Best Places to Visit in Kerala
The south Indian state of Kerala is often referred to as the “kingdom of God” because of its pristine tropical beauty. This coastal country is a destination for everyone, whether it’s beaches, mountains, adventure, wildlife, heritage or the culture you’re interested in. The slow pace of life makes it an ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Kerala and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Kerala
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Kerala:
Wayanad is a bright green mountain range that runs along the Western Ghats. It has great scenic appeal. Lush coconut trees, dense forests, rice fields, and towering mountain peaks frame the landscape. Due to the nature of the terrain, the area has a lot to offer adventure lovers.
Popular tourist attractions include hiking to Chembra Peak and Meenmutty Falls, exploring ancient Jain temples, climbing Edakkal Cave, and wildlife viewing at Muthanga and Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuaries. Another highlight of Wayanad is the many delightful homestays in the area. Glenora is one of them.
One of India’s top destinations, the Kannur district in northern Kerala is the perfect mix of mysterious masked spirit-possession rituals (October to May) and secluded beaches in the form of handlooms and culture. Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is also located in Kannur. You can drive all the way along the endless sandy beach! Relax and enjoy the tranquility in one of the inexpensive beach house stays.
If you love tea, you must come to Munnar! The surrounding area is famous for its sprawling tea plantations. Watch the tea leaves being picked and processed, and try fresh tea leaves straight from the garden. There is even a tea museum. The area boasts the natural beauty of winding streets, misty hills, and forests filled with exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure lovers can hike to Anamudi, South India’s highest peak, explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and paragliding. Munnar offers a wide variety of accommodations surrounded by nature.
4. Poovar Island
Did you know that there are overwater bungalows in Kerala? You can find them at Poovar Island Resort, about 30 minutes from Kovalam beach. They are not as spectacular as the ones in the Maldives but still worth recommending. Not far from the Tamil Nadu border, Poovar Island is an incredible natural wonder. It is located at the confluence of the Neyyar River and the Arabian Sea. There is a long sandbar in the middle.
The main attraction for Hindus visiting Trivandrum is the Padmanabhaswamy temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the 16th century and built by the ruler of the Travancore kingdom. This temple is very rich and makes it the richest temple in the world. Some treasures have been uncovered recently, but the largest safe has not been opened. Unfortunately, if you are not a Hindu, you will not be allowed to enter the temple unless you declare that you believe in Hinduism.
Trivandrum also has some interesting museums and galleries housed in classical heritage buildings. These include the Napier Museum, the Natural History Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery within the museum complex, and the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum outside the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
6. Jatayupara Earth’s Center
Jatayupara World Center is an ambitious new attraction in Kerala. It opened in late 2016 in the village of Chadayamangalam in the Kollam district of Kerala, about an hour north of Trivandrum. The 65-acre park is themed after the Indian epic Ramayana. It is dominated by a 200-foot landmark statue of Jatayu, a legendary vulture believed to have been killed atop a rocky peak while trying to save Sita from Ravan.
In particular, the sculpture is considered the largest of its kind in the world. The park features over 20 adventure activities, a 6D theater showing the battle between Jatayu and Ravan, a virtual reality museum, an Ayurvedic healing cave, and a gondola (aerial cable car) used to transport tourists.
7. Sargaalaya Crafts Village
Sargaalaya won the Best Rural Tourism Project at the National Tourism Awards in 2016 at the initiative of the Kerala state government. Established in the beautiful village of Iringal in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, this tourist village offers a platform for skilled artisans to showcase their craftsmanship.
Visitors can see the shopkeepers at work and buy their wares. The Sargaalaya Iringal International Handicraft Festival is held here from the third week of December to the first week of January every year. This is the largest handicraft fair in South India, attended by around 400 artisans from all over the world.
If you’re into history, extend your time in Kochi and visit Muziris, about an hour’s drive north of the city. This multicultural region was once Kerala’s most important trading port and was thriving for over 1,000 years before it was badly damaged by flooding. It was developed by the Kerala state government as a heritage project.
Muziris stretches as far as Kodungallur and Paravoor. It is full of old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. The first mosque in India, Cheraman Juma Masjid was built in 629 AD. Cochin Magic offers a private full-day Muziris Heritage Tour.
9. Kerala Backwaters
One of the most peaceful and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is to take a houseboat cruise along the palm-fringed Kerala Channel . Freshly cooked Indian food and cold drinks make the experience even more enjoyable. You can even spend the night in the middle of the lake. Spend a few nights at a homestay or backwaters resort. happiness! For the ultimate experience, don’t miss watching the sunset on Kakkathuruthu Island in Vembanad Lake. Most still water tours start in Alleppey.
10. Periyar National Park
Located in the Thekkady district, Kerala’s Periyar National Park is one of the most popular national parks in South India. Unlike many other national parks in India, it is open all year, even during the monsoon season. Famous for its wild elephants, Periyar offers a 30-minute elephant tour in the jungle. The walk is by boat and the lake is especially mesmerizing at sunset. Tourists can also participate in various ecotourism activities here.
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