If you want to spend some time in the lap of nature and enjoy its beauty from up close, head to God’s own abode – Kerala. This South Indian state is one of the visited travel destinations in our country.
The monotonous life can lead to a lot of stress, a vacation to Kerala will give you the much needed recluse from the stress of everyday life. Blessed with an abundance of nature, you can fully rejuvenate yourself amidst the nature.
Here are some of the most beautiful places that you should explore in your Kerala trip, suggested by eKeralaTourism, which is a comprehensive tour guide about gods own country.
Famous Destinations In Kerala
Munnar is a hill station in Kerala, which is bless with lush vegetation and scenic natural beauty.
Located in Idukki, Munnar has an extensive tea plantation. The hill station sees the growth of a large amount tea in its slopes. The tea gardens in Munnar cannot be missed when you are visiting the place.
Head to the Pothamedu view point so that you can get panoramic views of the city from a high vantage point.
Munnar is also home to two Wildlife Sanctuaries, the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is houses the Nilgiri Tahrs, Golden Jackals, Elephants, dusky palm squirrels, red necked mongoose and many more.
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary on the other hand, houses the rusty spotted cats, grizzled giant squirrels and crocodiles.
Varkala Beach is quite a popular beach not just in Kerala but all across the country. It is one of the best beaches in India.
For the beach lovers it is a great spot to enjoy their day by the sea. The pristine sandy beach with azure waters remarkably stands out among other beaches in the state.
What makes the beach even more beautiful are the high cliffs that surround it. It also offers activities like surfing and boat rides.
Engage in beach activities or take an Ayurvedic massage to unwind yourself while at the beach. You can also hop by the Tibetan shops in Varkala to buy souvenirs.
Kovalam is another beach location in Kerala. Beach lovers often head to this place to enjoy some nice beach time.
Hawa Beach and the Lighthouse Beach are two of the most beautiful beaches in Kovalam.
Sunbath in the sands or swim in the water, you can enjoy a great time in Kovalam.
Kumarakom is another backwater destination in Kerala. Although not as large as Alleppey, but you can still enjoy the backwater experience in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom sits by the Vembanad Lake, a very picturesque lake in Kerala. If you want to get away from the hustle and noise of city life to enjoy a quaint weekend, Kumarakom is the perfect place.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is also a frequently visited place in the village. An ornithologist’s delight, this sanctuary is home to many bird species like the Siberian cranes, Waterfowls, Owls, Cuckoo, Parrots, Larks and many more.
Thekkady in Kerala is popular for the Periyar National Park. This is the biggest national park in the entire state and is one of the important national parks in India.
This national park is one of the biggest elephant and tiger reserve in our country. Periyar Lake sits inside the national park and you can take a boat ride on the lake, while spotting wild animals from the water.
Kannur holds a lot of importance in the state of Kerala. The place is blessed with immense natural beauty and is a cultural hub spot as well.
Kannur is a beach destination in Kerala with beautiful beaches on the hand and scenic hills on the other.
It is an important part of Kerala’s culture and heritage as well. Kannur is popular in the state for its handloom and textile industries.
The beautiful fabrics that you buy as souvenirs from Kerala, a lot of it is produced in Kannur.
Theyyam, a traditional art form of Kerala can be seen in Kannur as well.
Wildlife, waterfalls and wild nature makes the beautiful hill station of Wayanad. India’s largest dam, Banasura Sagar Dam also lies in this state.
There is a lot to explore in Wayanad. Go waterfall chasing at the Sentinel Rock Falls, Soochipara and Kanthapara falls.
Spot tigers elephants, deers and birds at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.
Do not forget to visit Edakkal caves and witness the rock cravings belonging to the Monolithic and Neolithic period.
Kerala as we know is popular for its backwaters and Alleppey is the backwater capital. If you want to experience the backwater experience in Kerala head to Alleppey.
You can enjoy a nice backwater cruise enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala as your cruise passes the still waters.
The fun thing about Alleppey is that you can stay in a house boat and absorb the backwater experience from up close.
Also head to Alleppey lighthouse and Alleppey Beach, two popular tourist spots in the region.
Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala and is the conjunction of culture and heritage with modernity.
The Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is the richest temple in Kerala, is located in Trivandrum.
This temple has a mention in Bhagvad Gita as well. The scripture says that Balaram bathed in Padmateertham before he prayed to the gods at the temple.
India’s first IT Park, Techno Park lies in Trivandrum as well.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a port city in Kerala. This city has seen a number of foreign invasions and thus have become a potpourri of cultures.
While in Kochi head to the Vasco de Gama church, it is believed that when Vasco de Gama died in India, he was buried in this church although later his remains have been transferred to Lisbon.
Cherai Beach, Fort Immanuel, David Hall and Mattancherry Palace are some popular destinations in Kochi.
The Chinese nets in the sea waters are another popular attraction in the town.
Kerala tops many people’s travel bucket list. The serene charm of Kerala can only be experienced when you visit this beautiful state.
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