The best places to visit in Kerala

One of the most surreal destinations in India is the state of Kerala, better known as the ‘God’s Own Country’. This place is best known for its backwaters that hold spectators with wonder. Kerala is called the ‘Spice Capital of India’.

Let us look at some of the beauty spots on this prismatic land that is filled with both beauty and appeal to visit for:

1. Cochin

It is a unique place in Kerala that is rightly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, is a perfectly beautiful port city. This attraction point is a junction of numerous cultures and traditions that has embraced all the modern outlook and become the most developed metropolis in India.

Some of the tourist attractions are:

St. Francis Church, Bolghatty Island, Fort Kochi, Vypeen Beach, Marine Drive, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets,  Andhakaranzhi Beach, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Cherai Beach, etc.

2. Alleppey

This is a heavenly tourist destination in Kerala better called the ‘Venice of the East or ‘Backwater capital of India’. Seated on the banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake and viewing the popular backwaters is an alluring enjoyment for tourists.

Some of the tourist attractions are:

Kuttanad, Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal.

3. Kumarakom

Along with the magical charm of the Vembanad Lake, this place holds another alluring beauty for the backwaters. Located within the proximity to Kottayam city, one can find beautiful evergreen coconut grooves, breezy rice fields, enjoy backwater cruises and houseboat stays.

The famous tourist destinations are:

Meesapulimala, Attukal Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Vattavada, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Devikulam, etc.

4. Munnar

Another fascinating destination along the Western Ghats is this gorgeous hill station in Kerala which is 1600m above sea level. Covered by the never-ending tea plantations and lush green forests, Munnar has some famous tourist spots such as:

Marayoor, Meesapulimala, Lock-Hart Gap, Chithirapuram, Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Top Station, Rajamala, Kolukkumalai, etc.

5. Wayanad

Located in the centre of the Western Ghats, Wayanad ranks top in the list of other places to visit in Kerala. This stunning hill station is at a height of around 2100 metres and its enchanting beauty with the lush and pristine forest is breathtaking.

Other places of interest are:

Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Banasura Sagar Dam, etc.

6. Kollam

Located close to the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and enhanced by the beauty of Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is a perfect holiday spot. Here you may feel the indigenous culture of Kerala including agriculture, cashew processing etc. Some of the beautiful beaches include Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach.

The other places of must visit are:

Rameshwara Temple, Deer Park, Thangasseri, British Residency, Jatayupara, Sasthamkotta, Thevalli Palace, Chavara, etc.

7. Thekkady

A trip to Thekkady must not be missed while you are in Kerala since this place always wears the colour of Mother Nature. Thekkady holds a rich collection of spices not found anywhere in our country along with numerous exotic wildlife species. The famous Periyar National Park here holds a fascinating range of bio-diversity.

Some other places to visit are:

Periyar Lake, Gavi, Panchalimedu, Chellarkovil, Cardamom Hills, Pandikuzhi, Vandiperiyar, Kumily, etc.

8. Kovalam

Beach lovers should never leave this place unvisited because of its alluring beauty like Goa. Located along the coastline of the mesmerising Arabian Sea, it is undoubtedly a fascinating tourist destination that happens to be the capital of Kerala. Visitors can do fun-filled activities along some of the beaches like Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and so on.

Other tourist attractions include: 

Kovalam Art Gallery, Aruvikkara Dam, Karamana River, Valiyathura Pier, Veli Tourist Village, Neyyar Dam, Edakallu, Halcyon Castle, etc.

9. Kozhikode

The aura and essence of Kozhikode are like a kaleidoscope, counted as a diverse beauty destination along the Malabar Coast, with many historical landmarks giving it the picturesque of the Dutch and British era.

Other tourist attractions include:

Kadalundi, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kozhippara Falls, Lion’s Park, Tali Temple, Beypore Beach, Thusharagiri Falls, Kalipoyika, etc.

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