuming none can beat the charm and allurement of Goa or other popular beach destinations, you must visit Kovalam today! Located along the coastlines of the charismatic Arabian Sea, this beach town is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Kerala.

Located only 16km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala,  Kovalam  is the home to some of the most picturesque and playful beaches in the country. While in here, you can stroll around, indulge in beach activities or in other fun-filled activities around Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach.

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September (Monsoon End) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Vellayani Lake, Lighthouse Beach, Chowara Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach, Shangumkham Beach, Neyyar Dam, Aruvikkara Dam, Edakallu, Karamana River, Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Art Gallery, Valiyathura Pier, Veli Tourist Village, Artificial Coral Reef, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Naiper Art Museum, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple,

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (16km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (13km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (July - September)

7 Thekkady:

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Considering that you want more from your Kerala holidays, you should not miss a trip to Thekkady, the evergreen abode of God’s Own Country! Strategically located and well-connected with some of the major Kerala holiday destinations, this is the place that always wears the green colour of Mother Nature!

The ‘Spice Capital of Kerala’, Thekkady is much popular as the natural abode to numerous exotic wildlife species. And while talking about wildlife species, the  Periyar National Park  in Thekkady will surely behold all your senses with its fascinating range of dwellers!

You may also like: Offbeat Things to do in Thekkady &  Places to Visit in Thekkady

October to February (Winter)

Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Gavi, Kumily, Caramom Hills, Spring Valley Mountain, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil, Panchalimedu, Vandiperiyar, Grampi, Mangala Devi Temple

Madurai Airport (140km), Kochi International Airport (265km)

Kottayam Railway Station (107km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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A quaint port-city in God’s Own Country, Kollam has its own charm and appeal. Enthralled by the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and caressed by the emerald Ashtamudi Lake, it is a picture-perfect holiday destination in the list of the most appealing or enticing tourist places in India’s ‘Backwater Capital’.

While in Kollam, you can feel and experience the indigenous cultures and traditions of Kerala in the most vivid way. Be it fishing, agriculture, cashew processing, or tourism, this port-city holds a prominent place among the visitors. For the beach lovers, they can revel around the Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach.

You may also like: Best Beaches in Kerala & List of Backwater Destination in Kerala

August (Mid Monsoon) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Dutch Quilon, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Paravoor, Punalur, Thenmala, Mayyanad, Deer Park, Thevalli Palace, British Residency, Chavara, Jatayupara, Thangasseri, Rameshwara Temple, Sasthamkotta, Ochira,KottarakkaraKathakali Museum, Picnic Village, Munore Island, Neendakara Port

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (51km), Kochi International Airport (129km)

Kollam Railway Junction

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If you are looking for an offbeat, yet captivating holiday experience in Kerala, you must plan your vacation in Vagamon . One of the most scenic hill stations and least explored tourist places in Kerala, this retreat in the Idukki district is known for its salubrious beauty, pleasant climate, and much more.

In addition to leisure travellers, thrill and adventure seekers also make it to Vagamon in a considerable number. A year-round destination, it is considered as an ideal destination for adventure activities like paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, and lot more.

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Murinjupuzha Water Falls, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, ElaveezhaPoonchira, Idukki Arch Dam, Pine Hills, Parumthumpara Point, Kurisumala, Peermade, Mangala Devi Temple, Pattumalai Church, Kuttikanam Palace,

Cochin International Airport (75km)

Kottayam Railway Station (64km / 2 Hours)

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

10 Kozhikode:

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You won’t be wrong if you call this metropolis as the ‘City of Spices’, ‘City of Truth’ or the ‘City of Sculptures’. Well, all these synonyms are hardly enough to describe the aura and essence of Kozhikode or Calicut! This kaleidoscopic city is much more than a tourist destination.

Located on the Malabar Coast, Kozhikode or Calicut is esteemed as one of the diverse and best places to visit in Kerala. Dotted with an array of historical landmarks, tourist spots and attractions, this wonderful city is also a lively reminiscent of the Dutch and British eras in India.

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July to April

Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Thusharagiri Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kadalundi, Tali Temple, Lion's Park, Kalipoyika, Mananchira Square, Krishna Menon Museum, Peruvannamuzhi Dam

Calicut International Airport (28km)

Kozhikode Railway Station

Summer (April - May), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

11 Ashtamudi:

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A quaint city in the warm locales of Kollam, Ashtamudi lies on the outer edges of the alluring Ashtamudi Lake. While a bustling trade centre in the past, it now attracts an impressive number of visitors form different corners of the globe. Visitors usually throng Ashtamudi to enjoy its impeccable beauty and treat themselves with the bucolic ambience of God’s Own Country. While in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more.

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November to February (Winter)

Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Monroe Island,

Trivandrum International Airport (71km)

Kollam Junction (15km / 1 Hour)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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Located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, Bekal is among the most scenic hamlets you can ever visit while on a Kerala tour. A combined beauty of the mighty Arabian Sea and lush landscapes, this tiny, yet pictorial village is of utmost historical importance. The glorious Bekal Fort testifies this fact vividly.

Serving as a perfect getaway from the concrete life, Bekal enjoys a pleasant climate while wearing a greener shade throughout the year. If you are yearning for silent, yet joyous holiday experience in Kerala, Bekal is the ideal hideout for you!

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October to March

Bekal Fort, Pallikere Beach, Bekal Fort Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kappil Beach, Hosdurg Beach, Nileswaram Cultural Centre, Nityanandarshan Caves, TulurVanam, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Mallikarjuna Temple, Malik Dinar Mosque Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport (50km)

Kasaragod Railway Station (12km), Kanhangad Railway Station (14km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

13 Guruvayur:

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Home to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple – fourth largest Hindu temple in India, Guruvayur has many legends. One of them states that this temple town was chosen by Lord Krishna to ensconce His Dwarka temple. On the wish of the Lord, Vayu Deva along with Brhaspati reinstated Lord Krishna’s statue in the sacred Guruvayur Temple . Today, a large number of devotees visit this holy temple on a daily basis.

The venue ground for festivals like Guruvayur Ekadasi and ChembaiSangeetholsavam, Guruvayur is also known for its magnificent charm and appeal. A sought-after destination among the seclusion lovers, it is still resonates the untouched beauty of God’s Own Country.

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Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur Elephant Camp, MammiyurMahadevan Temple, Palayur Church, Parthasarathy Temple, Chamundeshwary Temple, Devaswom Museum, Institute of Mural Paintings

Calicut International Airport (77km)

Guruvayur Junction

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A gem in the lap of the mighty Western Ghats, Idukki boasts of being one of the evergreen and pristine districts in Kerala. Canopied by lush vegetation, this part of ‘India’s Backwater Capital’ has a unique charm and attracts visitors from almost all the corners of the globe.

Home to numerous natural marvels, lofty peaks like Anamudi and others, captivating sanctuaries, and spice gardens, this surreal part of Kerala is a must for every nature lovers. To note here, many of the popular Kerala tourist destinations like Munnar, Vagamon, Ramakkalmedu, Marayur, and Thekkady are located within this district.

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Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Idukki Arch Dam, Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Nandukani, Painavu, Gavi, Murikkady, Kulamavu Dam, Anakkara, Hill View Park, Thommankuthu Falls, Keezharkuthu Falls, Mangala Devi Temple

Cochin International Airport (98km)

Theni Junction (83km)

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Also known as ‘The Crown of Kerala’, Kannur is a true treat to the visitors’ eyes! Bordered by the fascinating beauty of the Western Ghats, adorned with the alluring strokes of the Arabian Sea, and decked with the bucolic charm of an evergreen outlook, this beach town in the Malabar Coast is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala.

Whether you are a nature lover, beach goer, history buff, culture fan, thrill seeker, or a casual backpacker, you would surely fall in love with the untouched beauty of Kannur. Also, not to forget here, this city is the home to Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach , the only drive-in beach in India.

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October (Early Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Thottada Beach, Baby Beach, Mopila Bay, Dharmadam Island, Parassinikkadavu, Arakkal Museum, Sundareswara Temple, Fort St. Angelo, Pallikunnu, Holy Trinity Cathedral

Calicut International Airport (84km)

Kannur Railway Station

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - August)

16 Kasargod:

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A quaint town that showcases a diverse of biodiversity, a prismatic destination is dotted with an array of tourist attractions , and a home away from home for the visitors, Kasaragod is a swaying beauty in Kerala’s tourism map. Steeped with glorious past, this balmy town also serves a home to a range of loft peaks, stunning beaches, historic marvels, natural treasure, and much more.

While on a trip God’s Own Country and searching for places to visit in Kerala, you must plan a trip to Kasaragod. Whether on a honeymoon trip, nature tour, backpacking quest, or any other, this scenic town will keep you amazed with its kaleidoscopic and admirable beauty!

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September to January

Chandragiri Fort, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Ranipuram, Malik Deenar Mosque, Madhur, Cheruvathur, Rock Point, Kareem's Forest Park, Manjeshwar, Trikkanad and PandayanKallu, Nileshwar, Kottancheri Hills, Anandashram and Nityanandashram, Kumbala, Bela Church, Maipady Palace

Mangalore Airport (45km)

Kasaragod Junction

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - November)

17 Kavvayi Backwaters:

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While searching for places to visit in Kerala , you may find a number of backwater destination. However, if you are yearning the most surreal or enchanting backwater experience, Kavvayi Backwaters is the one for you! Flowing with all its beauty and grace Payyanur in the Kannur district of Kerala, this patch of backwater has a unique appeal that can infect the visitors within just a wink!

Fringed with lush greeneries, Kavvayi Backwaters serves as an ideal honeymoon and family vacation destination in the entire of Kerala. Visit this pictorial abode anytime of the year, and its heart-warming beauty and charm will surely hold you captive!

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Valiyaparamba Island, Payyannur Island, Kavvayi Island, Boating

Calicut International Airport (154km)

Payyannur Junction (3km)

18 Kizhunna Beach:

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One of the most promising, yet offbeat beaches in Kerala, the Kizhunna Beach is located in the coastal town Kannur in God’s Own Country. Often called the ‘KizhunnaEzhara Beach’ due to its proximity with the Ezhara Beach, this picturesque retreat can be make any beach goer crave for more!

Adding more to its untouched beauty, the Kizhunna Beach in Kerala enjoys a favourable climate almost throughout the year. Owing to this, it receives an ample of beach lovers from across the globe.

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December to February (Winter)

Kannur, Ezhara Beach, Swimming, Sun Basking, Village Tours

Calicut International Airport (108km)

Kannur Railway Station (10km)

19 Kuttanad:

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Fondly called as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad is truly a poetry in motion! Gracious, tranquil, evergreen, and still untouched by the outer world, this magnificent tourist destination in God’s Own Country is fringed with captivating groves of coconut trees, and is interconnected with a bucolic network of canal. This makes Kuttanad a place to behold among the visitors.

While the intrinsic network of canals add more to the beauty and charm of Kuttanad, its evergreen swaying paddy fields make it truly irresistible for the visitors. Also, the rustic and traditional way of living that still persists in this piece of heaven will surely make you feel and live the true colours of Kerala.

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August to March

Champakulam, Chengannur, Pamba River, Meenachil River, Achankovil River, Manimala River, Punnamada Lake, Backwaters, Paddy Fields, Traditional Water Turbines,

Cochin International Airport (85km)

Alleppey Railway Station (22km) and Changanacherry Railway Station (28km)

Summer (April - June), Winter (October - Mid March), Monsoon (July - September)

20 Malampuzha:

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India’s ‘Spice Capital’ is all about lush greeneries and heart-warming ambience, hence the name “God’s Own Country’! And while in Malampuzha, located in the Palakkad district, you can feel the true essence of Kerala and its bountiful nature.

Mostly covered by evergreen vegetation, this part of the state is a picture-perfect display of how we should co-exist with Mother Nature. Malampuzha’s undulating beauty and tranquillity makes it a must to visit place in the entire region of Southern India.

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August (Monsoon End) to April (Early Summer)

Malampuzha Dam, Malampuzha Garden, Kava, Palakkad Fort, Dhoni Hills and Waterfalls, Thread Garden, Rock Garden, Snake Park, UdanKhatola, Fantasy Park,

Coimbatore International Airport (Tamil Nadu) (55km)

Palakkad Junction (8km)

Summer (April - May), Winter (September - March), Monsoon (June - August)

21 Malappuram:

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Once a military headquarter, Malappuram or the ‘City of Hills’ or ‘Soccer City of Kerala’ could be one of the best things happening to you! All you need to do is, just plan a visit to this gorgeous hilltop city, and you would surely get pleasantly lost within its beguiling ambience.

Situated in the southern corner of Kerala, this scenic city wears a misty outlook for most of the year, and draws a large number of tourists from across the country. Be it natural appeal, historic significance, tourist activities, places of attractions , or even to laze around, you will find ample of elements to keep yourself soaked with fun-frolic while in Malappuram.

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July (Early Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Keralamkundu Waterfalls, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Koottayi Beach, Padinharekara Beach, BiyyamKayal, Up & Down Hill, Kottakkunnu, Panakkad, Shanthitheeram, Arimbra Hills, Teak Museum, Anakkayam, Melmuri, Malappuram Juma Masjid, Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple,

Calicut International Airport (38km)

Angadipuram Railway Station (17km)

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Believe it or not, but Goa alone cannot be called the paradise for beach lovers and other tourists alike! And if there is any other place in India that can be equally compared with Goa, it has to be Kerala. Well, if you want to know why, you must plan a visit to the Marari Beach in the Alleppey district of Kerala!

One of the most captivating beaches in the entire country, Marari Beach will surely make you forget any other beaches in India. Rated among the top five ‘Hammock Beaches’ by National Geographic, this virgin beach proves to be a wonderful place to laze around, enjoy sun basking, indulge in beach activities, and lot more!

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September (Monsoon End) to May (Summer End)

Beach Activities, Thumpolly Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Cherthala, The Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Andres Church, Mararikulam Shiva Temple, Aroor, Arthunkal, Poochakkal

Cochin International Airport (90km)

Mararikulam Railway Station (3km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - October)

23 Munroe Island:

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A cluster of islands straight out of fairy tales, Munroe Island comprises of a collective group of 8 different islets. Interconnected with each other with a turquoise network of canals, this group of islands is around 27km form the heart of Kollam , and is a much-sought-after destination among the visitors.

Edged with evergreen coconut groves, these islands can be called the epitome of serenity and tranquillity. Whether on a family vacation, honeymoon trip, backpacking trails, or casually holidaying, you can bump on the Munroe Island anytime or during any part of the year.

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October to May

Island Hoping, Boating, Kallada River, Ashtamudi Lake, Wonderla Amusement Park, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica

Trivandrum International Airport (97km)

Kollam Railway Station (25km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November- February), Monsoon (June - September)

24 Nelliampathy:

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If Kerala is called the ‘God’s Own Country’, Nelliampathy (or Nelliampathi) is fondly called the ‘God’s Own Village’! Located around 60km from Palakkad, this quaint hamlet is one of the least explored and equally stunning hill stations in Kerala .

With a captivating range of hills that soar up to an astounding height of 467-1,572m, Nelliampathy serves as an ideal getaway to enjoy and revel in the alluring charm of India’s Backwater Capital. With lofty peaks, rugged trails, and around 10-hair pin bends, this tiny, yet enthralling hill station also serves as a hotspot among the thrill and fun seekers.

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October (Pre-Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Trekking, Boating, Nelliyampathy Hills, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nenmara, Palagapandi Estate, Seetharkundu Viewpoint, Padagiri, Raja's Cliff, Pothundi Reservoir, Malampuzha Gardens, Nelliyampathy Gardens

Palakkad Railway Station

25 Palakkad:

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Palakkad or the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ is truly a paradise for the nature lovers and admirers. Situated at the foothills of the mighty Western Ghats, this scenic land is jotted with lush and evergreen vegetation all throughout, and is adored as the ‘Granary of Kerala’.

Steeped with a glorious past, decked with diverse range of traditions, cultures, art & music, and the indigenous Malabar style of living, Palakkad surely qualifies for a natural treasure in Kerala’s tourism map. Also, the tropical climate that prevails in this gorgeous city, makes it a not-to-be missed place to visit in Kerala.

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July (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary, Mayiladumpara Peacock Sanctuary, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Attappadi, Kava View Point, Rock Garden, Siruvani Reservoir, Kanjirapuzha Reservoir, Dhoni Forest (Trekking), Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex, Nelliyampathy Hills, Pothundi Dam and Reservoir, Mangalam Dam, Tipu's Fort, ThiruvalathurRanduMoorthy Temple, Jain Temple, Vadakkanthara Temple, Manapullikaavu, KalpathyAgraharam and Vishwanathaswamy Temple, KumarapuramTemple, EmoorBhagavathyTemple, Thiruvalathoor Shiva Temple,

Peelamedu Airport (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) (43km), Kochi International Airport (96km)

Palakkad Junction (Broad Gauge Line), Palakkad Town Railway Station (Narrow Gauge Line)

Summer (February - May), Winter (November - March), Monsoon (June - October)

26 Ponmudi:

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If you still think that Kerala is all about backwaters, mighty ocean, playful beaches, spice gardens, or evergreen coconut groves, you must visit the stunning hill station called Ponmudi ! Around 55km away from the state capital, this promising hill station will make you rethink and create a whole new perception God’s Own Country!

Enchanted by the spellbinding beauty of the Western Ghats, a drive or ride to Ponmudi has its own fun and excitement. While for the nature lovers, this part of the journey opens an unknown window to Kerala’s mesmerising beauty, adrenaline seekers love to have a tryst with the thrills associated.

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November (Post Monsoon) to May (Summer End)

Trivandrum International Airport (67km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (61km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - March), Monsoon (June - September)

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While in the Poovar Beach, you can witness one of the rarest phenomenon in the world. It is in this scenic beach, where the sea meets a river and a lake. Well, this is not it! Poovar estuary is also serves as the confluence ground of the beach and land!

A quintessential display of exotic flora and fauna, this beach portrays much of traditional ways of coastal living where fishing plays an important part of daily life. Situated around 12km from Kovalam , Poovar Beach has gained immense popularity as a popular picnic spots among the beach lovers and other types of visitors.

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August (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Early Summer)

Poovar Beach, Thiruparappu Falls, Fishing Village, Kalipoika, Kozhipara, Thikkoti Light House

Trivandrum International Airport (38km)

28 Thiruvananthapuram:

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The capital city of God’s Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum , or the ‘Evergreen City of India’ is also the largest city in the state. Located at the south-western edge of Kerala, this city is the perfect example of how rural life gets mixed with the contemporary way of living.

Dotted with numerous tourist spots, places of historical importance, scenic beaches, and much more, Trivandrum is a true treasure trove among visitors from all the walks of life. Rated as one of the finest Indian cities to live in, Thiruvananthapuram can also be called the ‘Economic Capital’ of Kerala.

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Ponmudi, Kovalam, Shanghumugham Beach, Aruvi Waterfalls, Akkulam Tourist Village, Veli Tourist Village, Aruvikkara Dam, Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Poovar, Kowdiar Palace, Agasthyakoodam, Koyikkal Palace, Kanakakunnu Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Napier Museum, Zoological Gardens, Vizhinjam, Thiruvallam, ParipallyGajamela, AnanthaPadmanabha Temple, AttukalBhagavathi Temple

Aaranmula Boat Race, Trekking, Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Mankkayam Falls, Kallar, Koyikkal Palace, Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Sri Krishna Swami Temple

Trivandrum International Airport

Trivandrum Central Railway Station

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (July - September)

29 Thrissur:

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If you are a cultural fan or enthusiastic about the rich traditions of Kerala, Thrissur should be ranked as #1 in your travelogue! Also called ‘Trichur’, this city was once the capital of Kingdom of Cochin, and is fondly called the ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’.

Being edged with a number of scared temples and other religious spots, Thrissur serves as an important pilgrimage among the Hindu devotees. Yes, this city is the venue ground of the famous ‘Temple Festival’ or the ‘Thrissur Pooram’ that is known and participated by devotees from across the globe.

Visit the city during this festival, and you will find the entire Trichur uniting and celebrating the festival with high vigour and equal gusto!

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Year-round Destination / April to May (Thrissur Pooram is celebrated)

Chavakkad Beach, Nattika Beach, Vatanappally Beach, Athirapally Waterfalls, Guruvayoor, Peechi Dam, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Thrisuur Zoo, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Dam, Thrissur Pooram, Archaeological Museum, PunnathurKotta, Sri Maheswara Temple, Lourdes Cathedral, Marth Mariam Church, Vaddakunathan Temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Dolours Basilica, ParamekkavuBhagavathy Temple, Arattupuzha Temple

Kochi International Airport (67km)

Thrissur Railway Station

30 Varkala:

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Flaunting its gracious beauty and charm while having a tryst with the Arabian Sea, Varkala is surely one of the most gorgeous and best places to visit in Kerala! A kaleidoscopic coastal town in Trivandrum, this is in fact the only place in God’s Own Country where cliffs are found alongside the sea-line.

While being a hotspot among the beach lovers, Varkala is also known for the ancient Janardana Swami Temple that dates back to 2,000 years. If you are planning for a Kerala trip, make sure you visit this quaint town; it will keep you amazed all through with its impeccable beauty, devout ambience, and playful beach!

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Paragliding, Varkala Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Edava Beach, Kappil Beach, Papanasam Beach, 590 Cliff, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Varkala Tunnel, Vishnu Temple, Varkala Aquarium, KaduvayilJuma Masjid, Varkala Lighthouse,

Trivandrum International Airport (36km)

VarkalaSivagiri Railway Station

Summer (April - June), Winter (October - March), Monsoon

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1 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 51 Tourist attractions

Famous for the tea estates, greenery, winding roads, blanket of mist, and viewpoints, Munnar is a hill station in Kerala, located in the Idukki district. Lying in the Western Ghats at 1600 metres, it is one of the most sought after and visited travel destinations globally, especially popular amongst...

Best Time: September to May

2. Alleppey

2 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 37 Tourist attractions

Officially called Alappuzha, Alleppey is known for its network of canals and lagoons with beautiful backwaters and the houseboats offering overnight stays. Located in the southern part of Kerala, the coastline of Alleppey offers some of the best beaches with water sports during the dry sea...

Best Time: June to March

3 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 57 Tourist attractions

Lying on the Malabar coast in the southwest of India, Kochi or Cochin is a port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Known popularly as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is also Kerala's financial, commercial, and industrial capital. Exuding an old-world charm with...

Best Time: July to April

4 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 35 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Wayanad in Kerala is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Situated at an altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level, this picturesque region is blessed with verdant forests, mist-covered hills, and glistening waterfalls, making it ...

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 25 Tourist attractions

Varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala known for the unique 15m high 'Northern Cliff' adjacent to the Arabian Sea. It is popular for its hippie culture, shacks on the cliff serving great seafood and playing global music and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru...

6. Kumarakom

6 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 14 Tourist attractions

With emerald green waters flanked by lush vegetation, Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination situated 16km away from Kottayam in Kerala. Lying on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of small human-made islands reclaimed from the lake.

Best Time: September to March

7 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 17 Tourist attractions

Located near Kottayam-Idukki Border, Wagamon, popularly known as Vagamon, is a quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala. With a pleasant climate throughout the year, this breathtaking tourist spot has meandering rivulets and lush green hills surrounding it. The tea garden, pine forests, waterfalls,...

8 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 33 Tourist attractions

Famous for its resorts and ayurvedic massage centres, Kovalam is a coastal town located around 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The largest beach in Kovalam is the lighthouse beach that features a 30-metre tall lighthouse. The other two adjacent beaches are Samudra beach and Hawa beach....

9. Periyar National Park

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The Periyar National Park in Thekkady, Kerala, is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and the best-protected reserve area that one can lay eyes on in India. Famous for its gorgeousness, greenery and stillness, the park is the dwelling place of abundant significant species, including the...

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Poovar is a small rustic town situated 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with unspoilt, unexplored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala.

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A treasure trove of natural wonders and historical edifices, Kollam is an enchanting town with backwaters and picturesque landscapes. Located 70kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Kollam is a commercial centre and home to India’s cashew producing industry. Popularly known as Quilon, it is ofte...

Best Time: September to February

12 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 38 Tourist attractions

Idukki, a landlocked district of Kerala, is one of the most nature-rich areas in Kerala with more than half of the area covered with forest. This rugged hill resort is known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests.

13. Sabarimala

13 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 6 Tourist attractions

More than 30 million pilgrims visit the temple in Sabarimala annually, making it the largest in India and second largest in the world, after Hajj Pilgrimage of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, Sabarimala is a temple town on th...

Best Time: September to Apr

14. Kozhikode

14 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 44 Tourist attractions

Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is located in Kerala. It was the Capital of Malabar during the Zamorin rule 500 years ago and is famous for its centuries-old trade in cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and Chinese. Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on th...

Best Time: October to March

15 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

Located on the west of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is a small town in the Kasargod district of Kerala. It is famous for its beaches, backwaters, forts and some tourists spots. Bekal is home to the largest fortress in Kerala. It's one of the primary landmarks of Kasargod district.

16. Thrissur

16 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 41 Tourist attractions

Officially known as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is famous for fostering classical Keralan performing arts, religious sites and the renowned  Thrissur Pooram festival, Onam festival and Vadakkumnathan Temple.

17. Palakkad

17 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 28 Tourist attractions

The quaint town of Palakkad in central Kerala boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Also known as Palghat, Pallakad is located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the chief gra...

Best Time: July to March

18. Thalassery

18 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 17 Tourist attractions

Fondly known as Tellichery, Thalassery is a coastal town of Kerala nestled at the shore of Arabian Sea and immersed in the vibrant culture. Steeped in rich history and heritage, this town was one of the earliest British settlements in the state.

19. Trivandrum

19 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 28 Tourist attractions

The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum, is an appealing blend of a strongly rooted heritage and a nostalgic colonial legacy. Built upon seven hills, this city has long since left the days when it was only used by seafaring explorers behind - today, Trivandrum is an expensive me...

Best Time: October to February

20. Nelliyampathy

20 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 14 Tourist attractions

With plenty of unexplored treasures, Nelliyampathy is a hill station located near the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border offering bounty of nature and lush green surroundings of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The town is also ornamented with a variety of flora, fauna and picturesque tourist attract...

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21. Vythiri

21 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

62 kms off Kozhikode is Vythiri, a popular resort town famous for its old world charm of cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations cosily nestled in the forests of Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of 700 metres, Vythiri in Wayanad comprises of 18 villages.

Best Time: October to Apr

22. Nilambur

22 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

Enriched with raw nature, a unique blend of culture, exquisite art forms and shadows of colonial rule, Nilambur is located in Malappuram District of Kerala. Nestled at the bank of Chaliyar River in proximity to Nilgiri Range, this small town is popularly known as 'Land of Teak Plantations'.

23. Ponmudi

23 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the lap of rolling hills of the Western Ghats, enveloped with tea plantations, lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and streams; Ponmudi is a quaint little town in Trivandrum, Kerala. Trekking and mountain climbing on Agasthayarkoodam, the highest peak in the region is the most popula...

Best Time: November to May

24. Kalpetta

24 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 20 Tourist attractions

Kalpetta is a quaint town with a backdrop of majestic hills lurking in the shadows, lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque beauty. Housed in the Wayanad District of Kerala, at a height of 780 m above the sea level, Kalpetta is a perfect place for nature lovers as well as honeymooners.

25. Peerumedu

25 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 8 Tourist attractions

Blessed with lots of green cover, beautiful rolling hills, wandering streams and gurgling waterfalls; Peermede is a small bewitching hill station of Kerala, pure and pristine. Perched at an altitude of 915 m above the sea level, the town has many hidden treasure troves waiting to be uncovered.

Best Time: April to June, September to November

26. Guruvayur

26 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

A small town in the district of Thrissur, Guruvayur is the most famous for the Guruvayur Temple - India's third-largest temple housing Lord Krishna. The temple is believed to be one of the 108 most divine Vishnu temples in the world. Guruvayoor has emerged as one of the most important places of wors...

27. Malampuzha

27 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 8 Tourist attractions

Malampuzha in Palakkad district a place with rich lush green vegetation popular for its scenic beauty as well as the dams and exotic wildlife that it offers as tourist attractions.

Best Time: August to April

28 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 29 Tourist attractions

Located on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, Kannur (fondly known as Cannanore), is a beautiful city bundled with a plethora of sightseeing options like beaches, monuments, ancient temples and picnic spots.

29. Kasaragod

29 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 29 Tourist attractions

Kasargod is a small coastal town in Northern Pary of Kerala displaying a delightful blend of various religions, culture and bounty of nature. Blessed with majestic forts, lofty hills, beautiful offbeat backwaters, temples and pristine beaches, the town oozes charm and tranquillity from every aspect....

Best Time: September to January

30. Thenmala

30 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 7 Tourist attractions

Snuggled between the dense woods of Western Ghats, Thenmala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Kollam, Kerala. With winding roads, dotted with rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala boasts of being the first planned ecotourism spot in India. Spread over acres of dense timber trees, the name '...

Best Time: December to February

31. Kottayam

31 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 31 Tourist attractions

An ancient town located on a hilltop bordered by the western ghats on the east and the thrilling Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is a culturally rich and naturally enchanting destination. Apart from nature's bounty, the town has many laurels to its name. It is a proud town to achieve 100% litera...

32. Silent Valley National Park

32 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

The Silent Valley National Park, with its lush green forests and beautiful views of the rich flora and fauna, is a popular destination for nature as well as wildlife lovers all across the globe. Spread across an area of 89 square kilometres, the Silent Valley National Park is located in the Kundali ...

33 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Separating Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this quaint little town is best known for its plantation walks, diverse wildlife, boating and trekking and its Ayurvedic massages.

34. Ponnani

34 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 10 Tourist attractions

A small beach town located in the Malappuram District of Kerala is mainly renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west, Ponnani is also referred to as small 'Mecca' of South India. It is dotted with several Muslim institutions, Jama Masjid, established in 925,&nbs...

35. Pathanamthitta

35 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 16 Tourist attractions

Pathanamthitta, in southern Kerala, is a town immersed in spirituality and mysticism. Blessed with several ancient temples, it is renowned as headquarters of pilgrimage in Kerala as Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district. It is a land of untouched beauty with pristine rivers, lofty mo...

36. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

36 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 2 Tourist attractions

Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of Periyar River, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is famous for its rich and varied birdlife. It is the first Bird Sanctuary in Kerala that was surveyed by Dr Salim Ali (the birdman of India), who also called it the richest habitat he has ever se...

37. Thekkady

37 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 24 Tourist attractions

Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is an important tourist destination in Kerala. Periyar National Park, a major attraction, is where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam. Travelers can also experience night treks in the wilderness of Pe...

38. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

38 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

Known to be the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad, the area is home to a large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve along with Nagarhole and Bandipur area of Karnataka. Promising an endearing view with plenty of experiences, the sanctuary has been de...

Best Time: October to May

39. Malappuram

39 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 21 Tourist attractions

Enclosed by the Nilgiris in the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is a prominent district in Kerala which is commonly known as "the land on the hilltop."

40. Devikulam

40 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 4 Tourist attractions

A lake with a legend of its own, greenest sceneries, waterfalls and tea plantations are what offer its charm to Devikulam, a hill station in Kerala.

41. Tholpetty

41 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Replete with natural forest and wildlife reserves, Tholpetty is a part of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Around 20 kilometres away from Mananthavady, this region is known for its abundant flora and fauna. It is the home to several species of wild animals and birds including leopards, bear, monkeys, ele...

42. Mananthavady

42 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

On the banks of the Mananthavady River or locally known as ‘Pusha’, a tributary of the Kabini River, lies the municipality of Mananthavady, in Wanayad, Kerala. It is one of the three major towns and the second largest in the district. Adorned with lush green hills of the Western Ghats, it has a...

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18 Best Things to Do in Kerala, India

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Kerala , a tropical state located along India's Malabar Coast, is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Its distinctive culture and extremely picturesque setting—which contrasts with the fast-paced modern world—make Kerala an indulgent place to go to relax in a way that's similar to other destinations like Bali and Tahiti. There's no shortage of things to do should you grow bored of your beachside slumber—attend a traditional Kathakali dance performance, cruise the backwaters on a houseboat, or take an afternoon to go tea tasting.

Not sure when to visit Kerala ? This part of India has something to offer all year round, although the weather does need to be taken into account—the climate is a hot, tropical one that receives rainfall from two monsoons.

Get Outdoors at Eravikulam National Park

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Eravikulam National Park is perhaps known best as being as a sacred sanctuary home of the Nilgiri Tahr, pictured above, as well as the Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom here every 12 years. With 97 square kilometers to spread out in, there's plenty of breathing room for visitors looking to go hiking and escape the hustle and bustle of India's cities. Keep in mind the park closes each February and March to allow for the Nilgiri Tahr's calving season, so plan your trip accordingly.

Float Down Kerala's Mighty Rivers on a Raft

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For a uniquely regional experience, head to Wayanad for the chance to float down the Pozhuthana River on a traditionally crafted bamboo raft —the bamboo is grown in the forests nearby and the river is shallow and calm in this part of Kerala. Another good place to try this is along the Periyar River or the Kabini River near Kuruva Island.

For something a little more action-packed, try your hand at whitewater river rafting in other parts of Kerala, namely Kannur, Chalipuzha, Iruvanjhipuzha, and along the Paneli River in Boothathankettu.

Check Out Munnar's Tea Estates and Gardens

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Thanks to Kerala's warm, humid climate, and the amount of rain it gets each year, Munnar has been a major center for commercial tea production since 1875—and you can actually visit some of the plantations where it's still being harvested today. Learn all about the tea-making process at the Tata Tea Museum , located on the Nallathanni Estate, or venture out to tour the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate , which claims to be the highest elevation tea plantation in the world at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level.

Take a Scenic Train Ride Through Kerala

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If you have the chance to do one epic train ride during your trip to India, make it the Ernakulam-Kollam-Trivandrum route through Kerala. It's one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, offering scenic views of the Kerala countryside, and all the coconut trees, paddy fields, lakes, and backwaters that go along with it.

Cruise the Backwaters on a Houseboat

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A trip to Kerala is not complete without experiencing the Kerala backwaters —the lush palm-fringed landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages lining them make a houseboat cruise here seem like a journey to another world. It's a tranquil endeavor, for sure, one that can even be part of a memorable romantic getaway.

For a real treat, book a hotel or homestay along the route to immerse yourself in the culture that surrounds these inland lagoons, lakes, and waterways, and to enjoy a meal with a local family while learning about their life story. Kumbalanghi Village Tours offers group tours to Kumbalanghi, an area surrounded by paddy fields on the outskirts of Kochi. Here, you'll be able to see India's first model fishery and tourism village and engage with the residents, who make their living off of agriculture and fishing.

Relax With an Ayurvedic Treatment or Tea Tasting

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Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing tradition that's over 5,000 years old, combines lifestyle practices with yoga and healthy eating. Many Ayurvedic spas and resorts are located in Kerala due to its warm climate and the abundant supply of medicinal plants. A trip to a healing center can involve a week's stay and detox (called panchakarma ), where the liver is purged and the body becomes renewed. Alternatively, book any one of their offered treatments, like an oil massage or Shirodhara , a relaxing treatment that involves dripping warm oil onto the forehead that's used to treat insomnia, tinnitus, neurological disorders, and psoriasis.

Tea production is also a big business in Kerala, and the state holds some of the top tea plantations in India in Munnar and Wayanad. Stay in typical atmospheric accommodations on a serene tea plantation—you can even book a treehouse—then, check out the surrounding hills with daily hikes topped off with tea tastings. Stop by the Tea Museum at the Kanan Devan Hills Nallathanni Estate in Munnar to get a peek inside the history of tea production in the region.

Enroll in a Cooking Lesson

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Kerala is renowned for its delicious cuisine, featuring regional delicacies like seafood and coconuts. And sure, simply feasting on this Indian fare is delightful, but learning how to cook it is rewarding and gives you a skill you can bring back home. Enroll in a cooking class or even plan your trip around it by booking a two or three-day residency program that involves cooking courses and Ayurvedic treatments. You can also go casual for a more intimate experience and learn how to cook with a local family.

Catch a Kathakali Performance

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Kathakali is a very unusual and ancient form of dance-drama that's traditional to Kerala, and you won't get to see performers dressed up like this every day. The elaborate costumes and subtle dance movements tell a meaningful Hindu mythological story. Performers undergo intense training, including hours of eye exercises, when learning the art of Kathakali. Stop by the Cochin Cultural Center or the Kerala Kathakali Center to see a performance, or arrange a private tour of Kochi that culminates with a Kathakali dance performance.

Catch a Theyyam Ritual in Action

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The small town of Kannur , once an ancient trading port in northern Kerala, boasts secluded beaches, elaborate handloom weaving crafts, and mysteriously masked theyyam  rituals . This practice encompasses dance, music, and mime art to bring to life the rich stories of the state of Kerala. The theyyam art form actually has a season, too, running from November until May. Kerala Tourism provides a comprehensive calendar of theyyam events or you can try taking an overnight guided theyyam tour from Kannur.

Watch the Martial Art Form of Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art form practiced in Kerala—featuring strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry, and even healing methods, its roots can be traced back to 2000 B.C. Attend a 60-minute fighting demonstration that includes the lighting of traditional lamps, a flower offering to a deity, and a brief introduction of the sport. With the incorporation of about 27 different weapons, there's no shortage of excitement. Catch a performance at the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre in Thekkady or book a group tour from Kochi.

Watch a Snake Boat Race

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Every year during the monsoon season, Kerala comes alive with colorful snake boat races , where 140-foot-long canoe-like boats holding 110 rowers each get together to race along the inland waterways. Villages have their own snake boats, each featuring varying sizes and styles. Both the building of the boats and the celebratory event itself are unique parts of a culture that joins the community with the water. Today, snake boat races can be compared to an Olympic event, complete with leagues and scheduled tournaments.

Try Some Toddy

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Toddy, or palm wine, Kerala's Indigenous alcoholic drink, is made from the sap of palm trees, collected from a coconut palm by a tapper who climbs the tree and drains it into a container. When fermented, this sweet nectar, turns slightly tart and has a bit of a kick. Toddy (traditionally called kallu ) is served in small thatched shops, usually with wooden benches, all over Kerala. Inside, you'll find tasty local cuisine dished up alongside the toddy, and, as they say, "the hotter the food, the more you need to drink."

Explore Historic Fort Kochi

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Known as the "Gateway to Kerala," Kochi is an enchanting city with an eclectic influence, and Arabian, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese cultures all have left their mark here. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi draw most of the visitors to the area. Explore Fort Kochi and its Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, and Mattancherry palaces by foot or bicycle, or book a three-hour walking tour of the site. Hotels and homestays that suit all types of budgets can also be found in Kochi.

Discover the Ancient Port City of Muziris

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Multi-cultural Muziris, located about an hour north of Kochi, was historically one of the most important trading ports in Kerala. Businesses thrived here for more than 1,000 years prior to a flood that caused severe damage to the city. The Muzuris area encompasses Kodungallur and Paravoor and is full of old churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. The first mosque in India, Cheraman Juma Masjid, is a fascinating place to visit. Book a tour or wander the streets on your own to experience ancient Indian culture.

Attend a Temple Festival

Kerala temple festivals, which highlight India's most prized animal, the elephant, pay tribute to the presiding local god or goddess. Watch large processions of bejeweled elephants, drummers, musicians, and colorful floats carrying gods and goddesses around the harvest season in March and April. The largest festivals take place in the Thrissur and Palakkad districts in northern and central Kerala, although many small temples throughout the state do offer small-scale festivities if you're not one for noisy crowds.

Chill at the Beach

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The beaches in Kerala are crowd-free and undeveloped, making them more desirable than beaches in other touristy areas of India. Some boast lighthouses and facilities, while others can only be accessed by boat. Varkala beach , a favorite of travelers, has a spectacular cliff setting and is lined in beach shacks and shops. Stay up high on the cliff and take in the view, or if you're looking for action, head to Kovalam beach near the capital city of Trivandrum—do note, however, that this beach is among the busiest in the state.

Spot Wildlife and Enjoy Impressive Waterfalls

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Periyar National Park , one of Kerala's most magnificent attractions, lies on the banks of a large artificial lake. Complete with hilly forests and a plethora of wildlife, it's the most popular national park in southern India. Unlike other national parks in southern India, Periyar stays open during monsoon season and offers a wide range of eco-tourism activities so you can really experience nature—book a stay during this slow time for an unforgettable and budget-worthy trip.

Two amazing Kerala waterfalls are located within a 55-kilometer drive of the Cochin airport: Athirappally and Vazhachal. Athirappally Falls , the bigger of the two, cascades from a height of 80 feet and resembles Niagara Falls during monsoon season. Note that heavy rains can cause travel disruptions during this season, making the best time to visit between September and October. Nearby, you'll find Vazhachal Falls. While the drop on this waterfall is not as spectacular, it's every bit as majestic as Athirappally Falls and a great place for a picnic. While swimming and bathing are prohibited underneath both of the falls, at Athirappally, you can take a careful dip upriver before the falls plunge.

Admire Mural Paintings

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The colorful mural paintings seen on the walls of temples, churches, and palaces in Kerala all date back to the ninth century. The oldest of these murals lies in the rock-cut cave temple of Thirunandikkara (now in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu ), where only sketchy outlines remain.

The largest mural panel in the state, coming in at 49 square meters, is at Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam. Extensive murals depicting scenes from Hindu epics are preserved at Mattancherry Palace in Kochi, while the murals of the Shiva Temple in Ettumanoor provide insight into the earliest forms of Dravidian mural art. Other famous mural paintings can be found at the Padmanabha temple in Trivandrum and Vadakkumnatha temple in Thrissur.

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For many travelers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. This slender coastal strip is defined by its layered landscape: almost 373 miles (600km) of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, dotted with fiercely protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations such as Munnar. Just setting foot on this swathe of soul-soothing, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out amble. Kerala is a world away from the hectic action of the rest of India, its long, fascinating backstory illuminated by historically evocative cities like Kochi (Cochin) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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Wayanad's ethereal 345-sq-km sanctuary is accessible only by two-hour jeep safari (₹680), on which you might spot langurs, chital deer, sambar, peacocks,…

Sightseeing cruise passing dead tree on lake at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in early morning.

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, around 2000 elephants and 35 to 40 tigers wander the lushly green hills of South India’s most popular wildlife reserve,…

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Pardesi Synagogue

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Originally built in 1568, Mattancherry's synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took…

Also known as Dutch Palace, the Mattancherry palace with its medieval charm is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry, 10km from Ernakulam city, Kochi, Kerala, India. (Photo by: MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555…

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Museum of History & Heritage

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Occupying a handsome 120-year-old heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this intelligently presented museum traces Kerala's history and…

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Napier Museum

Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm (a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralite vernacular shows his…

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Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission

The incongruously salmon-pink Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission, 30km northwest of Kollam, is the famous ashram of one of India’s few female gurus,…

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

This reserve on the 5-hectare site of a former rubber plantation on Vembanad Lake is the haunt of a variety of domestic and migratory birds. October to…

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The Complete List of 24 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

by middha on July 16, 2018

Kerala is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations which attracts numerous tourists all year round. Bestowed with a scintillating landscape evident in its verdant hill stations, backwaters, mesmerizing beaches, dense forests and scenic vistas, Kerala is a perfect place to vacation alone or with loved ones. There are a number of tourist places to visit in Kerala that range from coastal cities to hill stations and each one of them offers you something unique and indigenous to enjoy and cherish. If you are planning a trip to visit God’s Own Country, scroll through our list of best tourist places to visit in Kerala and plan your itinerary accordingly!

24 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

1. cruise through the charming backwaters in alleppey.

Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey is the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala which is famous for its mesmerizing locations of the backwater. The place is often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’. Spending time on the houseboat and exploring the mesmerizing sightseeing locations of the place is altogether a different experience.

The lakes, small villages, peaceful surroundings and the relaxing environment, all contribute to making Alleppey one of the greatest tourist attractions.

  • Best time to visit : September to May
  • Attractions : Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Punnamada Lake

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2. Explore the Diverse Wildlife at Thekkady

Thekkady

Thekkady is the perfect place for the people who love to explore the wildlife of the place they visit. The thick forest and the wild vegetation of this place is the home of many wildlife spices. There are also many exotic wildlife spices that cannot be found anywhere else.

You can witness lions, deer, tigers, elephants, sambars, gaurs, etc. in the wildlife sanctuary of Thekkady.

  • Best time to visit : November to May
  • Attractions : Elephant junction, Periyar Lake, Kumily, Mullaperiyar Dam

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3. Swim the Blue Waters of Kovalam Beaches

Kovalam

One of the most popular destinations in Kerala is its beaches which are available at Kovalam. The beaches available here are clean and amazingly beautiful that can capture anybody’s attention. You have a number of interesting things to do in Kovalam like visiting many Ayurvedic centres, massage centres, spa, etc. near the beach.

You can visit the beach to relax from the daily stress and the hectic schedule. You can also try your hand with the various water sports available on the beach.

  • Attractions : Adventurous water sports

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4. Sample Tea and Spices at Munnar

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is the perfect holiday destination for honeymoon couples. One of the popular hill stations available in Kerala, Munnar offers many picturesque locations to the couples. The cool breeze and the mesmerizing beauty of the place enhance the charm of the place to attract the tourists. You can also enjoy a wide variety of tea and chocolates here and purchase freshly grown spices in Munnar.

Apart from the natural allure of the place, there are many accommodation options available there, which are extremely comfortable and stylish.

  • Best time to visit : October to March
  • Attractions : Blossom Park, Attukal Waterfalls

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5. Explore the Natural Beauty at Kumarakom

Kumarakom, Kerala

When it comes to offering numerous sightseeing options, there can be no better option than Kumarakom in Kerala. The place attracts the tourists with its wide collection of historic monuments, backwaters, mangrove forests, amazing architectural delights, etc.

Along with admiring the beauty of the place, you can also indulge in some of the enjoyable activities like boating, fishing, staying on a houseboat, cruising, etc. You will be thoroughly entertained at this place.

  • Attractions : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

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6. Savour the Picturesque Scenery of Wayanad

The Wayanad landscape

Considering the beauty of this place, it can be surely referred to as heaven on the Earth. It is one of the cleanest and finest of places in the country and attracts tourists from all over the country. The lush greenery enhances its charm and allure and makes you fall in love with the place. Wayanad welcomes you with open arms to its rich heritage and incredibly beautiful landscape.

  • Best time to visit : October to May
  • Attractions : Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Hills

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7. Witness the Coastal Paradise at Kasaragod

Kasaragod

It won’t be wrong to say that Kasargod is one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala for nature lovers. Tourists from around the world visit this Kasargod and explore the mesmerizing and amazingly attractive places here. The untouched beauty of this place also justifies the expectations of the people.

You will feel totally relaxed in the pleasing and soothing surroundings of the place.

  • Best time to visit : June to November
  • Attractions : Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple

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8. Revel in the Peaceful Surroundings of Kizhunna Beach

Kizhunna Beach

If you wish to enjoy a solitary and beautiful “sea and me” time on the beach, Kizhunna Beach would make a perfect destination for you. The mesmerizing beauty of the beach is sure to captivate you while the soft breeze sings in your ears. Indeed one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala, Kizhunna Beach is a must-visit for all the beach lovers.

  • Best time to visit : Throughout the year
  • Attractions : Ezhara Beach, Kannur town, Sea View Park, Munambam, Mappila Bay

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9. Visit the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi

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The commercial city that is also blessed with incredible beauty, lush greenery and gorgeous beaches, Kochi is undoubtedly one of the best Kerala tourist places to visit for a relaxed and amazing holiday. Kochi also boasts of numerous temples, a Kathakali centre, palaces, art galleries, pubs and cafes that one can explore to enjoy the traditional and modern vibes this city offers.

Additionally, you can also take a ferry ride to numerous islands scattered across in Kochi, check out the famous Chinese fishing nets, and gorge on the sumptuous Kerala cuisine.

  • Attractions : Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Wonderla Amusement Park

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10. Cherish Some Solitary Moments at Vagamon

Vagamon

Vagamon is one of the most alluring tourist places to visit in Kerala especially if you are planning a solo trip, self-driving. This offbeat hillstation is a perfect choice to spend some lone time enjoying the nature in its beautiful best and soaking in the views and serenity this places offers. The Vagamon Pine Forest is a great place to visit if you love walking through a dense forest with lush greenery.

The fresh air from the surroundings accompanied by some beautiful valleys, gardens, plantations, etc. makes the perfect combination to release the daily stress.

  • Best time to visit : August to May
  • Attractions : Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Lake

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11. Head Out to the Mesmerizing Coastal Town of Kannur

Kannur

This is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Kerala, Kannur is a picturesque coastal town that exudes an aura of the Colonial era and is also famous for the numerous beaches, temples and picnic spots. The town is also well-known for artistic weavers and their weaving which is why it is also known as Lands of Looms and Lords. Along with this, the pristine town also has huge, swaying cashew trees as well.

You can witness temples, beaches, plantations, great architectural buildings, etc. which makes the town look splendid.

  • Attractions : Ezhimala Beach, Tellicherry Fort, Rajarajeshwara Temple, St. Angelo’s Fort

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12. Fall in Love with the Seaside Charm of Varkala

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Kerala undoubtedly is famous for its pristine, blue beaches and Varkala is no different. The stunning views coupled with the splashing waves of the beach fills you with tranquility everytime you visit the beaches in Varkala. You can also indulge in numerous water sports or simply swim in the crystal blue waters of the beaches here. Visiting this beautiful place in the evening just adds charm to your trip as you get to enjoy a scintillating sunset and also some lone time for yourself.

Don’t forget to try the adventure of various water sports like boating, surfing, parasailing, jetting, etc. at this place.

  • Attractions : Water sports, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Varkala Cliff,

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13. Witness the Architectural Grandeur in Kozhikode

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This well-known place in Kerala is popular for its attractive and grandiose architecture resplendent in the various monuments and buildings dotting this city. These buildings and monuments have a rich history and also reflecting the richness of this place in culture and history. One of the best things to note here is the authentic flavours of the Malabar food along with the different spices.

The architectural beauties here have a touch of Dutch and British varieties which makes these buildings, monuments, etc. look ravishing.

  • Attractions : Hilite Mall, Tali Temple, Mananchira Temple, Matri Dei Cathedral

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14. Experience the Untouched Charm of Kuttanad

Kuttanad

Located at the heart of Alapuzha district in Kerala, Kuttanad is a farm land famous for its lush freen paddy fields backwaters. Kuttanad is top must-visit locale if want to get a glimpse of the rural side Kerala. Enjoy the calm and serenity of this place amid beautiful villages, agricultural fields, river, backwaters and a picturesque landscape.

You can get closely related to the beauty of the rural and simple living of the people along with the traditional heritage of Kerala.

  • Attractions : Pampa River, Punnamada Backwaters, Thottapally Spillway Dam

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15. Visit the Scenic Idukki

Idukki

Idukki is another popular destination and also one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala. Although a landlocked place, the dense forest cover in Idukki and the lush greenery is sure to make your heart flutter as you soak in the charm and allure of this place. It is indeed a amazing place to refresh, unwind and rejuvenate yourself from a trip.

Idukki is best for promoting ecotourism as well owing to its thick forest cover, wild life sanctuaries tea factories and more.

  • Best time to visit : June to August
  • Attractions : Kulamavu Dam, Idukki Arch Dam

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16. Enjoy a Ride in the Kavvayi Backwaters

Kavvayi Backwaters

This is the place which is one of the best attractions in Kerala where one can explore the beauty of backwaters. Kavvayi Backwaters is quite popularly known as Kerala’s third-largest backwater and thus is one of the major attractions of South India.

The picturesque landscape is sure to make you fall in love with it while you enjoy boating in the houseboats on the backwaters.

  • Attractions : Snake Forest, Backwaters

17. Experience the Amazing Vistas of Munroe Island

Munroe Island

There is no denying the fact that Munroe Island is one of the most gorgeus and attractive tourist places to visit in Kerala. The confluence of Kallada River and the Ashtamudi Lake has bestowed upon this island incredible vistas and the serenity and calm that you get to enjoy here is inexplicable and mystifying.

Cruise through the serene waters of the Lake Ashtamudi and enjoy the view of the swaying coconut trees and mangrove forests. The place is a must-visit for exploring the rural landscape of Kerala.

  • Attractions : Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kallada River

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18. Cruise Through the Handsome Floating Cottages in Poovar

Poovar

Poovar Backwaters gives you a chance to witness the dense mangrove forests, different species of birds and also get a glimpse of the mighty Arabian Sea when you get on a boat ride here. Apart from that, you can also witness floating cottages and restaurants where you can either book a stay or gorge on some amazing kerala cuisine. If you want to explore the true beauty of nature, Poovr Backwaters should definitely feature in your travel itinerary.

  • Best time to visit : October to February
  • Attractions : Aazhimala Siva Temple

19. Experience the Cultural Heritage of Thrissur

Thrissur

The rich cultural heritage of Kerala is reflected amazingly in the religious and historic city of Thrissur. The annual Thrissur Pooram festival sees lakhs of devotees flocking here and also visiting other intersting places to visit in Thrissur . The temples, museums and other architecturally significant places in Thrissur have a rich history to tell and are indeed a treasure trove that historians and religious people can deep dive.

You can also witness the amazing festive celebrations of Onam and Pooram where you can find the true beautiful colours.

  • Attractions : Vazhachal Waterfall, Vadakkunnathan Temple

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20. Witness the Nature’s Delight at Palakkad

Palakkad

Do you wish to vacation at one perfect place where you can find pleasing weather, awesome surroundings and lush greenery? If so, then visiting Palakkad should definitely feature in your Kerala tourist places to visit! Palakkad let’s you enjoy all this and much more. You can visit the various dams, waterfalls, temples and alos enjoy the authentic Kerala-style food.

The place is known for its untouched, mesmerizing beauty and the is sure to give you a good glimpse of Kerala’s rich culture and tradition.

  • Best time to visit : November to March
  • Attractions : Palakkad Fort, Jain Temple, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

21. Visit the Off-beat Malappuram

Malappuram

A prominent district in Kerala, Malappuram in famous for being connected to the Arabian Sea in the west and Nilgiris in the east. Unlike the many other attractions of Kerala, this off-beat destination is complete package of hertiage and history that can be witnessed in the various ancient monuments present here. It has a very popular Islamic philosophy centre along with a centre of Hindu Vedic learning.

Other than these attractive sights, you can also find some ancient temples, monuments, and mosques.

  • Best time to visit : July to September
  • Attractions : Nilambur Teal Museum, Kottakkunnu

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22. Take a Trip to the Temple Town of Guruvayur

Guruvayur

Home to third-largest Krishna Temple in India, this aesthetic temple town is is a part ofthe Thrissur district and one of the important places to visit in Kerala. Guruvayur also has an elephant sanitarium called the Punnathur Kotta or Palace of Elephants where the elepants are taken care of and brought out during festivals. Although a small town, Guruvayur is visited by thousands of devotees during various festivals like Janmashtami, Guruvayur Ekadashi and others.

You will instantly connect with the positive and relaxing environment of the place. The architecture of the place also reflects the local culture of the state.

  • Attractions : Mammiyoor Temple, Vishnu Temple, Guruvayur Lord Krishna Temple

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23. Escape into the Verdant Ponmudi

Ponmudi

Ponmudi is popularly known as the golden peak amongst the tourists because of the beauty that this place portrays. If you love mountains and find them relaxing, this place would certainly be one of the few places that will totally attract you. The picturesque landscape and the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings are enough to make you fall in love with this place, which makes it one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Kerala.

  • Attractions : Mankayam Waterfall, Meenmutty Falls

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24. Visit the Beach City of Thiruvananthapuram

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Kerala’s capital city, Thriuvananthapuram is well-known for the world-famous Padmanabhswamy Temple, incredible beaches, palaces, museums and authentic Kerala cuisine that one can enjoy here. A perfect blend of art, architecture, culture and heritage, Thriruvananthapuram is one of the best and significant Kerala tourist places to visit to get an insight into the state’s tradition and lifestyle of Keralites.

  • Attractions : Neyyar Dam, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kanakakunnu Palace, beaches

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These are some of the best and popular tourist places to visit in Kerala that shouldn’t be missed when in Kerala. All of them promise a great respite and provide a glimpse of Kerala’s rich ecosystem, lush greenery, history, culture and traditions. Plan a trip with friends or family to the “God’s Own Country” and get captivated by its immense allure and charm.

Don’t forget to share your experience of visiting Kerala and different places in Kerala in the comments below! And in case we’ve missed out on ay of the awesome places to visit in Kerala, feel free to comment below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 what is kerala famous for.

Kerala is famous for its rich ecosystem and the ecotourism drive, varied landscape which includes verdant hill stations, magnificent beaches, biodiversity, beautiful backwaters and incredible architecture. It is also well-known for its delicious seafood and other local dishes.

Q2 How many days are sufficient for a trip to Kerala?

One can plan a trip to Kerala for 6 nights and 7 days or even 9 nights and 10 days depending on the number of places to visit in Kerala and things to do in Kerala. If you plan a longer duration, you can visit numerous hill stations such as Ponmudi, Vagamon, Munnar, and even check out a number of off-beat places like Idukki, Kuttanad, Poovar, Kozhikode and more.

Q 3 What is the best month to visit Kerala

Kerala being a tropical city witnesses very hot and humid summers and it is best to avoid visiting Kerala during summers. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March when it relatively has a moderate climate.

Q4 What are some of the best things to shop for in Kerala?

One can shop for the traditional off-white sarees and mundu , Banana chips, spices and tea in Munnar, aroma oils and ayurvedic oils, jackfruit products, pure coconut oil, gold and jewellery.

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Kerala was selected as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023 by the New York Times.

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The report described Kerala as a southern Indian State known for its beaches, backwater lagoons, cuisine and rich cultural traditions.

It also mentioned about the responsible tourism destinations in the State, including Kumarakom and Maravanthuruthu.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took it to twitter and said it was recognition of the approach towards community tourism.

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“The @nytimes has selected Kerala as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023. Our exemplary approach to community tourism that allows travellers to relish Kerala’s rich culture and breathtaking landscapes have been lauded. Yet another exciting achievement for @KeralaTourism,” Vijayan tweeted.

The @nytimes has selected Kerala as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023. Our exemplary approach to community tourism that allows travellers to relish Kerala’s rich culture and breathtaking landscapes has been lauded. Yet another exciting achievement for @KeralaTourism ! pic.twitter.com/slnAPNRnyt — Pinarayi Vijayan (@pinarayivijayan) January 13, 2023

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“The government considers sustainable tourism development meaningful if only it leads to the development of local communities. The global honour will give a fillip to the arrival of foreign tourists to the State,” Riyas said in a statement.

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Hey there! So, you’re planning a visit to Kerala for your holidays? Well, that’s a fantastic decision. Kerala’s wonders have been captivating tourists for a decade, and one can never resist the allure of lush tea fields, emerald backwaters, awe-inspiring hill stations, exotic wildlife, thrilling adventure activities, and delicious food, among other things. We could go on and on about this beautiful place; the list never seems to end. Kerala appeals to everyone, whether you’re here for a honeymoon, family vacation, adventure trip, or a relaxing spa getaway. The series of enchanting experiences will nourish your soul and mind, making it one of India’s most visited tourist destinations.

Kerala holds a special place on the international tourism map. Its rich arts and cultural history, breathtaking destinations, lush forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, and Ayurvedic science therapies attract not only national travelers but also a large number of international visitors keen on exploring Kerala’s tourism. With Kerala being one of Southern India’s most frequented destinations, it now boasts the largest number of five-star properties in India, offering world-class hospitality services to its guests. With numerous national and international tourism awards, Kerala is a must-explore haven for all types of travelers.

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Let’s dive deep into the beauty of pristine backwaters, mesmerizing nature, Golden beaches and serene mountain ranges – Top Tourist Places & Attractions of Kerala-

1. Munnar – Kashmir of South India

Munnar Kerala

Every mountain lover’s dream, honeymoon couple’s dream destination, Nature lover’s solace spot – Munnar is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations to visit in Kerala. The landscapes of Munnar are something else. Have you ever seen a real fairytale destination in India? You must have seen many beautiful destinations in your life but go, see Munnar. Munnar’s incredible charm, lush greenery will seduce your eyes. You will see the most beautiful rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, enchanting carpets of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years, and the beautiful peak of Anamudi. Combination of beautiful valleys and lush green mountains, enchanting national parks and wildlife Sanctuaries, Munnar will always stay in your heart even after you have left its shore.

Best Places to See and Things to Do in Munnar

  • Eravikulam National Park – Go wild and enjoy the exotic Wildlife of Munnar
  • Munnar Tea Museum is one of the best places to enrich your senses with delightful aromas. Munnar is very famous for different varieties of Tea.
  • Shop at the local markets of Munnar. Tea, strawberries and spices are the best products of Munnar.
  • Devikulam – A must visit hill station destination in Kerala. Enjoy Trout fishing and stunning natural vistas.
  • Camping is the best thing to do if you are in Munnar. Visit Top Station. Camping amidst the forests, plantations and valleys with your loved ones will make your Munnar Holidays memorable. It is one of the best things to do for couples in Munnar.
  • Get ready for the most thrilling trekking adventure at Blossom Park. The dark dense forests look so stunning yet scary sometimes.
  • Living in hotels and resorts is common but if you want a unique stay experience then stay at the tree houses in Munnar.
  • The best place for all the adventure and sightseeing fun in Munnar is Echo Point. For nature lovers the views are awesome. Tourists can enjoy boating, trekking and birdwatching. You will also behold beautiful Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years.
  • Enjoy Mountain biking, cycling and trekking in western Ghats. The gorgeous views of the countryside of Kerala, dense forests and plantations will blow your heart away.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Munnar

  • Tea Country
  • Abad Copper
  • Hotel Royal Retreat
  • Hotel Lonely Planet
  • Hotel Autumn Trees
  • Lakeview Resort

2. Vagamon- Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Vagamon Kerala

Vagamon, also known as Wagamon lies on the border between Kottayam and Idukki. It is one of the top five tourist destinations of Kerala, perfect for family vacation and honeymoon holidays. It also comes in the list of 50 attractive places of world according to National Geographic. The aura of Vagamon is awe-inspiring. Misty, dreamy, full of lush green tea plantations and rolling green hills, the ambiance of Vagamon will delight your eyes and mind. Away from all the worldly chaos, the serenity and solitude bliss of green forests, waterfalls, flower carpets and hills will never make your day dull here.

If you are in Vagamon then don’t miss Thangal Para. This visually captivating place is also a serene and spiritual hub dedicated to Lord Muruganmala – Lord Muruga. Tourists visit Vagamon in the summer season to beat the heat of plains and enjoy the greenery.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Vagamon, Kerala

  • Pine Forest walk of Vagamon will be the best nature walk tours for you. The beauty and solitude of nature will surely soothe your tired spirit and rejuvenate your senses.
  • Visit Vagamon Lake, it is one of the best places for couples and families. The rolling green hills and lush tea estates makes this place more photogenic. Try Boating and Rowing.
  • Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary- Feel the silence of nature and explore the wilderness. You will see wild elephants and majestic tigers here. The rugged mountains are surrounded by a scenic lake in which you can enjoy boating. It’s couples favorite spot to spend some romantic moments.
  • Marmala Waterfall- Enchantress of the Jungle. It’s a perfect place to seek solace and enjoy trekking.
  • Thangal Para- This place has a great spiritual significance for islamic devotees. It is said that Sheikh Farduddin, an Afghan saint took his last breath at this spot. Devotees come to see the tomb of the Sufi Saint and seek divine blessings.
  • Mundakayam – An enchanting Hill Station. Paragliding is one of the top things to do here.
  • Embrace the solace and absorb the refreshing vibes coming from the greenery in Vagamon Meadows.
  • Murugan Mala- Get the divine blessings of Lord Muruga.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Vagamon

  • Falcon Crest Resort
  • Holiday Vagamon
  • Vagamon Heights
  • Chillax Vagamon
  • Saj Vagamon Hideout
  • Angel’s Vagamon
  • Lavender Vagamon

3. Wayanad – Fascinating Greenland

Wayanad Kerala

Delight your eyes with the lush green coffee, cardamom, tea plantations as Wayanad is very popular for its stunning nature walk tours. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations of Kerala. Holding hands of your beloved amidst the lush greenery will make your romantic moments one of a kind. Every corner of Wayanad is photogenic. Your camera lens will be filled with great memories.

Located at the southernmost tip of deccan plateau, the soul seducing green forests of Wayanad also comes in the list of 20 reserves in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. To enjoy with family, you will find many stunning picnic spots. Adventure lovers will find Wayanad amazing as there are plenty of adventure activities to try such as trekking, mountain biking, camping, zorbing, speed boating, wildlife safaris and ziplining etc. Indeed, your holidays in Wayanad will be memorable for a lifetime.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Wayanad

  • Alluring Banasura Sagar Dam – Second Largest Dam in Asia. Delightful vistas of Banasura Hills will blow your heart away.
  • Chembra Peak – Highest Peak in Wayanad. You will be able to see entire landscapes of Wayanad. Trekking to the dense forests adds more thrill to your trip.
  • Explore the exotic flora and fauna of Kuruva Island. The rare species of birds and flora, scenic bamboo bridges and pristine nature – its a beautiful nature paradise of Wayanad.
  • Greenery all around, Pookode Lake is a perfect place to seek solace and click amazing pictures. It is surrounded by forests and western Ghats. Enjoy boating to explore and embrace the greenery of the forest.
  • Edakkal Caves – Time to explore stone age carvings of Neolithic and Mesolithic age.
  • If you are in Wayanad then exploring the green zones, waterfalls, forests and river streams is a must. Wayanad is rich in greenery. The lush tea estates, camping amidst the forests, bamboo rafting and boating in Kuruva Island will make your holidays in Wayanad memorable.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Wayanad Kerala

  • After the Rains, Meppadi
  • Wayanad Wild, Lakkidi
  • Wayanad Silver woods, Kalpetta
  • Vythiri Village, Vythiri
  • Lakerose Wayanad, Kalpetta
  • Wayanad Village Resort, Thondernad

4. Kovalam – Paradise of Golden Beaches

Kovalam Beach Kerala

What is best then spending your entire day in the golden beaches of Kovalam? Kovalam is very popular for its stunning beaches. It comes in the top 10 tourist destinations of Kerala. The beaches of Kovalam will fine-tune your spirit. Do you know? Kovalam Beach is an internationally renowned beach and is one of the best tourist spots for beach and adventure lovers. Sea Bathing is quite popular there. There are many shopping spots, Ayurvedic resorts, convention facilities where you can feel the bliss of peace and fun. Don’t miss the South Indian and continental delicacies, it’s worth a try when you are in Kovalam.

One of the best things about Kovalam is that you will be able to find the best budget cottages and hotels for a comfortable stay. Some are so beautiful in terms of views. You will wake to the sound of the breeze and the beauty of the seaside will blow your heart away.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kovalam

  • Catamaran Rides in Hawah Beach – Place for thrilling activities
  • Baked delicacies of German Bakery are a must not miss.
  • Kovalam offers amazing opportunities to enjoy adventurous water sports such as Sculling, swimming, surfing and paddling etc.
  • Relax your soul in Ayurvedic Massage centers.
  • Kovalam is very popular for oil scented sarees, coconut and coir products. The markets near lighthouse beach are awesome.
  • Backwater Cruise in Ashtamudi Lake- One of the top things to do in Kovalam
  • Sunset point at Edakallu and the beauty of serene beaches are awesome spots for romantic souls.
  • Explore spiritual hubs such as Shri Padmanabhswamy Temple and Parashurama Temple. Also explore Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. It was built in the 18th century. The sculptures of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati in this temple remained unfinished. It is under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kovalam

  • The leela Kovalam
  • Green Cove Resort by Taj Vivanta
  • Turtle on the Beach
  • Hotel Samudra
  • Travancore Heritage Beach Resorts
  • Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

5. Periyar – Land of the Wild

Periyar National Park Kerala

Where can you see the most beautiful spice gardens of Kerala? It’s none other than Periyar. It’s a beautiful spice village of Kerala and a captivating eco-tourist destination. Decked with enchanting cottages, and nature’s beauty all around, the tranquil vibes give so much joy to the soul and mind. You will not feel tired anymore.

If you are a wildlife and nature lover then Periyar would be a great place for you. It is very popular for its amazing Tiger Reserve. It is spread across an area of 777 sq. km which is the largest protected area with a wealth of amazing floral and faunal species.

One interesting fact is that this place got its name from the serene Periyar river whose origin is deep inside the forest. The rustic and refreshing setting of this incredible spot will surely give you the memories you are looking for. Indeed, Periyar’s beauty proves that it is the best destination to visit in Kerala for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Periyar

  • Romantic Boat Safari at Thekkady Lake will be the best thing to do if you are here for your honeymoon.
  • An off-road Jungle Jeep safari at Gavi will enrich your thrilling ventures.
  • Explore the exotic wildlife and flora of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is one of the best places to explore in Periyar. Enjoy a thrilling Wildlife Safari.
  • Some of the most fun filled and thrilling adventure activities to do in Periyar are Bamboo Rafting, Tree House stay and Jungle Camping. Periyar Tiger trail and elephant rides will add some more thrill and excitement to remember for a lifetime.
  • The picturesque Hill station destination of Periyar can be best explored by Trekking.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Periyar

  • Cardamom Country
  • Shalimar Spice Garden, Periyar
  • Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady
  • Spice Grove Hotels and Resorts, Periyar
  • Greenwoods Resort, Periyar
  • Spice Village- Nature Habitat, Periyar

6. Varkala- Serenity Redefined

Varkala Kerala

Quiet, serene and delightful, Varkala in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram is a charm you would love to see again and again. Varkala is one of the must not miss tourist destinations of Kerala. It is very popular for spiritual pursuits. One of the must visit charm of Varkala is a 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple which stands on a beautiful cliff looking at the most stunning Varkala Beach.

You will find delicious sea food in the shacks, beautiful lakes, hills, lighthouses, Ayurvedic spas and springs which will definitely make your day here. One interesting fact about Varkala Beach which is the landmark destination of Varkala is that it is also known as Papanasam Beach and it’s very famous for a natural spring. It is said that bathing in it will remove your bad karmas.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Varkala

  • Serene, spiritual and bliss inducing a visit to Varkala beach is a must. Its waters have healing powers that’s what the locals believe.
  • Get the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu at Janardhana Swamy Temple. The temple is 2000 years old.
  • Fairytale setting, serene backwaters of Varkala- A Visit to St Sebastian’s Pilgrim Church is a visual treat.
  • Sivagiri Mutt is a popular religious place in Varkala. It is a pilgrimage center which has the samadhi of Shri Narayan Guru. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek blessings from the Guru.
  • Serenity of Edava Beach will captivate your senses.
  • Visit Anjengo Fort, it’s a popular historical place located in Varkala. The backwaters near this fort and enchanting coconut groves on the shoreline makes this place a visual spectacle.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Varkala

  • Zostel Varkala
  • Quality Inn
  • Varkala Cliff Villa
  • Short Giraffe Hostels
  • Kiaora Hometel

7. Kochi – Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi - Chinese Fishing Nets

Kochi is another best tourist place you can’t miss in Kerala. In fact, consider it as the soul of Kerala. A hotbed of art, food and culture, heritage and colorful festivals – Kochi will give you a plethora of delightful experiences to cherish for a long time. From emerald backwaters, to stunning heritage and cultural sites, green fields, museums, churches, art galleries, folk theaters and lakes- Kochi is a best place to enjoy traditional Kerala culture and relaxing beach holidays and heritage tours. If you love metropolitan city tours then surely Kochi will never disappoint you as it shows you the cultural nerve of Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kochi

  • Explore the rich legacy of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi at Mattancherry Palace.
  • Chinese Fishing Nets- Most scenic spectacle of Kochi
  • Fun with Majestic Elephants- play with baby elephants at Ernakulam’s Elephant Training Center.
  • St Francis Church is one of the oldest churches of India established by the Portuguese in 1503. Its beauty will captivate your senses.
  • Enjoy shopping at Princess Street. It is also known as Loafer’s Corner. There are many cafes, book stores, and shops which will make your day delightful.
  • You must visit the most stunning beach of Kochi- Marine Drive.
  • Know about the rich history and cultural heritage of Kerala at fort Kochi

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kochi

  • Taj Malabar Resort and Spa
  • Kochi Marriott Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Trident Hotel
  • Holiday inn
  • Hotel Abad Chullickal

8. Kumarakom – The Gateway to the Backwaters

Kumarakom Kerala

Don’t miss the village on the soothing banks of the mighty Vembanad lake – Kumarakom. You will be mesmerized to see the setting of this place. Mangrove forests, coconut palms, cool weather makes Kumarakom scenic so rich that you will not be able to stop yourself from clicking pictures. It’s a treasure trove for nature and bird watchers. Kumarakom is very popular for its amazing Bird Sanctuary which is spread across 14 acres. You will see stunning migratory birds such as Siberian Stork, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, Flycatchers and owls etc. Roaming through the narrow canals and mangrove forests in a houseboat is another delight which you will never forget. It is an enchanting backwater destination which is also perfect for the best family holidays in Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kumarakom

  • Watch the delightful migratory birds and greenery at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Boating would be the best thing to do in the serene lake of Kumarakom. It is also famous for its backwater tourism. Enjoy a houseboat cruise. It is the perfect thing to do if you are on honeymoon vacation in Kerala.
  • Beauty of Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall will mesmerize your soul.
  • Ayurvedic Spa- Relax your mind and body.
  • Local street walk in Kumarakom will be a visual spectacle.
  • Alluring sunset views and fishing in Vembanad Lake will be the most delightful tourist activity to do in Kumarakom.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kumarakom

  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Zuri Resort Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resort and Spa Kumarakom
  • Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom
  • Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom
  • Lake Song Kumarakom

9. Thekkady – Poetry of Nature

Thekkady Kerala

Kerala’s green carpet and an enchanting tourist spot, Thekkady will seduce your senses with its wildlife and adventure activities. It is an amazing tourist destination of South India popular for Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of India’s largest Tiger Reserves. It’s not less than a heaven for a nature lover. Tea, coffee, cardamom plantations, hill slopes, and tropical forests will greet you as you step in the blissful world of Thekkady. You will see a variety of animals such as wild elephants, wild boars, bison, tigers, deers and sloth bears etc. Apart from that it’s a great place to absorb spiritual bliss in serene temples and spend a fun filled day around picturesque waterfalls and cascades. If you are looking for a wonderful honeymoon destination in Kerala, Thekkady’s charm will enrich your honeymoon experience.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Thekkady

  • Enjoy Boating and explore the rich greenery of Periyar forests in Periyar lake.
  • Get the divine blessings at Mangala Devi Temple. Also enjoy the beautiful ambiance.
  • Gavi is a beautiful eco-tourism destination which you must visit if you are in Thekkady.
  • Bamboo Rafting and Hiking in the forests of Periyar are the best thrilling activities to do in Thekkady.
  • Enjoy the exotic wildlife of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Explore the beautiful rural side of Kerala in Bullock Carts.
  • Visit the valley of Pandikuzhi and get lost in its fairytale-like setting. Streams, waterfalls, rich floral and faunal species and lush greenery will mesmerize you.
  • Thekkady is very popular for its spice plantations and tea factories. Make sure you explore some of them. It is the best place to enjoy the magic of the monsoon in Kerala. The greenery will seduce you forever.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Thekkady

  • Kofiland Resort
  • Aranya Nivas
  • Woods N Spice
  • Spice Village
  • Greenwoods Resort, Thekkady

10. Kozhikode – City of Enchanting Greenery

Kozhikode Beach Kerala

Serene Solitude of the lush green countryside, thrill of the adventure in pristine beaches, captivating wilderness of the exotic wildlife sanctuaries, breathtaking river and hillsides makes Kozhikode one of the top family tourist destinations of Kerala. Holidaying with family and loved ones here will never disappoint you as it has so much to offer for sightseeing.

It is said that the famous explorer Vasco De Gama set his foot in India in Kozhikode. This place has a rich historical legacy which you will see through its tourist attractions as they still carry the vibe of Dutch, French and British invaders. A day in Kozhikode means lots of fun and adventure. Ancient ports, crafts village, backwaters of Elathur, Canali canal and Kallai river and thrilling water sports makes Kozhikode one of the best tourist places in Kerala for family holidays.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kozhikode

  • Beautiful sunset, soothing sea breeze, alluring vistas of golden beaches and thrilling water sports – Make your day awesome at Kozhikode Beach.
  • Interested in History? Explore the 15,000-year-old shipping Yard at Beypore. It’s quite interesting.
  • Learn some skills from the village people of Iringa Craft Village. They show their traditional art and craft to the tourists. It’s one of the best things to see in Kozhikode.
  • Enjoy a Houseboat cruise at the backwaters of Kozhikode.
  • Kakkayam Dam is a wonderful picnic spot to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Enjoy boat rides and hiking.
  • If you love birdwatching then visit Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. This place is also very popular for deep water crocodiles. It’s quite fascinating to see them.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kozhikode

  • Renai Kappad Beach Resort
  • Le Candles Resort Kozhikode
  • The Raviz Calicut
  • The Gateway Hotel
  • Westway Hotel
  • The Beach Hotel

11. Trivandrum – Kerala’s Soul

Trivandrum - Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Rest from the best here comes Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala is no doubt a landmark destination of Kerala. It will show you the real soul of Kerala. The rich culture and heritage of Kerala comes alive when you visit the temples and amazing museums of Trivandrum. Long shoreline, pristine beaches, breathtaking backwaters, south Indian delicacies, shopping spots, museums, historical monuments, dance and art performances, festivities and serene temples – Trivandrum has everything for a traveler. Whether you are on a family vacation, backpacker, solo traveler, honeymoon couples, Trivandrum will take the fun of your Kerala Tour to another level. You will learn a lot about Kerala’s culture in Trivandrum.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Trivandrum

  • Away from the chaos of the world, explore the calm world of Samudra Beach. Cool sea breeze and scenic vistas will rejuvenate your mind.
  • Learn about the rich cultural heritage and history of Kerala by exploring Museums. Some of the most popular museums are Napier Museum, SMSM Institute and the Natural History Museum.
  • If you are in Trivandrum then you must visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Rich in architecture, it’s truly a visual spectacle.
  • Skydiving and Paragliding are the most popular adventure activities to do in Trivandrum. You must try it once.
  • Rejuvenate your spirit in Ayushmanbhava Ayurvedic Center.
  • Explore the rich heritage of Travancore Dynasty at Kanakakunnu Palace.
  • Indian Coffee House in Trivandrum is one of the best spots to enjoy the best filter coffee of Kerala.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Trivandrum

  • Agastya Ayurveda Garden
  • Chakra Ayurvedic Resort
  • Bio Veda Hill Resort
  • Poovar Estuary Island Resort
  • Lake Palace Hotel

12. Athirapally – Nature’s Best Canvas & Magical Waterfall

Athirapally Waterfall Kerala

Athirapally, one of the top tourist places in Kerala, is a breathtaking spectacle for nature enthusiasts. Known for its mesmerizing waterfalls and lush landscapes, it’s a must-visit on any Kerala sightseeing tour. The majestic Athirapally Falls, plummeting from a height amidst dense forests, offers a surreal experience. The surrounding Vazhachal Forest Gardens provide a picturesque backdrop for those seeking tranquility. The region’s rich biodiversity and eco-tourism initiatives add to its charm. Adventure seekers and photographers find their haven here. Athirapally encapsulates the essence of Kerala’s natural beauty, making it an unforgettable stop for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Athirapally, Kerala

  • Athirapally Waterfalls: Witness the majestic cascade of Athirapally Falls, one of India’s most impressive waterfalls.
  • Vazhachal Forest Gardens: Explore the lush Vazhachal Forest Gardens, a haven for nature lovers with diverse flora and fauna.
  • Charpa Falls: Discover Charpa Falls, a hidden gem known for its serene atmosphere and pristine surroundings.
  • Thumboormuzhi Dam: Visit Thumboormuzhi Dam to witness the Chalakudy River’s scenic beauty and enjoy boating.
  • Nature Walks: Take rejuvenating nature walks through the surrounding forests, embracing the tranquility and rich biodiversity.
  • Sholayar Dam: Enjoy panoramic views of the Sholayar Dam, surrounded by the Western Ghats, and relish the picturesque landscapes.
  • Photography: Capture breathtaking shots of the waterfalls, lush greenery, and wildlife, making Athirapally a paradise for photographers.
  • Kauthuka Park: Explore Kauthuka Park, a unique garden that showcases miniature versions of traditional Kerala homes and farms.
  • Wildlife Watching: Embark on wildlife watching expeditions in the nearby forests, with chances to spot various species of birds and animals.
  • Bamboo Rafting: Experience the thrill of bamboo rafting on the Chalakudy River, a memorable way to explore the region’s beauty.

How to Reach God’s Own Country – Kerala?

Kerala Backwater

By Air – Kerala by air is the most convenient way of travel. Kerala has three international airports – Kochi International Airport, Calicut International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and they are well connected to all the major states of India and important national attractions of Kerala.

By Train – Train is also a very good option to travel to Kerala. There are more than 200 railway stations in Kerala and all are well connected to the major states in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Amritsar, Dehradun and Bengaluru etc. Kasaragod, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Kollam etc. are some of the major railway lines in Kerala.

By Road- Traveling to Kerala by road is a very fascinating experience. It is for the wanderers who love to explore, adventure and click a lot of pictures. NH – 17, 49 and 47 connect to Kerala. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation is very well connected to all the small and big destinations of Kerala. There is no shortage of bus, auto and cab services in Kerala.

By Sea – For most of us traveling to Kerala by sea is a very unique travel mode but it’s worth it. You can travel to Kerala by sea through the islands of Lakshadweep via Arabian Sea.

Weather & Climate of Kerala

Kerala Weather

Every season in Kerala has its own unique quality So, Kerala is beautiful and a lovely option to travel throughout the year. However, there are different types of travelers who are looking for specific things to enjoy in a particular destination.

Let’s see what Kerala has to offer in each season.

Summer Season in Kerala – (March to May)

Summer offers a wonderful travel experience of Kerala if you are traveling to the hill Stations. In coastal areas and plains, the temperature remains humid all day. The temperature ranges up to 35 °C. To enjoy an amazing summer vacation in Kerala, it is best to visit the delightful Hill Stations. The cool climate, greenery, and adventure activities will make your trip awesome. Munnar, Ponmudi, Kottapara, Vagamon, Wayanad, Gavi, Idukki, Munnar are some of the best Hill Stations to visit in Kerala in Summer.

Summer is also a time to enjoy colorful festivals of Kerala such as Vishu, Ambalapuzha Arattu, Kerala Boat Festival and Thrissur pooram etc.

Monsoon Season in Kerala – (July- August, October and November)

Kerala, the God’s own country, looks most beautiful during the monsoon. The green looks greener and the refreshing vibes will take away all your tiredness. Kerala enjoys monsoon two times. One, Southwest Monsoon which is the main rainy season of Kerala. It starts at the end of June. Second, the Northeast Monsoon which starts in October. It is a great time to enjoy the rain and nature’s beauty. The best thing to do during the monsoon here is Ayurvedic therapies. It will definitely fine tune your spirit. Varkala, Wayanad, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Kozhikode are the best destinations in Kerala for magical monsoon experience.

Winter Season in Kerala (December to February)

Winter in Kerala starts from Mid-November and remains till February. The temperature ranges up to 18°C. It is the best time for sightseeing and enjoying adventure activities. You can visit Hill Stations, beaches, cities, wildlife safaris, Ayurvedic spas, and enjoy backwater tourism etc. for a perfect winter vacation in Kerala.

Best Time to Plan Your Trip to Kerala

Best Time to Visit Kerala

Kerala is blissful throughout the year. You can plan your trip anytime. But if we talk about sightseeing, adventures activities and overall festivities then You must consider the Winter season to plan your trip to Kerala. There will be no humidity, less rainfalls and the weather of Hill Stations is awesome. It is the best time to enjoy trekking, wildlife Safaris, hill Station holidays, backwater tourism, boat races, festivities like Garudan Thookkam Festival, Christmas, New Year celebrations, Kochi Carnival, Temple festivals such as Jagannath Festival, Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Festival, Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam and Malabar Mahotsavam etc.

Now you know about the most scenic places to visit in Kerala. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be ready for one of the best Kerala holiday trips of your life.

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Remarkable Places to Visit in Kerala

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Welcome to God’s Own Country, Kerala, a mesmerizing land of diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable experiences. With its lush green hills, pristine beaches, tranquil backwaters, and vibrant festivals, Kerala offers a unique and fascinating journey for every traveler. Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon, a rejuvenating getaway, or a fun-filled family vacation, explore our comprehensive guide to the top 47 places to visit in Kerala. Embrace the essence of this enchanting paradise as you discover its hidden gems and popular attractions.

Munnar

A breathtaking hill station in Kerala, Munnar is an idyllic retreat nestled amid the rolling hills of the Western Ghats. With its vast expanses of tea plantations, winding roads, and picturesque valleys, Munnar is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples and nature lovers alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the verdant Eravikulam National Park, where you can spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Mattupetty Dam is also one of the best places to visit in Munnar.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to May
  • Average Budget: ₹3000-₹6000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 110 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 110 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, wildlife

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2. Alleppey

Alleppey

Fondly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is renowned for its enchanting backwaters and lush paddy fields. Experience the magic of a houseboat cruise, as you glide through the serene waters, surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of Kerala’s landscape. This is one of the top five places to visit in Kerala with family for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹7500 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 83 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alleppey Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, houseboats, beaches

3. Thekkady

Thekkady

Home to the famous Periyar National Park, Thekkady is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Explore the park’s diverse flora and fauna on a boat safari or a guided trek, and witness the majestic Indian elephants, tigers, and other exotic species in their natural habitat. Thekkady is one of the places to visit in Kerala for 3 days.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport (IXM), 136 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 107 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, national park, spice plantations

Wayanad

With its lush forests, picturesque waterfalls, and prehistoric caves, Wayanad offers a perfect blend of nature, history, and adventure. Wayanad is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in May. Trek to the mesmerizing Chembra Peak, explore the ancient Edakkal Caves and unwind at the soothing Soochipara Waterfalls.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to May
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 65 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 110 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, waterfalls, caves

Kochi

A melting pot of cultures, Kochi boasts a rich history and an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Visit the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, the historic Fort Kochi, and the stunning Mattancherry Palace. This bustling city is one of the top places to visit in Kerala, offering a glimpse into the state’s colonial past and vibrant contemporary culture.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Average Budget: ₹3000-₹7000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 30 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Historical sites, colonial architecture, cultural experiences
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kochi

6. Kumarakom

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Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a tranquil backwater destination, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a luxurious stay at a resort, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, and visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to spot various migratory birds. Kumarakom is truly one of the most unique places to visit in Kerala. 

  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹8000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 85 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 16 km
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, bird sanctuary, Ayurveda

Kovalam

Renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Kovalam is a popular beach destination in Kerala. Soak up the sun at the crescent-shaped Lighthouse Beach or unwind at the more secluded Samudra Beach. This is an ideal destination for families and couples alike.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 15 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 16 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, lighthouse, water sports
  • Accommodation: Hotels near Kovalam

Varkala

Another beautiful coastal gem, Varkala offers stunning cliffs, golden sands, and a serene atmosphere. Relax on Papanasam Beach, experience the healing properties of the mineral springs, or explore the ancient Janardana Swami Temple. Varkala is highly regarded as one of the most famous places in Kerala to visit.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 45 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varkala Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, cliffs, temples

9. Athirapally

Athirapally

Athirapally

Home to the magnificent Athirapally Waterfalls, this destination is a true paradise for nature lovers. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of the water cascading down from a height of 80 feet, and explore the lush forests surrounding the falls.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to January
  • Average Budget: ₹2500-₹5000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 40 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Chalakudy Railway Station, 30 km
  • Best Known For: Waterfalls, forests, scenic beauty

10. Thrissur

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Often referred to as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is known for its vibrant festivals, traditional art forms, and stunning architecture. Visit the sacred Vadakkunnathan Temple, witness the grand spectacle of Thrissur Pooram, and explore the Kerala Kalamandalam to experience the state’s rich cultural heritage. Thrissur is one of the top 10 places to visit in Kerala.

  • Average Budget: ₹2500-₹5500 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 50 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, festivals, culture

A hidden gem in Kerala, Bekal is known for its beautiful beaches and historic Bekal Fort, which offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea. This tranquil destination is perfect for a relaxing beach getaway, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport (IXE), 72 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Bekal Fort Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, Bekal Fort, serene atmosphere

Idukki

A picturesque hill station in Kerala, Idukki boasts lush green valleys, misty hills, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Visit the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, trek through the verdant forests, or marvel at the engineering marvel of the Idukki Arch Dam. Idukki is one of the amazing places to visit in Kerala in January.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 98 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 114 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, wildlife, dam

Malanda Duryodhana Temple, Kollam, Kerala

Malanda Duryodhana Temple, Kollam, Kerala

A historic port town, Kollam offers a diverse array of attractions, including serene beaches, picturesque backwaters, and ancient temples. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Ashtamudi Lake or explore the majestic Thangassery Lighthouse for panoramic views of the surroundings. Kollam is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in January.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 66 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, backwaters, lighthouse

14. Thiruvananthapuram

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is a vibrant blend of history, culture, and modernity. Visit the majestic Padmanabhaswamy Temple, explore the historic Kuthiramalika Palace, or unwind at the scenic Kovalam and Varkala beaches nearby.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, palaces, beaches
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram

15. Ponmudi

Ponmudi

 A charming hill station in Kerala, Ponmudi offers a refreshing retreat amidst lush green tea plantations and mist-covered peaks. Enjoy scenic treks, visit the enchanting Golden Valley, or simply relax and unwind amidst the pristine beauty of nature.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to March
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 61 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 55 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, scenic beauty

16. Nelliyampathy

This lesser-known hill station in Kerala offers an idyllic escape from the crowds, with its picturesque landscape of misty mountains, dense forests, and sprawling tea and coffee plantations. Explore the stunning Seetharkundu viewpoint, trek through the lush forests, or simply soak in the tranquility of this unspoiled paradise.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to February
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 112 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 56 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea and coffee plantations, scenic beauty

17. Guruvayur

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A significant pilgrimage center in Kerala, Guruvayur is home to the revered Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, attracting thousands of devotees every year. The town also boasts the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, where you can witness these gentle giants up close.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 87 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, elephant sanctuary, spiritual experiences

18. Kozhikode

Kozhikode

Also known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a vibrant city with a rich cultural and culinary heritage. Kozhikode can turn out to be one of the best places to visit in Kerala in June. Explore the historic Kappad Beach, visit the ancient Thali Temple, and don’t miss the opportunity to savor the delectable local cuisine, including the famous Kozhikode biryani.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 28 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, temples, cuisine

19. Malampuzha

Malampuzha

Nestled in the Palakkad district, Malampuzha offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and man-made attractions. Visit the picturesque Malampuzha Dam, explore the scenic Malampuzha Garden, or take a leisurely boat ride on the serene Malampuzha Reservoir. It’s one of the places to visit in Kerala for 2 days.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 55 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 10 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, gardens, reservoir

Kannur

Known for its pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage, Kannur offers a unique blend of natural beauty and traditional art forms. Visit the historic St. Angelo Fort, witness the vibrant Theyyam ritual performance, or relax on the serene Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Kannur is one of the places to visit in Kerala in August.

  • Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport (CNN), 27 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kannur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, forts, culture

21. Silent Valley National Park

A biodiversity hotspot, Silent Valley National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the rare lion-tailed macaque. Explore the dense evergreen forests, spot exotic wildlife, and enjoy the serenity of this untouched paradise.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 91 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 61 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, biodiversity, forests

22. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

A well-protected ecological hotspot, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve offers a thrilling wildlife experience. Spot the elusive tiger, take a guided safari, or go trekking through the diverse terrain of this beautiful reserve.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹7000 per person per day
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 98 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, tiger sightings, safaris

23. Vagamon

Vagamon

A quaint hill station in Kerala, Vagamon is known for its rolling meadows, lush green valleys, and misty hills. Enjoy trekking, paragliding, or simply relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of this scenic destination. Vagamon is also regarded as the best hill station in Kerala by many!

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 64 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, adventure sports, meadows

24. Palakkad Fort

Also known as Tipu’s Fort, Palakkad Fort is a historic site that showcases the architectural brilliance of ancient Kerala. Explore the well-preserved fort, marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and immerse yourself in the region’s rich history.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 62 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 5 km
  • Best Known For: Fort, history, architecture

25. Kappil Beach

A serene and less-crowded beach in Kerala, Kappil Beach is an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway. Kappil Beach can be one of the good places to visit in Kerala. Stroll along the golden sands, enjoy a refreshing swim in the Arabian Sea, or simply soak in the tranquility of this hidden gem.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 49 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varkala Railway Station, 7 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, serenity, relaxation

26. Kuttanad

Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad Backwaters

Known as the “Rice Bowl of Kerala,” Kuttanad is a picturesque region characterized by lush green paddy fields, intricate waterways, and vibrant village life. Cruise along the backwaters, enjoy a traditional meal or visit the local markets to experience the unique charm of Kuttanad.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha Railway Station, 21 km
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, paddy fields, village life

27. Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Located near Kochi, Cherai Beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand and calm waters, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing beach holiday. Swim, sunbathe, or indulge in water sports, and don’t miss the chance to spot dolphins playing in the sea.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 26 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction Railway Station, 23 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, dolphin sightings, water sports

28. Kottayam 

A picturesque town nestled between the Western Ghats and Vembanad Lake, Kottayam is known for its scenic beauty, ancient temples, and vibrant culture. Visit the Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, explore the enchanting Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, or take a leisurely houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, backwaters, bird sanctuary

29. Munroe Island

A cluster of eight islands, Munroe Island is a hidden gem in Kerala’s backwaters. Enjoy a guided canoe tour, witness the rich biodiversity, or explore the local village life in this tranquil paradise.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 67 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Munroe Island Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, canoe tours, village life

30. Pathanamthitta 

A culturally rich district in Kerala, Pathanamthitta is home to several ancient temples and vibrant festivals. Visit the revered Sabarimala Temple, witness the thrilling Aranmula Boat Race, or explore the pristine Konni Elephant Reserve.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 111 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvalla Railway Station, 30 km
  • Best Known For: Temples, festivals, Elephant Reserve

31. Ponnani

 A coastal town with a rich history, Ponnani is known for its serene beaches, ancient mosques, and vibrant culture. Stroll along Ponnani Beach, visit the historic Ponnani Juma Masjid, or explore the local markets for a taste of the region’s unique charm.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 57 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Tirur Railway Station, 17 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, mosques, history

32. Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam

 A popular tourist spot in Munnar, the Mattupetty Dam offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the reservoir, have a picnic with your loved ones, or simply soak in the picturesque scenery.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 109 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 111 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, scenic views, boating

33. Peechi Dam

An engineering marvel in the Thrissur district, the Peechi Dam is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Go boating, enjoy a picnic, or explore the nearby Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 58 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station, 23 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, wildlife sanctuary, boating

34. Devikulam 

A picturesque hill station near Munnar, Devikulam is known for its lush green tea plantations, sparkling waterfalls, and sacred Sita Devi Lake. Enjoy trekking, visit the nearby Eravikulam National Park, or simply relax in the cool mountain air.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 111 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 113 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, waterfalls

35. Kalpetta 

Kalpetta

The gateway to Wayanad, Kalpetta is a bustling town surrounded by picturesque hills and lush forests. Explore the nearby attractions like the Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, and Soochipara Waterfalls, or immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 72 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 73 km
  • Best Known For: Scenery, adventure, local culture

36. Meenmutty Waterfalls

A spectacular three-tiered waterfall near Wayanad, Meenmutty Waterfalls is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trek through the dense forests to reach the falls, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 95 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 97 km
  • Best Known For: Waterfalls, trekking, nature

37. Banasura Sagar Dam

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The largest earthen dam in India, Banasura Sagar Dam is a popular tourist attraction in Wayanad. Enjoy a boat ride on the reservoir, trek to the nearby Banasura Hill, or simply soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the places to visit in Kerala in May.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 99 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 102 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, scenic views, trekking

38. Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in India, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, including tigers, lions, and leopards. Explore the lush botanical garden, visit the on-site museum, or attend a wildlife conservation program at this popular family attraction.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 6 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 2 km
  • Best Known For: Zoo, wildlife, botanical garden

39. Padmanabhapuram Palace

A magnificent wooden palace in Thuckalay, Padmanabhapuram Palace showcases the architectural brilliance and rich history of the Travancore Kingdom. Marvel at the intricate wood carvings, explore the well-preserved museum or stroll through the beautiful palace grounds.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 52 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kanyakumari Railway Station, 33 km
  • Best Known For: Palace, architecture, history

40. Kakkayam Dam

 Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Kakkayam Dam is a scenic spot offering stunning views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and forests. Enjoy a picnic with your loved ones, trek through the lush greenery, or simply relax and soak in the serene ambiance.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 66 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 56 km

41. Thikkoti Lighthouse

A historic lighthouse near Kozhikode, Thikkoti Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding coastline. Climb to the top for a bird’s-eye view, or explore the nearby rocky beach for a peaceful seaside experience. Thikkoti Lighthouse is one of the famous tourist places to visit in Kerala.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 39 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 19 km
  • Best Known For: Lighthouse, views, beach

42. Kuruva Island

A pristine island in the Kabini River, Kuruva Island is a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Explore the dense bamboo groves, spot exotic birds, or enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the serene river. Kuruva Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala in May.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 106 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 103 km
  • Best Known For: Island, birdwatching, boating

43. Thalassery Fort

A historic fort in Thalassery, Thalassery Fort showcases the colonial architecture and history of the region. Explore the well-preserved ramparts, visit the nearby churches and mosques, or stroll along the picturesque coastline for a memorable experience.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 96 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thalassery Railway Station, 1 km

44. Malampuzha Dam 

A popular tourist attraction in Palakkad, Malampuzha Dam offers a range of recreational activities for visitors. Enjoy boating on the reservoir, explore the beautiful gardens, or marvel at the impressive Yakshi statue by renowned sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 68 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 7 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, gardens, boating

45. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Part of the larger Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including elephants, tigers, and leopards Embark on a thrilling jeep safari, explore the lush forests, or attend a wildlife conservation program at this popular wildlife sanctuary. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as one of the best places to visit in Kerala in October.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 127 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 118 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, jeep safaris, conservation

46. Palaruvi Waterfalls

A stunning waterfall near Kollam, Palaruvi Waterfalls is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trek through the dense forests to reach the falls, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base. Palaruvi Waterfalls is also one of the places to visit in Kerala in October.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 82 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station, 35 km

47. Kollam Beach 

A serene beach on the Malabar Coast, Kollam Beach offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stroll along the sandy shore, take a dip in the calm waters, or simply relax and soak in the sunshine amidst the picturesque landscape. It’s one of the most romantic places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 68 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station, 4 km
  • Best Known For: Beach, relaxation, picturesque landscape

Kerala is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich culture, and diverse experiences. With its serene backwaters, lush hill stations, golden sandy beaches, and incredible wildlife, Kerala offers something for every traveler. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway, the enchanting destinations in Kerala will leave you with unforgettable memories. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the best of what God’s Own Country has to offer!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the best places to visit in Kerala for couples?

A. Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom, Wayanad, and Varkala are some of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples.

Q. Which are the best hill stations in Kerala?

A. Some of the best hill stations in Kerala are Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, and Ponmudi.

Q. What are the must-visit places in Kerala?

A. Must-visit places in Kerala include Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, and Fort Kochi.

Q. When is the best time to visit Kerala?

A. The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March when the weather is cool and pleasant.

Q. Which are the best places to visit in Kerala in December?

A. Some of the best places to visit in Kerala in December include Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, and Fort Kochi.

Q. What are the top 10 places to visit in Kerala?

A. The top 10 places to visit in Kerala are Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Fort Kochi, Kumarakom, Wayanad, Varkala, Bekal, and Athirappilly.

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12 Amazing Tourist Places To Visit In Kerala (2023)

Kerala, nicknamed God’s Own Country, is a highly sought-after destination for global tourists, with hill-stations, backwaters, commercial cities, hamlets, and rich culture and heritage. From lush hill stations to scenic shores, backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, tea gardens, waterfalls, Ayurvedic resorts, and bustling festivals, Kerala is a land of beauty and bliss, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, and honeymoon.

Beautiful Munnar - Places To Visit in Kerala

The state boasts an abundant geographical and cultural diversity, sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. There are 12 popular destinations in Kerala, along with over 100 tourist places, ranging from unending palm groves, pristine sandy beaches, sprawling tea plantations, rolling green hills, calming backwaters, to stunning art forms, amazing wildlife, beautiful temples, and tasty food.

Kerala is a marvel of natural beauty and cultural heritage, where one can indulge in ecotourism, Ayurvedic treatments, and experience the warm hospitality of its people. So, for those looking to visit this little paradise in the southern part of India, here are the best places to visit and things to experience in Kerala.

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1: munnar (a beautiful hill station).

Munnar Tea Plantations - Places To Visit in Kerala

Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala, known for its tea plantations, valleys, and clouds. It used to be the summer capital of the British and is a great place to visit for a two-day itinerary. The town offers a romantic setting with its cute bungalows, homestays, and luxurious resorts making it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kerala. Some of the places to stay include Chandy’s Windy Woods, Pallivasal, and The Panoramic Getaway, among others.

Tourists can engage in various activities such as plantation resort, tea estate tours, camping, and trekking at Echo Point, and spot rare species at Eravikulam National Park. Visitors can revel in the extraordinary blend of luxury and beauty at the most amazing honeymoon resorts in Munnar, including Chandy’s Windy Woods, Pallivasal, The Panoramic Getaway, Forest Glade, and Devonshire Greens. The town offers a wide range of accommodations, from cute bungalows and cozy homestays to lavish hotels and resorts, making it a romantic destination even among the top places to visit in Kerala.

The old world colonial feel adds to the town’s charm, and visitors can enjoy a good selfie drive while exploring the town’s winding narrow lanes. With its endless tea gardens, low-flying clouds, and aromatic vegetation, Munnar promises visitors an unforgettable experience.

Munnar is well connected by national highways, state highways, and rural roads. The nearest railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva, while the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.

2: Alleppey (The Backwater Capital of India)

Alleppey Backwaters - Places to Visit in Kerala

Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East, is the perfect location for a 3-day trip itinerary in Kerala. The place offers a serene environment, with paddy fields, chapels, fishing villages, and lakes filled with water lilies. It is also one of the safest places to visit in Kerala during Covid. The place offers visitors the opportunity to experiment with new foods, with coconut and banana leaves being a particular fascination for the locals.

With its intricate grid of canals and waterways, Alleppey offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience life in a watery wonderland. Thousands of houseboats are available to take visitors on an unforgettable houseboat vacation, floating on its waters and enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the landscape. Visitors can also indulge in spiritualism by visiting the temples in the area, go shopping for souvenirs, or simply enjoy watching the sunset on the beaches.

Alleppey is known for its backwaters, making it the Backwater Capital of India. Visitors can enjoy a houseboat cruise and stay, village walks, and Ayurvedic therapies, among other things. Seated on the banks of the azure Vembanad Lake, Alleppey is one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala and one of the highest sought-after tourist places in Kerala.

3: Wayanad (Nature’s Abode)

View from Banasura Sagar Dam - Wayanad - Places to Visit in Kerala

Wayanad is a green tourist destination in Kerala with lush paddy fields, serene atmosphere, and rich culture. The place has small waterfalls that add to its charm and is home to some of the most refreshing forest places in Kerala. There are several places to stay such as Arayal, Banasura Hill, Wayanad Wild, and Mount Xanadu, and activities to do such as enjoying bamboo rafting in Kuruva Island, boating in Pookode Lake, camping, and cycling around town.

Located amidst the Western Ghats, Wayanad is a famous tourist destination with evergreen landscapes and blissful weather. The place offers tranquility, a magical ambiance, and a picture-perfect backdrop to satiate the emotional and physical state of mind. Wayanad is a popular destination for nature lovers, solo travelers, honeymooners, and families with children. It has countless options for adventure junkies to test their hidden adventurous skills.

Wayanad deserves a top rank in the list of places to visit in Kerala. It is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and perfect for spending time with nature and indulging in adventures. The district’s emerald beauty, misty roads, thundering waterfalls, and uninhibited wildlife welcome travelers to God’s Own Country. Trekking is the lure for adventure enthusiasts, whereas charming treehouses enchant honeymoon couples.

4: Kochi (Cochin)

Fishermen's harbour in Kochi - Places to visit in Kerala

Kochi also known as Cochin has a fascinating history dating back to the 14th century under colonial rule. As a major port city, Kochi was the center for the spice trade and had traders from various countries. Visitors can also experience the backwaters of Cochin in a grand houseboat ride through the Vembanattu Kayal. The best time to visit Cochin is from October to February when the weather is cool and pleasant.

The city has a rich history, heritage, and multi-ethnic culture reflected in its tourist sights, food, shopping, and every aspect of the town. Fort Kochi is a popular tourist place and the gateway to God’s Own Country.

With museums, palaces, synagogues, Hindu temples, churches, heritage buildings, art galleries, and beaches, Fort Kochi is a must-visit for nature lovers, history buffs, and tourists. Some of the top places to visit include the Indo-Portuguese museum, St. Francis Church, Muziris, Paradesi Synagogue, Kodanad, and Princess Street.

Festivals are a major attraction for tourists, and visitors can plan their Cochin tour to attend events like the Cochin Carnival during New Year’s, Onam Festival in August or September, and Shivaratri Mahotsavam at the Aluva Shiva temple. There is much to enjoy in Cochin, from the tranquil beauty of nature to ferry rides, bathing with elephants, Ayurvedic treatments, go-karting, shopping, and eating.

5: Kumarakom (An Enchanting Backwater Destination)

Houseboat cruise in Kumarakom - Places to visit in Kerala

As a traveller visiting Kumarakom, you will be greeted with a sleepy village on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala that is rich in flora, fauna, and breathtaking scenery. It is a must-see location that has been featured in National Geographic Magazine. Visitors can take advantage of various leisure activities such as birdwatching at the bird sanctuary, boating and fishing at the Taj Garden Retreat, and enjoying houseboat trips that allow you to experience the cool air and beauty of the backwaters.

The migratory birds at Kumarakom are a sight to behold, and tourists can experience the rich cultural and historical diversity of the area. You can enjoy the traditional Kerala cuisine while cruising through the backwaters and take a trip to the beautiful island of Pathiramanal, or visit the 100 ft tall waterfall at Aruvikuzhi. Kumarakom is known for its divine, pristine, and serene ambience, and is a perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The village of Kumarakom is gifted with great weather, beautiful landscapes, waterways, and lush greenery. Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, offers independent cottages built on stilts set amidst coconut groves that provide a panoramic view of the backwaters. Kumarakom is one of the most spectacular destinations in Kerala, and visitors will have an unforgettable experience exploring the rich spectrum of cultural and historical diversity.

6: Kovalam (Kerala’s Beach Paradise)

Kovalam Beach - Places to visit in Kerala

Kovalam is a must visit on a trip to Kerala. It is an internationally renowned beach destination with three adjacent crescent beaches. The beach has calm waters ideal for sea bathing, and offers plenty of leisure activities such as sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, cultural programmes and catamaran cruising. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.

Accommodation facilities for tourists at Kovalam range from five star hotels to budget hotels and the choice of food available at restaurants and cafeterias range from Continental varieties to South Indian delicacies. Enjoy lip-smacking seafood and soothing Ayurvedic massages while you relax on the beach or try water sports like parasailing and snorkeling. Kovalam offers something for everyone, whether you are traveling with family, friends or your loved one.

Kovalam was once a small beautiful fishing village, but it became famous as a tourist destination in the 1930s when Europeans discovered its potential. The arrival of a mass of hippies in the seventies made Kovalam a hippy idyll providing fresh fish, fruit and toddy. Today, Kovalam is listed among the best destinations in Kerala and offers a little piece of paradise with its pleasant weather, soothing breeze, soft golden sand, and tall coconut trees.

7: Thekkady (City of Spices & Wildlife)

Boathouse in Periyar Wildlife Santuary - Thekkady - Places to visit in Kerala

As a traveller who has explored Thekkady, this picturesque hill station in Kerala is a must-visit. It has something to offer for everyone, be it adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners, nature lovers, or backpackers. The place is surrounded by lush green forests, and the Periyar National Park adds to its charm by housing a wide range of exotic wildlife species.

Thekkady is the only place where one can watch wild animals from the safety of a boat. You can spot herds of elephants, tigers, and other animals and birds in their natural habitat. Besides wildlife, Thekkady is also famous for its spice plantations, which make it the ‘City of Spices.’ The aroma of spices fills the air, and you can witness the cardamom hills, which are the major producers of cardamom in Kerala.

Apart from the scenic beauty and wildlife, Thekkady also offers adventure activities like trekking and adventure tourism, which is a bonus for adrenaline junkies. You can also explore the man-made lake through boat rides and witness the breathtaking waterfalls and scenic spots amidst the lush greenery. The calmness and natural beauty of Thekkady will undoubtedly leave you mesmerized.

8: Kozhikode (Food Capital of Kerala)

Kozhikode Beach - Places to Visit in Kerala

Kozhikode is a perfect tourist destination in North Kerala, known for its pristine seashores, historical significance, friendly locals, and rich traditions. The city offers everything that tourists look for when on holiday, from beaches, museums, temples, churches, wildlife, sculptures, parks, and rivers.

The best time to visit is between October and February when the weather is pleasant. Kozhikode is also famous for traditional art forms of the Muslim communities of Malabar, temple-based art forms, and folk songs that celebrate the martial art of Kerala.

Kozhikode is a peaceful city with beautiful backwaters, tranquil beaches, and lush greenery, making it a charming weekend getaway for locals and travellers. The city has a rich history as Vasco-de-Gama first set foot in India here, and it was a mighty seaport where traders from Arabia, China, and Africa once converged.

Kozhikode is also the food capital of Kerala, with mouth-watering dishes like Kozhikkodan Biriyani, Sulaimani, and others served with love. The city celebrates festivals like Onam, Vishu, Eid, and Christmas with equal pomp and joy.

9: Idukki (The Gem of Western Ghats)

Idukki - Places to Visit in Kerala

Idukki is a nature-rich district in Kerala that boasts diverse tourist attractions. It includes wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, dams, spice plantations, mountain treks , and elephant rides. It is home to popular tourist destinations like Munnar, Thekkady, Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park, and Periyar Tiger Reserve. The district is surrounded by cascading waterfalls, tea gardens, and rolling green hills, making it an ideal destination for a honeymoon or family holiday.

Idukki is a gem in the lap of the Western Ghats and attracts visitors from all over the world. The district is home to many natural marvels like Anamudi and captivating sanctuaries and spice gardens, making it a must-visit for nature lovers. The popular tourist spots in Kerala like Munnar, Vagamon, Ramakkalmedu, Marayur, and Thekkady are located within this district.

Idukki is the perfect destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is nestled amidst verdant hills and forests, surrounded by tea and spice plantations. The district is famous for its stunning natural aura and attractions, making it a popular spot for treks, nature walks, and bird watching.

10: Vagamon (The Perfect Summer Destination)

Vagamon - Places to visit in Kerala

Vagamon is a picturesque hill station situated on the Idukki-Kottayam border, offering beautiful gardens, meadows, and tea gardens. The town is an ideal tourist destination with an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level, surrounded by greenery, deep valleys and dales. The place is a haven of equanimity with religious mysticism and European legacies, including the Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, and Kurisumala, which are a mark of religious harmony.

Vagamon is a tiny plantation township in Central Travancore, with lush green hills, breathtaking ravines, and meandering rivulets, making it a perfect tourist place surrounded by tea gardens, fresh cool air, murmuring Pine forest, small waterfalls, and attractive meadows. The town offers an extraordinary experience with a meandering road cut in solid rock lined with pine forests.

For adventure seekers, there is an option of trekking, para gliding, or rock climbing. The hill station also has a chain of 3 beautiful hills called Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurismala that give an enchanting feel to this beautiful hill station. Besides being abundant in natural beauty, the place also offers space for spiritual activities, making it a perfect place for meditation.

11: Munroe Island (Sinking Island of Kerala)

Munroe Island - Places To Visit in Kerala

Munroe Island, also known as Mundrothuruthu, is an unexplored destination in the Kollam district of Kerala. It consists of a cluster of eight beautiful islets connected by canals. It is named after Resident Colonel John Munroe, who integrated several backwater regions by digging canals. The island is a peaceful getaway from modern life and offers canal cruises and the famous Kallada Boat Race held during the Onam festival.

Munroe Island is located at the confluence of the Kallada river and Ashtamudi lake and is surrounded by coconut plantations, narrow canals, lagoons, and mangrove forests. It is a popular tourist destination in Kerala, with the best time to visit being throughout the year due to the pleasant coastal weather. The canal cruise, operated by the District Tourism Promotion Council, is a must-do activity and costs INR 500 per person.

The island is ideal for family vacations, honeymoon trips, backpacking trails, or casual holidays. It is a hidden pearl in the backwaters that showcases the scenic rural landscape of Kerala, offering a unique and tranquil setting away from the chaos of modern life. The monsoon season from June to September should be avoided due to hot and humid weather.

12: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram - Places to Visit in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala. It is renowned for its beaches, backwaters, and hill stations, making it a popular tourist destination for both Indian and foreign visitors. It is also considered one of the cleanest and calmest cities in India.

The city has many historic buildings and museums, including the revered Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, which is a source of spiritual bliss for visitors. Meanwhile, tourists can also enjoy water sports and get a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the local society. Thiruvananthapuram is among the greenest cities in India and is rapidly modernizing, while also preserving its ancient history and culture.

There are many places to stay in the city, such as The Raviz Kovalam, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hycinth Hotels. Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most beautiful cities in India and attracts tourists from all walks of life who want to explore its rich culture and natural beauty.

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The road winds down with the ocean on one side and the scenic backwaters dotted with coconut trees on the other side in Kappil. One of the most unexplored places in Kerala , Kappil Beach is often overshadowed by its nearby attraction, Varkala. You won’t find people for long stretches of the pristine beach which offers some of the prettiest sunsets on the Arabian Sea. On the other side is Edava Narayana Lake which has some of the best birdlife. The best way to visit Kappil is to drive down and you even can rent bikes from Varkala.

How to get there: The beach is near the Kappil village, about 7 KM away from Varkala. It also has a railway station and the nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram.

Best time to visit: November to February after the monsoons

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3. Gavi, Periyar – Emerald Paradise Of Flora & Fauna

Gavi, Periyar

Gavi is a true paradise; it is a beautiful forested area in the Periyar Tiger reserve surrounding the scenic Gavi Lake. The still waters of the lake are clear and reflect the rich emerald hues of the thick forest around it. The forest is home to more than 260 species of birds and teeming with wildlife. You can sight Bisons, Elephants, Lion-tailed macaques, and Malabar Giant Squirrels in the area. A nature lover’s delight, it is still one of the best unexplored places in Kerala.

How to get there: Gavi is about 40 KM from Kumily which is the base for the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The nearest railhead is Kottayam about 117 KM away and the nearest airport is Kochi 172 KM away.

Best time to visit: August to March

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4. Vagamon, Idukki – Picturesque Hills

Vagamon, Idukki

Image Source If you are looking for hill stations free of crowds then Vagamon is one of the best unknown places in Kerala that is perfect for you! Located in the Idukki district, it is often nicknamed the ‘Scotland of Asia’. The moniker refers to the rolling meadows high up in the mountains that are ideal for paragliding, which is becoming popular in Vagamon in recent times. Untouched by the commercialization of the nearby town, Munnar, Vagamon still offers a tranquil experience to visitors.

How to get there: The nearest railhead is Kottayam about 63 KM away and Kochi is the nearest airport 105 KM away.

Best time to visit: February and March are ideal for paragliding

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5. Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur – Scenic Drive-In Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur

Muzhappilangad Beach is a dream come true for anyone who loves driving. One of the longest drive-in beaches in the world, it is among the rare beaches in India where you can drive a car or a bike. That makes it one of the best road trip places in Kerala, especially in April when there is a vibrant beach festival that takes place here. The beach is not just perfect for beach stunts but is also a natural paradise where a lot of endangered birds can be sighted. The scenic beach makes for some perfect Instagram shots!

How to get there: The beach is about 15 KM away from Kannur which also has a railway station. The nearest airport is at Kozhikode about 90 KM away from Kannur.

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6. Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam – Beauty Of The Backwaters

Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam

Kumarakom and Alleppey may be known for the legendary Kerala backwaters, but just a little distance away lies the Ashtamudi Lake which is undoubtedly one of the best offbeat places in Kerala. The large lake with eight waterways branching away from it boasts of a rich birdlife and is even a protected reserve for birds. The best way to experience the lake is by going on a boat ride in the traditional Kerala boats and letting the relaxed vibe take over.

How to get there: The nearest railhead is at Kollam about 11 KM away and the nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram about 70 KM away.

Best time to visit: August to October

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7. Kolukkumalai Estate, Idukki – World’s Highest Tea Estate

Kolukkumalai Estate, Idukki

If you are a traveler who likes to tick off all the ‘highest’ places in the world off your list, then Kolukkumalai should feature on it. Kolukkumalai Estate is the highest tea estate in the world and has a functioning tea factory at a height of 7,900 feet since the 1900s! The estate offers breathtaking views of the Nilgiris and is a nature lover’s delight. Apart from beauty, the waterfall also offers adventure as the jeep ride to it is surely a thrilling one, ensuring Kolukkumalai remains one of the most unexplored places in Kerala.

How to get there: Take a jeep from the town of Suryanelli which is about 23 KM from Munnar. The nearest railhead to Munnar is at Aluva about 114 KM away while the nearest airport is at Kochi about 130 KM away.

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8. Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad – Pristine Marvels Of Nature

Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad

Soochipara Falls will make your heart leap with happiness! This waterfall is a testimony to tourism done right, the entire area is plastic-free which means you won’t come across those stray water bottles or wrappers while enjoying the waterfalls. It also helps that it is one of the best unknown places in Kerala and is tucked away in a beautiful valley in Wayanad. You have to go down a hilly trek with thick forests around to reach the thundering falls.

How to get there: The falls are about 23 KM from Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad. The nearest railhead and airport is Kozhikode 72 KM away.

Best time to visit: December to May

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9. Neeliyar Kottam, Kannur – Best Theyyam Performances

Neeliyar Kottam, Kannur

If you wish to engulf in one of the most spiritual and invigorating experiences of your life then you must visit Neeliyar Kottam around 15th January of any year. This is when the temple comes to life with the sound of ‘chenda’ drums and the boisterous Theyyam performance. Theyyam is a form of worship in North Kerala when devotees dress up in elaborate costumes to please the Gods. The temple in Neeliyar Kottam is devoted to the legend of Bhagavathy. It is one of best offbeat places in Kerala to experience a unique cultural event.

How to get there: The temple is at Mangattuparamba about 15 KM away from Kannur, which is also a railhead. The nearest airport is at Kozhikode about 92 KM away.

Best time to visit: During the temple festival around the third week of January

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10. Agasthyarkoodam, Trivandrum – Legendary Treks Of Kerala

Agasthyarkoodam, Trivandrum

Image Source Going on a trek is possibly the best way to experience less crowded tourist places in Kerala. One of the best treks in Kerala is the Agasthyarkoodam trek, which summits at the top of Agasthyamalai. Legend says that Sage Agasthya meditated atop this mountain and why not, the views from the top are so beautiful that you might just want to settle in there! The trek is about 28 KM and can ideally be covered over a weekend. It is one of the offbeat places in Kerala . 

How to get there: The trek starts from Bonacaud about 53 KM away from Thiruvananthapuram which has both a railway station and an airport.

Best time to visit: November to April. Trekkers must avoid monsoons.

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11. Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom – The Longest One

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Image Credits: Vinayaraj for Wikimedia Commons Vembanad Lake is located in Kumarakom and is one of the hidden gems in Kerala . An untouched and unexplored spot in the arms of God’s own country, the algae rich green waters of Vembanad are as pristine as they can get. It is the longest lake in India and the largest source of surface water. There is a saltwater barrier that prevents the intrusion of seawater and divides the lake into fresh water and brackish water.

How to get there: The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is only 13 kilometers from the lake.

Best time to visit: September to March

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12. Chembra Peak, Wayanad – Nature At Its Best

Chembra Peak

Image Credits: Karkiabhijeet for Wikimedia Commons Chembra Peak is sitting in Wayanad and attracts all the nature and adventure enthusiasts who are visiting Kerala. It is the highest peak south of Himalayas with a beauty that goes beyond words. Located at a height of 2100 m above sea level, Chembra peak offers exciting trekking and hiking opportunities. However, it is important to get prior permission from the Meppadi forest before you begin on the expedition. Also, on the way, you will come across a heart shaped lake, which never dries up and is named ‘hridaya thadakam’.

How to get there: Nearest railhead is at Kozhikode which is 79 km from Chembra Peak Base Camp. State Buses and cabs are the best way to reach Chembra Peak Base camp.

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13. Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad – Calming As Its Name

Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad

Image Credits: Jaseem Hamza for Wikimedia Commons A part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Silent Valley National Park is one of the best places that you can visit in Kerala. This hidden gem is located in the Nilgiri Hills and is paradise for wildlife lovers. Home to the endangered species of lion-tailed macaque, there are several species of birds, insects, and mammals that you can find here. The several thousand species of flora including flowering plants, orchids, ferns, lichens, liverworts, and algae that are distinctive only to the Western Ghats will leave you spell bound.

How to get there: The entrance to Silent valley Park is 25 Kilometers from Mukkali along a jeep road . You have to get entrance tickets and Guide from the office at Mukkali to enter the park.

Best time to visit: December to April

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14. Nelliyampathy, Palakkad – Spellbinding Affair

Nelliyampathy

Image Credits: wallpaperflare Nelliyampathy is located in Palakkad and is known for the cloud-caressed peaks that are settled at varying heights. They truly offer a sight to behold. The journey to Nelliyampathy is spellbinding as there are several viewpoints from where one can enjoy picturesque views of the landscapes. En-route there are spots showcasing bio farming. You can visit the farms and vast expanses of tea estates. The hills of Nelliyampathy are also well known for its orange cultivation.

How to get there: Palakkad station lying nearly 60 km from Nelliyampathy serves as the nearest railway station.

Best time to visit: September to February

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We don’t know about you, but this list is giving us boundless wanderlust! Now don’t wait. Book your trip to Kerala right away and don’t forget to include these offbeat places in Kerala in your itinerary for a unique travel experience!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Offbeat Places In Kerala

Which is the most beautiful place in Kerala?

The most beautiful place in Kerala is Munnar. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. It is known for its booming backwater tourism industry and scenic attractions.

Can you wear shorts in Kerala?

You can wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Having said that, do not go to temples and religious spots wearing shorts since it goes against Indian traditions. You will not be permitted inside, so make sure your knees and shoulders are covered up.

What is the best time to visit Kerala?

The best time to visit Kerala is from March to May. It is hot but not as humid as it is in other months. You can pursue some of the best things to do in Kerala around this time.

What is the main food of Kerala?

Kerala’s staple food is seafood. You will find fishes, prawns, mussels, lobsters, and crabs in abundance here. Owing to Kerala being a coastal state, you will also find a lot of dishes made of coconut. These dishes are usually accompanied by rice.

Do they speak English in Kerala?

Apart from Malayalam, which is the main language spoken in Kerala, English is also widely spoken in that area.

Which is the culture of Kerala?

The culture of Kerala is an amalgamation of Indian and Dravidian culture. Its rich, composite culture has been influenced by a lot of different factors.

What is the climate of Kerala?

The climate of Kerala is humid, tropical, and wet. It receives an annual rainfall of 3107 mm. Avoid visiting Kerala in the rainy season since it is prone to flooding.

How safe is Kerala for tourists?

Kerala is as safe for tourists as any other Indian state. Having said that, please make sure to take precautions that you would take anywhere where you’re traveling to for the first time.

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15 Less Explored Tourist Destinations in Kerala

15 Less Explored Tourist Destinations in Kerala

Are you planning a Kerala tour and looking for some less explored places this time to break the repetitiveness of visiting the same tourist places like Munnar , Thekkady, Kumarakom , and Kovalam ? The South Indian state, Kerala entices travellers with its spectacular beaches, beautiful hill stations, sparkling backwaters, excellent wildlife sanctuaries, revitalising Ayurveda resorts and wonderful adventure opportunities. It has a lot more to offer for travellers who wish to enjoy the bliss of the pristine beauty of nature. The state has many less crowded yet fabulous places like Vagamon, Thenmala, Kalpetta, Ponmudi, Poovar and Ranipuram to visit. If you are planning a tour in this state, check the less known places in Kerala away from crowds to unwind and recharge yourself. Simply lock your laptop in your cupboard and put your mobile in silent mode for some wonderful time in this majestic tourist spot.

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Ponmudi, Kerala

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If you are looking to spend your holidays in a non-so-popular tourist place in Kerala, then Ponmudi can be the best choice for you. It is a beautiful hill resort with green environment and narrow pathways nestled among the enchanting hills of Western Ghats. With small rivulets, eye-catching mountain flowers and colourful butterflies, this tourist destination is ideal to enjoy trekking. The mist-covered valleys and large tea estates also make Ponmudi , a rapidly developing hill resort in the state. Covered with extensive tea plantations, lush green hills and valleys and stunning waterfalls, this hilly resort attracts many people who love to enjoy mountain life.

Ponmudi is nearly 61 kilometres away from Thiruvananthapuram , the capital city of Kerala. The beautiful hill station offers a lot of things to do for holidaymakers. It shall be a memorable experience for them to enjoy mountain climbing or trekking on Agasthyarkoodam , the highest peak in the area located at an altitude of 1868 feet above sea level. Travellers can find many cottages, hotels and dormitory staying facilities in Ponmudi who plan to explore this hill station conveniently.

Some of the must visit places near this well-known hill station are:

Golden Valley: A beautiful location near Ponmudi with golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley ideal to relax. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River with rich flora and fauna. Mini Zoo: Within an easily reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo has a large number of Barasinghas.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (67 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram (61 Kms)

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Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy, Kerala

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Nelliyampathy is an excellent choice for travellers who search for offbeat holidays in Kerala. Located almost 60 kilometres away from Palakkad, this charming hill station fascinates holidaymakers with its orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming. The hills of this destination with varying heights are truly eye catching. The height of them varies from 467 meters to 1572 meters. This astounding hill station is not only famous for its pristine landscape but also a wide range of thrilling activities. Each traveller to Nelliyampathy loves to indulge in trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits. A high 100-meters waterfall certainly enhances the charm of this marvellous tourist destination. An elegant bungalow built by British turned to a resort named Pagalpandi is a great feature of this tourist spot. If you are a nature lover or photography enthusiast, Nelliyampathy is truly a delight for you. Visitors can buy fresh coffee and tea during their trip to this hill station. This tourist spot is also famous for good wine and excellent organic items.

Some of the tourist attractions near to Nelliyampathy are:

Nenmara: A beautiful village located nearly 25 kilometres away famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Don’t forget to visit this wildlife sanctuary which is blessed with exotic flora and fauna. It is about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy. Nelliyampathy Hills: Travellers can enjoy beautiful views of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills which are almost 2 kilometres away. Padagiri: It is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills stands at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level located approximately 3 kilometres away. Raja’s Cliff: Enjoy splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscape at Raja’s Cliff which is about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy. With an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level, one can watch the eye-catching vistas of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot. Palagapandi Estate: With a charming colonial Bungalow, it is one of the beautiful spot in Nelliyampathy. Malampuzha Gardens: Situated nearly 33 kilometres away, Malampuzha Gardens is a must-visit picnic spot near Nelliyampathy. With a children’s park, an aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain, this area can be a paradise for children. Seetharkundu Viewpoint: You will be completely spellbound with the mesmerising views at this viewpoint. It is almost 3 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy. Pothundi Reservoir: Located nearly 8 kilometres away, Pothundi Reservoir is believed to be built in 19th century for irrigation purposes.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (120 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad (56 Kms)

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Gavi, Kerala

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Gavi, a beautiful village located in the Pathanamthitta district is one of the unexplored tourist places in Kerala. Visiting this amazing tourist spot can be a dream come true for many nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts because of its unparalleled natural beauty. Being a part of the Ranni Reserve Forest, travellers to this pristine vacation spot can enjoy a wide range of unique flora and fauna. Gavi is also a part of the well-known Periyar Tiger Reserve . A jeep ride through the rich forest to reach Gavi certainly gives you adrenaline rush because of the wonderful chances to spot several rare animal species. You will be thrilled to spot elephants, bears, sambars, barking deers, tigers, Indian Gaurs and Nilgiri Martens. There are two Gopher trees in Gavi and interestingly, these are the only two trees of this kind in India.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful nature of Gavi, the Forest department of Kerala arranges many interesting activities for travellers to promote tourism in this region. Tourists to Gavi can indulge in different activities like boating, spice garden visits and bird watching. The famous Sabarimala shrine is very near to this tourist spot. People who visit Gavi during the months of November to Mid-January (Mandalakalam) can plan a trekking to this renowned pilgrim centre. Females who are below the age of 10 and above the age of 50 also can enjoy trekking to Sabarimala but the temple has restrictions for the entry of women aged from 10 to 50. It shall be a memorable experience for travellers to enjoy boating in the Gavi Lakes or Kochupampa. Try to visit the cardamom factory situated at this tourist destination to get an idea about the plantation and packing methods of cardamom.

Once you visit Gavi, you will be realised that it is one of the best tourist spots in South India . The destination has cool, pleasant climate even during summer months. This mesmerising tourist spot got popularity after the release of a Malayalam movie named ‘Ordinary’. Pathanamthitta and Kumily Depots of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provide public transports for travellers who wish to enjoy a trip to Gavi at affordable rates. The passengers need to reach these depots early in the morning as the KSRTC buses leave for Gavi at 6.30. Guesthouses are available if you wish to spend a few days in this region. Forest camping facility is also provided in this tourist spot but only from November to March. Just pitch a tent in the middle of the forest at your campsite and wait to feel the presence of wildlife. One cannot explain that wonderful experience in mere words. There is a lot to enjoy in Gavi especially for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

A few tips to consider:

  • Bikes are not allowed for Gavi trip.
  • Avoid travelling in small cars for convenience and comfort.
  • Do not plan your trip to this tourist spot during monsoon as it is difficult to see the roads clearly due to mist. Sometimes, wild elephants stand in the middle of the road and you will not be able to spot them due to mist.
  • Since there are not many restaurants and eateries in Gavi, it is wise to carry food and light snacks with you. However, do not throw plastics in this eco-friendly area.

Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport (140 Kms); Cochin International Airport (190 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam (114 Kms)

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Ranipuram, Kerala

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Ranipuram is a beautiful place in Kerala suitable for people who are looking for a non-so-popular but picturesque destination to explore. It is an astonishing hill station located in the Kasargod district in the Western Ghats region attracts holidaymakers and nature lovers with its diverse wildlife, rich avifauna and evergreen forests. This green capped hill station is almost 750 meters above sea level and a repository of varied vegetation which includes monsoon forests, grasslands and rich Shola woods. The vast forest areas of this vacation destination share its borders with the well known Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka, the neighbouring state. Mainly known for eco-tourism activities, Ranipuram is fondly called as the ‘Ooty of Kerala’. This striking tourist spot was known formerly as Madathumala. A lot of travellers who wish to explore new places in Kerala choose this destination because of its outstanding natural beauty.

Most of the hill stations in Kerala are ideal to enjoy many thrilling activities like trekking and Ranipuram is not an exception to this. The destination offers plenty of opportunities for trekking. The trekking trails of this tourist spot are unique with variation in its vegetation. Ranipuram has more than 5 kilometres of virgin dense forests. Visitors can enjoy picturesque views at Manimala, the highest trekking point in this hill station. The area houses plenty of orchids and medicinal plants. The cool breeze and fresh air of this picnic spot make you refreshed and wash away your fatigue. Besides, the area is suitable for rock climbing, chimney climbing, rappelling and wildlife and bird watching. Travellers to this region opt for jeep safaris in order to spot the unique wildlife of the destination. Visitors can watch elephants, monkeys, wild boars and deer here. Try to carry enough water and food during your trekking to this spot. You will also love to explore the monsoon forests of Ranipuram for watching colourful butterflies. This truly an offbeat destination in Kerala perfect to enjoy some fun-filled holidays.

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport (50 Kms); Kozhikode International Airport (200 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kasaragod (85 Kms)

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Vagamon, Kerala

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Vagamon is a serene and peaceful place in Kerala situated nearly 1200 meters above sea level. This is an ideal place for travellers who seek a blissful destination in this scenic state to unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Many people find it a suitable weekend getaway to spend away from the restrictions of the busy city noises. Vagamon is blessed with fabulous green mountains, rich pine forests and cascading waterfalls. Although it has a beautiful landscape and pleasant climate, it is among the less known places in Kerala. Travellers to this summer destination love its green environs which can be idyllic to practice meditation. People from different backgrounds and all age groups admire the beautiful landscapes of Vagamon.

Reaching Vagamon can be an amazing experience. You will just love to travel through the rich pine forests, rolling terrains and green covered hills to reach this astounding hilly spot. Once you reached, you will realise that this sleepy town is unaffected by commercialization. The overall scenery of the destination is striking with charming green meadows, tea estates, waterfalls, pine forests, mists and fogs. This enchanting vacation destination is cuddled up within 3 mesmerising hills named Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala. It is interesting to know that these names represent the three major religions in the state, Muslim, Hindu and Christian. The destination is famous for religious harmony.

Even if Vagamon is a tranquil and peaceful vacation spot, it offers many adventure opportunities for visitors. Holidaymakers can enjoy an array of exciting activities in this tourist spot such as trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering and paragliding. Located at the border of the gorgeous Western Ghats, Vagamon offers mind-blowing views of nature. This hilly region has a cool climate and its temperature varies from 10°C to 23°C during the months of summer. The destination is perfect to visit from June to August if you love to enjoy the Monsoon.

Some of the nearest attractions that you can visit during your trip to Vagamon are:

Kurisumala: It is a well known Christian pilgrimage located around 2 kilometres away from where pilgrims climb up the hills with wooden crosses. Kurisumala Ashram: It is a Christian monastery set in the heart of the gorgeous Sahya Mountain Ranges around 2 kilometres away from Vagamon. Pine Hill: Simply feel the real charm of Vagamon by visiting Pine hill. The area gives you the feel of walking into the woods. Vagamon Meadows: Surrounded by Vagamon Hills, these rich green grasslands attract travellers with the cool breeze and lush greenery perfect for washing away all your stress and tensions. Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary: This beautiful picnic spot is almost 10 kilometres away from Vagamon best to enjoy boating.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (97 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam (44 Kms)

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IlaveezhaPoonchira, Kerala

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Ilaveezha Poonchira is a majestic valley located along the Pala-Thodupuzha Highway in the borders of Kottayam district in Kerala that spreads across thousands of acres. This beautiful tourist spot is surrounded by mesmerising hills of different heights. Some of the hills are even 3200 feet above sea level. Ilaveezha Poonchira is a Malayalam word which means ‘a flowery lake where no leaves fall’. Since there are no trees on the mountaintops, leaves do not fall into this captivating valley. The green expanse and rocky hills of this destination span for many kilometres without any trees. You will feel that Ilaveezha Poonchira is Kerala’s hidden treasure once you watch the serene and enchanting beauty of this weekend getaway.

Like many other places in the state, Ilaveezha Poonchira is also associated with a legend. It is believed that Draupadi used to take bath in the lake of Ilaveezha Poonchira when Pandavas were in exile. The matchless beauty of Draupadi attracted Devas and they watch her secretly taking bath. So, Devendra, the lord of Devas, created three hillocks, Kudayathurmala, Mankunnu and Thonippara in order to protect her from the prying eyes of them. The charm of this tempting region is unparalleled and provides you mesmeric views of both sunrise and sunset. Ilaveezha Poonchira is nothing short of a paradise, especially during the monsoon months. The best time to visit this area is from November to March. Travellers who wish to stay in this destination can take advantage of the DTPC rest house.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (76 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam (48 Kms)

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Anamudi, Kerala

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Each wildlife lover or adventure enthusiast would add Anamudi in their travel itinerary if they plan a trip to Kerala’s least explored destinations. Most of the area of this immaculate tourist spot is covered with lush evergreen forests. These forests are home to many rare animal and plant species. As a part of the majestic Western Ghats, Anamudi is one of the most beautiful sightseeing places in Kerala. Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in South India with a height of more than 2695 meters. This tall peak stands in the well known Eravikulam National Park which houses the largest surviving population of the rare species of Nilgiri Tahr. This pristine vacation spot is also home to wildlife like Asian elephants, Nilgiri Langurs, lion-tailed macaque and gaurs.

Travellers need to undertake trekking to reach the top of Anamudi Peak and to spot a wide range of exotic flora and fauna. People who plan a trip to Munnar try to visit Anamudi because of its outstanding natural beauty. In fact, this region is a favourite area for many photo fanatics, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Loaded with unique flora and fauna, visiting this less explored destination can be an unforgettable travel experience. Trekkers shall be able to enjoy a few very attractive rivers that flow inside the jungle like Periyar River, Vaigai and Thamirabarani. A wide range of rich green trees like teak, black wood and Arundinaria densifolia are also the highlight of Anamudi. Many people visit this region during the blooming of the beautiful Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom only once in every twelve years.

Since Anamudi is well connected by road with popular cities in Kerala and the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka , reaching this tourist destination will not be a problem for travellers. Trekkers who wish to climb the top of the peak need to take prior permission from the concerned authorities. Travellers can hire taxis from airport or railway station to reach this place. Many hotels and resorts are available in this region for people who wish to spend some holidays. Tour My India helps travellers to get more information about Anamudi and ensure to get best services during their trip to this unexplored tourist spot. We also help you to get the best trekking deals and arrange accommodation to make your trip to this holiday spot hassle-free.

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport (150 Kms); Cochin International Airport (160 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Pollachi (100 Kms); Aluva (150 Kms)

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Paniyeli Poru

Paniyeli Poru, Kerala

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Many travellers prefer not so crowded places to enjoy their holidays. Kerala has several calm and peaceful destinations appropriate to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Paniyeli Poru is a less explored tourist destination located on the outskirts of Kochi at the Paniyeli Village apt to spend a few memorable holidays. The stunning destination attracts travellers with gorgeous rivulets, milky waterfalls and lovely streams. Situated almost 30 kilometres away from Kochi , this marvellous picnic spot offers mind-blowing views of the Periyar River that takes winding paths between the rocks and dense forests. Many locals also visit this area along with their family or friends to relax and enjoy different activities. Each visitor to Paniyeli Poru admires the charm of rocky river areas and rain forests in the backdrop of Malayattoor Hills. When you visit this awe-inspiring tourist spot, you will feel that it is a pristine gift of nature.

The enchanting waves and whirlpools are the prime attraction of Paniyeli Poru. You will just love to watch them bouncing on the rocks. In order to enter the picnic area, you need to take tickets from the Forest office counter set on a river bank almost 1 kilometre from the wooded parking area. Taking walk through the scenic trails is certainly a wonderful experience. There are sign boards, wooden benches and swings along the trails. Many travellers reach this area after monsoon from December to May in order to enjoy swimming in the river. Some of them even cross the streams in the region to reach the small but picturesque island in the middle of the river. Even though it is a developing tourist spot, Paniyeli Poru lacks sufficient restaurants and eateries. So, it is wise to carry food and water if you plan to visit this unexplored tourist area.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (35 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Aluva (35 Kms); Angamaly (35 Kms)

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Surrounded by large coffee plantations and picturesque lofty mountains, Kalpetta is a bustling town in Wayanad located about 780 meters above sea level. It attracts wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its immense natural beauty. The Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the district is only 8 kilometres away from this tourist spot. Even if there are many beautiful tourist attractions surrounded by Kalpetta, it is one of the unexplored tourist destinations in Kerala. A trip to Kalpetta is truly refreshing because of the mild fragrance from the coffee plantations and its pleasant climate. Besides, you will love the rustic feel of the paths of this quaint town.

Travellers can find exciting trekking opportunities at Kalpetta. Trekkers can enjoy panoramic views of a heart-shaped lake surrounded by pristine lands with dense forests. The speciality of this lake is that it never dried up. There are many good hotels and resorts in Kalpetta where travellers can find affordable accommodation. The destination also offers plenty of shopping options. Travellers can buy many items like spice, coffee, tea, honey, bamboo products and handicrafts. Tour My India offers attractive travel packages for people who wish to explore Wayanad or other less explored tourist spots in Kerala.

Some of the must-visit places during your trip to Kalapetta are:

Vythiri: It is a beautiful hill station located nearly 11 kilometres away from Kalpetta offers mind-blowing views of Wayanad. The mist-capped mountains and cool climate make this destination popular among holidaymakers. The Pookot Lake and the Kanthampara falls are two main attractions near this vacation spot. Chembra Peak: One of the must-visit tourist spots in Wayanad, Chembra Peak is only 6 kilometres away from Kalpetta and it is exciting to camp at the top of the peak. Karapuzha Dam: Built over the gorgeous Karapuzha River, this tourist spot located nearly 12 kilometres away from Kalpetta offers marvellous views of the river. Vaduvanchal: There are many attractions in this picnic spot like Cheenigeri Mala and Phantom Rock which is around 16 kilometres from Kalpetta. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over an area of more than 345 sqr km, this picnic spot is a natural habitat for varieties of animal and bird species. It is almost 37 kilometres away from Kalpetta. Banasura Sagar Dam: It is a mini Hydro-project located almost 21 km away from Kalpetta where you can enjoy hiking and trekking. Puliyarmala Jain Temple: It is an ancient Jain temple located around 4 kilometres from Kalpetta. Meenmutty Falls: Falling from a height of around 300 meters above sea level, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Wayanad where visitors can enjoy mesmerising views of nature and feel fresh air. The location is approximately 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. Kanthanpara Waterfalls: Located about 9 kilometers away from Kalpetta, this 30 meters high waterfall is truly a captivating sight. Wayanad Heritage Museum: Watch a great collection of artefacts belong to the 2nd century at this picnic spot which is only 16 kilometres away from Kalpetta. Thirunelly Temple: This ancient temple is almost 37 kilometres from Wayanad famous for its marvellous architecture and scenic nature.

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode International Airport (85 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Quilandy (46 Kms); Kozhikode (75 Kms)

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Silent Valley National Park

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Silent Valley National Park is a well-known wildlife reserve in the country spread across an area of 237.52 sqr km. It is located in the north-east part of Palakkad district in Kerala. This park is one of the prime tourist attractions in this district famous for its tropical evergreen rain forests. Rich in exotic flora and fauna, the Silent Valley National Park is among the unexplored tourist spots in the state. This park houses the rare monkey species of Lion-tailed Macaque. It also has a wide range of other exotic wildlife including many endangered species. It is truly a panoramic destination rich in biodiversity. Travellers can watch more than 1000 species of flowering plants in this region. Varieties of mammals, butterflies, moths and birds also make this offbeat tourist spot unique.

Silent Valley was earlier known as Sairandhrivanam and it was declared as a reserve land in 1988 under the government of Kerala. Situated in the majestic Nilgiri Hills, this tourist spot is known for its matchless natural beauty. It is also a part of the enchanting Western Ghats region. The park is also home to many rare bird species like Ceylon Frogmouth. Each visitor shall fall in love with the charm and wilderness of the place. Two beautiful rivers, Bhavani and Kunthipuzha flow through the forests in the area. The evergreen Shola forests and enchanting waterfalls also make Silent Valley, a mind-blowing tourist spot to visit. A nature walk through the park makes you refreshed. Silent Valley Park is also a wildlife photographer’s delight. Add this wildlife reserve in your itinerary for the less explored tourism spots in Kerala. We Tour My India help travellers to make their trip to this pristine unique destination comfortable and memorable.

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport(91 Kms); Cochin International Airport (165 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad (69 Kms)

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Kuruvadweep

Kuruvadweep, Kerala

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There are many unknown tourist places in Kerala and the beautiful Kuruvadweep (Kuruva Islands) is one among them. If you are looking to explore the untouched tourist spots of the state in 2020, then you must include it on your list. The prime attraction of this scenic holiday destination is its lush evergreen tropical forests and unique flora and fauna. Kuruvadweep is a river delta formation on the alluring Kabani River. There is a lot to explore in this 950-acre territory of isolated lands like rare species of herbs, orchids and birds. It is one of the best places in Wayanad to unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life. Exploring this untouched river island can be a mind-blowing experience. This astonishing vacation spot is nearly 17 kilometres away from Mananthawady, the nearest town in the district.

The speciality of this island paradise is that it is the only island in the state that surrounded with a naturally filtered water source. Kuruvadweep consists of three visible islands and all of them have various foliage. Visiting this island provides you with the opportunity to see some wild flowers and rare orchids. There are 2 small lakes in one of these islands. The majestic Kuruva Islands are also home to a wide range of avian species. You will certainly love to watch parrots, hornbills and many colourful butterflies. The natural beauty and unique flora and fauna of the destination truly make each visitor to this destination crazy. The panoramic nature of Kuruvadweep can be a feast for your eyes. Each traveller shall also love to go across the lovely Kabini River on a bamboo raft. The unique geographical characteristics of this island make it a preferred destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Tips to consider:

  • There are no shops on the island and it is wise to carry water and some snacks with you especially if you travel with children.
  • The walking trails get muddy during the rainy season and wise to carry an umbrella. The area has very few shelters.
  • The strong currents and whirlpools in some areas of the river surrounding this island make it a dangerous place. So, obey the instructions of the forest staffs.
  • Carry swimwear and bath towels if you wish to enjoy swimming at the island.
  • Wearing life jackets during boating makes you safe.
  • Don’t throw plastics in the island and limit the use of them.

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode International Airport (120 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode (120 Kms)

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Thenmala, Kerala

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Thenmala is a good choice for travellers who search for offbeat tourism sites in Kerala to visit in 2020. It is the first planned eco-tourism destination in the country located in the Kollam district appropriate to spend some family holidays. Everybody loves to spend some time in the middle of nature that blessed with rivers, dams, waterfalls, hillocks, deer park and exciting adventure areas. The lush greenery of Thenmala fascinates travellers from across the globe. It is a favourite spot for nature lovers as it offers a lot to explore. Since the destination offers a wide range of activities like biking, trekking, rope bridge and mountaineering, Thenmala is famous among adventure enthusiasts as well.

Both children and adults love to visit the leisure zone of Thenmala to enjoy different activities. It is easy to find small restaurants throughout the area that serve beverages and snacks. Some restaurants in the leisure zone serve meals. This eco-tourism destination offers different well-located and affordable accommodation facilities like resorts, cottages, dormitories, restrooms and camping sites. Travellers can reach the destination by hiring local taxis or taking tourist buses. Take your breakfast early morning and start your day at this tourist spot with the adventure zone. Visit the deer park after lunch and plan for the butterfly safari in the evening. It shall be lovely to watch the musical fountain after turning dark. Some resorts in the area arrange vehicles for sightseeing. Travelling to beautiful destinations that not explored by you can be interesting and adventurous. There are many fabulous places to visit in Thenmala.

Some of the must-visit places are:

Butterfly Safari: It is a beautiful garden with host plants maintained mainly for butterflies. Visitors can observe many butterfly species carefully if they go on a guided trail. Nakshatravanam: If you believe in astrology, visiting this garden with 27 trees can be an interesting experience. These trees are said to be connected with 27 birth stars. Adventure Zone: You can enjoy many adventure activities at this area such as rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking and river crossing. Leisure Zone: Just appreciate the charm of nature and relax at the Leisure zone of Thenmala eco-tourism site. With a shooting court, amphitheatre and fine restaurants, this is a great place to spend a day. Children Park: It is a fantastic place to visit if you travel to the state with children. With options for adventure sports and nature walks, your children would love to spend a day here. Trekking: The eco-tourism authority at Thenmala organises different types of treks for trekking lovers.

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (72 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Kollam (66 Kms)

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Poovar, Kerala

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Kerala is a beautiful land with plenty of tourist attraction to explore and celebrate the charm of nature. Poovar is one such superb tourist spot in the state but not many people aware of this backwater destination. It is a gorgeous island paradise located nearly 27 kilometres away from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. With unexplored beaches, scintillating backwaters, long expanses of glowing sand and panoramic surroundings, it is a beautiful destination to explore in Kerala. Located at the entrance of Neyyar River, this tourist spot is inhabited mainly by the fishing community. Travellers to Poovar love to know the captivating culture and traditions of the local people. Poovar is an unspoilt tourist spot in Kerala with exotic flora and fauna. The swaying coconut palms, large banana groves, extensive spice farmlands and pleasant climate make Poovar, an incredible tourist destination in the state.

An alluring estuary adjacent to Poovar is truly a natural wonder where the only sounds that you can hear are the chirping of birds and roaring of waves. Even though this island is blessed with natural beauty, travellers cannot find many activities to enjoy here other than cruising through the crystal clear water to the neighbouring village. As a coastal area, you can find plenty of chances to taste lip-smacking fish and seafood items. Enjoy an array of fish dishes during your trip to this offbeat tourist site. Holidaymakers can find different ranges of accommodation options at Poovar from luxury to budget hotels. The destination boasts several superb Ayurveda resorts and spas where travellers can experience rejuvenation ayurvedic therapies and massage . Water taxis are available to move around the island.

Some of the must-visit places at this vacation destination are:

Poovar Beach: Located between the Arabian Sea and Neyyar River, it is a fabulous beach with golden sand and swaying palms which is accessible only by a water taxi. Kovalam Beach: Comprising three superb beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Hawwah Beach and Samudra Beach, Kovalam is among the most popular beach destinations in the country. It is nearly 12 kilometres away from Poovar. The Fishing Village: Exploring the fishing village at Poovar can be an exciting experience. Vizhinjam: Located about 12 kilometres away from Poovar, this natural sea port is near to the International Shipping route worth visiting.

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (30 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram (27 Kms)

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Neyyar Dam, Kerala

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Neyyar Dam and the surrounding areas are a haven for travellers who search for offbeat spots in Kerala. It can be a suitable place for those who search for less explored destinations with isolation and serenity in Kerala. The scenic Neyyar Dam his located almost 32 kilometres away from Thiruvananthapuram at the Neyyattinkara Taluk. The tranquil surroundings of it make each visitor refreshed. This enchanting tourist spot is a part of the well-known Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary where visitors can enjoy unique flora and fauna. In addition to exciting wildlife like elephants and wild boars, this region also boasts wide varieties of herbs and medicinal plants. Situated at the foothills of the mesmerising Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam is a paradise for nature lovers. A tour to this picnic spot shall give you outstanding travelling experience.

A panoramic dam site and a lovely lake are the prime attractions of Neyyar Dam besides the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The region is a repository of some rarest medicinal herbs. Travellers do not leave this splendid tourist spot without enjoying a bit of boating at the lake. There are several tourist attractions in this wildlife sanctuary such as a deer park, a watch tower, a crocodile park and a lion safari park. This area covers around 12,000 hectares of lush vegetation. You will certainly admire the colourful orchids and rare medicinal plants of it. With a height of 1,890 meters, the alluring Agasthyamalai stands tall within this wildlife sanctuary. The destination offers a few accommodation options like a youth hostel, rest house and dormitories with basic facilities. The offbeat trails of Neyyar Dam certainly give you beautiful holiday experience.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (38 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central (32 Kms)

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Kakkathuruthu

Kakkathuruthu, Kerala

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The panoramic state, Kerala looks fascinating when the sun goes down. Kakkathuruthu is a fantastic recommendation for people who love to watch alluring sunsets. This majestic tourist spot near Alappuzha can be a good choice for travellers who are looking for unexplored tourism places in this state. Surrounding backwaters, Kakkathuruthu is a remote village in Kerala but it has been listed in the ‘Around the World in 24 Hours’ of National Geographic magazine. It is the photographic tour of the magazine that shows the most amazing and travel-worthy destinations in the world. This astounding island appeals a lot of adventure-loving travellers from across the world. Reaching this tiny island can be a bit difficult as this unexplored region is accessible from the mainland only by traditional boats. Surrounded by Vembanad Lake, this beautiful island paradise is a heaven for birdwatchers.

In the local language, Kakkathuruthu means the island of crows. The charm of this unspoilt tourist spot is enhanced by lush coconut groves. Located at Eramallor near Poochakal, the most attractive features of Kakkathuruthu are that it has no tarred roads and no bridges to connect the mainland. Even though it has small paths which are not constructed properly, many travellers nowadays reach this island in order to enjoy its spectacular sunsets. Kayal, a resort tucked away in the spellbinding shores of Kakkathuruthu offers fine staying facilities to travellers. A lot of mind-blowing activities can be enjoyed at this destination such as farming, fishing, toddy tapping and boat ride. You will love to mingle with the locals and experience their life. Try to visit the local temple during your trip to Kakkathuruthu.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (75 Kms) Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha (62 Kms)

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With so many romantic and unexplored destinations, visiting places in Kerala can be a marvellous experience. Most of the above tourist spots offer accommodation options . However, finding good staying facilities may be difficult at some of the places. We Tour My India help travellers who wish to explore the offbeat travel places in Kerala by arranging good staying options. Take a look at our offbeat travel guide to Kerala for choosing the best destinations for a memorable travel experience.

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