10 Best Places to Visit in Kerala
The God’s Own Country, Kerala has some extremely beautiful tourist destinations to hold the attention of global tourists. There are hill-stations, backwaters, commercial cities, hamlets, and much more to explore. Rich culture and heritage of Kerala also attracts nature lovers from all over the world. Once you set foot in the beautiful paradise, all other things seem inconsequential.
1. Alleppey – The backwater
Alleppey tops this list of best tourist places in Kerala with pictures. Its backwater trips, houseboat stays, and serene beauty attract a fair number of people to its territory. In fact it is the most popular place to experience Kerala’s backwaters. Lord Curzon’s depiction of Alleppey as the Venice of the East is not a hyperbole. A houseboat vacation is what people look for on their visit to Alleppey. There are expanses of paddy fields, quaint chapels, interesting fishing villages, lakes filled with water lilies which make for some of the best places to see in Kerala.
The fascination of Keralites with coconut and banana leaves in their food will prove to be a good experiment for you, if you have never had it before. The cobbled pathways and cleaner roads, comparatively will take you on an old-world tour.
Popular tourist attractions: Alappuzha Beach,Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is another crowd puller.
Best time to visit: September to mid-May
Nearest airport: Kochi Airport, which is 53 km away from the city.
Nearest railway station: Alleppey Railway Station; it is well within the city limits.
Wayanad means the land of paddy fields in Malayalam. Wayanad is one of the greenest places to visit in Kerala. Enriched with godly beauty, serene atmosphere and rich culture, Wayanad is a perfect mix of nature and man-made heritage. After all, the place is famous for its richness in cultures, traditions and tribal heritage. Small, unnamed waterfalls, that line the city haphazardly, add to the place’s charm.
Popular tourist attractions: Besides top 10 tourist places in Wayanad, there are Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill, Lakkidi View Point, P Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Kabini, Papanashini River and Padinjarathara Dam.
Best time to visit: October to May; adventure enthusiasts should visit during the monsoon months of July and August to enjoy the perks of trekking and other adventure activities.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport at Calicut is just 95 km away.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode Railway Station, which is 72 km away from Wayanad.
Thekkady is simply a heaven hidden in thick forests and wild vegetation. You get to see the near extinct species of animals including tigers, sambars, gaurs and lion tailed macaques. Also, there are elephants, lions, deers, bisons, boars, and the Great Indian tigers. Probably, the most favored among the Kerala’s tourist places, Thekkady boasts of abundant beauty and exotic wildlife. Its trekking path from Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is one of the most popular trails in South India. Boating and wildlife observation are two of the favorite pastimes in Thekkady.
Popular tourist attractions: Besides 9 must visit places in Thekkady, there are Periyar Lake, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Elephant Junction, Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Ramakkalmedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mudra Cultural Centre, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil, Murikkady, and Vandanmedu.
Best time to visit: November to early-May
Nearest airport: Madurai Airport is just 136 km away.
Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away.
Bekal is specially known for its famous Bekal Fort, which is rated amongst the best tourist places in Kerala. Many Indian movies, like Rang De Basanti, are filmed in the fort premises. The sea breeze passing through your hair, the pleasant weather and good company are key ingredients to have good time in Bekal. Owing to exotic beauty and serenity, Bekal is among the top three honeymoon places in South India.
Popular tourist attractions: Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach.
Best time to visit: September to May
Nearest airport: Bajpe Airport is nearest at 72 km.
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod Railway Station is just 12 km from Bekal.
Varkala is one of the best seaside places in Kerala. The enticing coastline with cliffs on one side and lush greenery on the other attracts thousands of tourists and water-adventure enthusiasts to the beach. It is popular for activities like boat riding, surfing, parasailing, jetting, horse-riding are the life of the beach. The unmatched beauty of the beach is at its prime during sunsets. The hues of colorful rays make for a surreal atmosphere. Add a dash of luxury by choosing from the most exotic beach resorts in Kerala, around Varkala and you are set.
Varkala is also an important religious place in Hindu culture. Adorned with many Hindu temples, it welcomes many religious travelers and heritage lovers to its seams with open arms. With so much packed in a single city, Varkala is certainly fit to be among the best places to visit in Kerala.
Popular tourist attractions: Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel, and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.
Best time to visit: August to mid-May
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is 53 km away.
Nearest railway station: Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station is well within the city limits.
If relaxation and rejuvenation is your priority, plan a trip to Idukki. Nestled amidst verdant hills and luxurious forests, Idukki allures ardent travellers, nature enthusiasts, and photography buffs with its stunning natural aura and attractions. Surrounded by aromatic tea and spice plantations, Idukki is undeniably one of the best places in Kerala perfect for treks, nature walks, and bird watching.
Popular tourist attractions: Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary or Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Ramakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch Dam, Cheeyappara Waterfalls and Kalvari Mount
Best time to visit: June to August and November to January
Nearest airport: Kochi
Nearest railway station: Theni- 60 kms from Idukki.
Just like a beautiful picture postcard, Palakkad features most awesome weather, picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes, beautiful dams, lush green forests and majestic temples and forts. With vast sprawling paddy estates and tea plantations, Palakkad, one of the most scenic places in Kerala is aptly known as the ‘granary of Kerala’.
Popular tourist attractions: Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Garden and Dam, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Jain Temple and Seethargundu viewpoint
Best time to visit: November to March months are extremely pleasant here.
Nearest airport: Coimbatore Airport
Nearest railway station: Own railway stations; Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town Railway.
Located in Trivandrum District of Kerala, Poovar is famed for its scenic beach. The beach is also dotted with classy resorts that make it one of the ideal places to visit in Kerala if you’re in search for a lovely tropical staycation.
Popular tourist attractions: Aazhimala Siva Temple, Poovar Beach, Arjuna Backwaters
Best time to visit: October to February
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is located just 30 km away.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is located 27 km away from Poovar.
If you’re a mountain-child and wish to lose yourself amidst lush mist-laden hills, then Ponmudi is the place for you. This is one of the best places to visit in Kerala also for the hikers and trekkers, since there is so much to explore! With many narrow winding roads, the landscape of Poovar looks surreal. The tea gardens spanning all around add charm to its beauty.
Popular tourist attractions: Meenmutty Falls, Mankayam Waterfalls, and Ponmudi Rock
Best time to visit: All around the year
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is 67 km away from Ponmudi
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is located about 55 km away.
One of Kerala’s most spiritual places, Guruvayur is located in Thrissur District. Being a small town, this is one of the lesser known tourist places to visit in Kerala, and thus a perfect spot to get to know local culture of the state.
Popular tourist attractions: Guruvayur Sree Vishnu Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, and St. Thomas Church
Best time to visit: October to March
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is located 87 km away
Nearest railway station: Guruvayur has its own railway station
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