There is a little-known fact about the three magic words that raised the State from obscurity to global recognition as an ideal tourist destination and captured the imagination of millions. ‘‘KERALA –God’s Own Country”- the best ideal tourist destination is located on the tropical south-western coast of India that lies on the beautiful coast of the Arabian Sea. Legends speak of Kerala as “PARASURAMA KSHETRAM”- THE LAND OF PARASURAMA. Kerala’s art and architecture, Ayurveda, colonial towns, pristine backwaters, ancient temples, heritage sites, verdant hill stations, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, world class hotels and gracious hospitality makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in India. Kerala is divided into three main regions.
Kerala is an exotic location. No extreme climate here to disturb. The climatic conditions are so apt with neither too hot nor too cold. Well educated and cultured people are Kerala’s real asset. The most disturbing factor while one travels to a region beyond his boundary is communication. Here no such worry stare at the visitor as a good number of people here follow English well. The Keralites are good masters of hospitality too. Naturally, the visitors feel very comfortable when they land on this soil. The literary meaning of Kerala is “the land of coconuts”. “Kera” in Malayalam means coconut. As Kerala is abundant with coconut plants, it naturally got the name Kerala. One of the reasons for Kerala’s enchanting beauty is its rich presence of coconut trees. The state, that has some of the best social indicators and an expansive green cover, has also been voted by National Geographic as ‘one of the 50 must-see destinations of a lifetime.’
The captivating beauty of Kerala not only offers us long beaches and palm trees but the state is also famous for its vast culture, festivals and local handicrafts. The land of simple and literate citizens, Kerala amuses us with its spectacular dance forms, music and handicraft. Named as one of the ten paradises of the world. Kerala is one of the safest regions where people believe in simplicity and honesty, they are very down to earth and they live simple yet satisfactory life. Kerala is the land of art and culture, the spectacular dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Koodiyattom and the colourful festivals are the soul of state, there is a sense of respect for the culture, religion and tradition of the state. Popular as the land of art and culture, Kerala celebrates numerous colourful festivals across the year which adds to the richness of its culture.
Apart from lush green and charming hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala and backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are among few of the highlights of Kerala. Surrounded by coconut trees the long coastline provides ample opportunity for fishing. The backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and beaches give us ecstatic pleasure and the serenity refreshes our mind and body.
Kerala boasts of several tranquil backwaters including serene waterways, lakes, estuaries, canals and rivers. People can enjoy a ride in a houseboat. Some of the most famous backwaters with a green tinge of leafy plants are Kollam backwaters, Cochin backwaters, Kozhikode Backwaters and Kasaragod Backwaters. Nothing can prove more relaxing to us than taking a trip in a houseboat along these palm fringed Kerala canals. The beautiful hill stations present on this coastal land enhances its beauty and appealing factors. People can enjoy a pleasurable stay in the mesmerizing beauty of the wholesome hills of Munnar, Ponmudi, Pythal Mala, Ranipurum or Devikulam. These emerald green places will take people away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and help them relax their soul and body. Kerala is a home to many wildlife sanctuaries which have a huge variety of animals, marine life and birds of all most all species residing in them. Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Idukki wildlife sanctuary, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park are the some of the ideal places.
The best tourist places in Kerala
Munnar is one of the most fascinating leisure destinations in the enchanted Western Ghats mountain range, in the middle of the aromatic and fresh air, covered by rolling hills dotted with green umbrella tea plantations. A habitat of endangered animals and evergreen mountains with overwhelming beautiful view of the place.The name Munnar (which means – Three water bodies) is supposed to mean “three rivers”- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala confluence to give this stunning and exotic town and hill station. Perfect tourist place for travellers seeking a peaceful holiday trip with an atmosphere, free from the disturbances of daily busy schedule.Decorated and fitted with all standard amenities is ever prepared to serve its guests with all facilities, cuisine, sincere and top class services to make stay comfortable combined with nature related activities. It dwells a mild and pleasing weather throughout the year and even during the monsoon it partakes a tantalizing ambiance with mist layering over the lush green scape, glittering ripples of the meandering streams down their course and sploshing waterfalls pouring its own rage. Perfect destination for Honeymooners, offers a lush green carpet of romantic tea plantations occupied with crisp mountain air and romantic countryside.
POPULAR MUNNAR TOURISM FASCINATIONS
- Munnar is well linked by both National highways, state highways and rural roads.
- The town lies in the Kochi – Dhanushkodi National highway (N.H 49), about 130 km from Cochin, 31 km from Adimali, 85 km from Udumalpettu in Tamil Nadu and
- The nearest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva.
- The Nearest Functioning Railway station is at Udumalaipettai.
- The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is 110 km away.
The Coimbatore and Madurai airports is 165 km from Munnar.
Thekkady, located in the tourism hub district of Idukki is pure bliss. Filled with lush green scenic views as you mount higher and higher from Kottayam, the place itself hints and conjures rich flora and fauna. The aroma of scented spices from plantations as you pass the valleys and presence of elephants and birds makes you forget the chaos of the outer worlds and brings a sense of calmness to your soul. Thekkady, in fact, hosts one of the biggest wildlife sanctuary in India, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary situated amongst the viciously flowing river Periyar. The Mullaiperiyar dam on the river Periyar river gives rise to an artificial lake where bamboo rafting facility is provided. Thekkady proudly boasts of its Tiger reserves which are the biggest in India named Periyar. Night treks are also organised in the dense jungles of Thekkady which is as thrilling as any other treks in the country. Thekkady is, in fact, the storehouse of endangered species and hence a very important biological asset to the country. Nearby towns like Kurishumala provide trekking and adventure sports which are the weekend destinations of the youth of the states. Another hilltop town on the outskirts of Periyar is Kumily which is the transportation and accommodation hub of the place. Another place one must visit while in Thekkady is Pullumedu which is about 26kms
from Periyar. The scenic beauty of Pullemedu is indeed one of a kind. The lush green mountains and valleys give an insight of the exaggerated expression of heaven itself. But as it’s restricted, special permission has to be taken from the forest department and is NOT a tough task. Thekkady is indeed heaven on earth. The perfect destination for someone who loves raw, undisturbed,
original and serene beauty with zero adulterations.
Alleppey, the headquarter of Alappuzha district in Kerala is the heart of the state. Located in the center of the state, the city is known for its water connected channels and water transport. The district is known by the term “Venice of the East” for its scenic beauty and inland waterways throughout the city. The country life in Alleppey is indeed one of a kind with bustling shores, calm backwaters with fussing houseboats and canoes. It’s the fishing capital of the state and hence seafood is the specialty of the cuisines of Alleppey. The city was the hub of trade and export since centuries. The city is filled with cultural and architectural heritage. The outskirts of the city are no less. Places like Kuttanad is famous for its lush green fields and toddy shops. Toddy shops provide with nectar sweet liquor made from coconut extract. Kuttanad is known as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”. Another heritage site amongst nature rich city is Krishnapuram Palace of Maharaja Marthanda Varma. Built in the 18th century, the palace is famous for its architecture and mural paintings. Also, many antique sculptures and exquisite paintings make it must visit a site in Alleppey. Karumadi Kuttan statue is another historical heritage site in Alleppey representing the Buddhist culture remnants of Kerala. The statue stands tall even after ages radiating the glorious history of the state. The Ambalapuzha temple is another tourist attraction in Alleppey also known as the “Dwarka of the South”. The temple hosts the deity of Lord Krishna and also boasts of its
distinct and famous mural paintings.
Kozhikode also was known as Calicut is one of the metropolitan cities of Kerala in southern India located near Malabar coast. The city is magnificent in its aura and surroundings. The city always features a tropical monsoon climate which is a bliss to watch. Filled with Kappad beach, Kozhikode beach, and Beypore beach, the place itself conjures varied and rich flora and fauna. The
major tourist attractions also boast of the great Thusharagiri waterfalls and Tali temple. People from all around the globe visit the Kozhikode beach as it is the cleanest beach of the Malabar coast and Southern island. The town is multi-ethnic and multi-religious since the early medieval period. The place is enriched with highly ethnic monuments and sacred places which offer spiritual rejuvenation. The place is widely known as the “City of Sculptures”. Kozhikode, in fact, is ranked as the second-best city in India to reside in. Apart from its various tourist attraction spots, the city spans a geographical area of about 200 square miles and every year the city accommodates a large number of tourists and visitors. The central Kozhikode beach, is indeed, a popular spot
for watching the sunset. The place is highly mystical in itself. Not to forget, the place is sometimes referred to as The Lonely Planet because not many of the tourists have visited here and the population as well is not very high. The place is enriched with varied species and plantations which make Kozhikode a perfect and magical destination for a nature lover. Earlier, the place was a
great interest for traders and commercial buyers and was called as the capital of Zamorins. Presently, Kozhikode is a place of magnificent beauty basked in the idyllic setting of serene Arabian sea and Wayanad hills. Succinctly, Kozhikode is a tranquil and ravishing destination for all your vacations.
Kovalam is located along the coastline of the Arabian Sea in the state of Kerala to the south of Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the best places to set your mind and body relax. After spending hours stuck in offices and living a life of stress and worry, every one of us needs to unwind and relax. And the best medicine for a tired soul is the comforting lap of mother nature. And Kovalam
has everything that one may require. It’s most famous for its three pristine beaches – Kovalam beach, Lighthouse beach, and Samudra beach, where one can enjoy the serenity and be aware of breathing as it syncs with the wave of the ocean. Shallow water and low tidal waves make it perfect for surfing and motor boat riding. Not just water sports but Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic treatments. Yoga, meditation as well as for people who look for a peaceful environment, a home away from home, well this is it. Kovalam seems to have a little something for anyone. For people who crave for seafood, no place could be better. Kovalam provides different varieties of sea food. Kerala is filled with places like this and it is difficult to pick just one which fits out the idea of perfect vacation spot. Fixed with scenic views which can take your breath away or maybe fix you with the energy to live life to the fullest.
Rightful words said by the literary genius Roald Dahl completely that only those who believe in magic sees it befits our small city of BEKAL located among forests, mountains and lake along with some Bengali cuisine. Kasaragod is the Northern most district of Kerala usually renowned as the land of forts, Gods, hill, rivers and beautiful beaches. Where do you get a combination of hills, plains and beaches the same time? Such is the geographical dynamics of Kasaragod. Bekal is a small town in the Kasaragod district on the West coast of the state
of Kerala, India. Located amongst the coastline of Malabar is Bekal known for its scenic beaches, and backwaters. This place in Kerala was listed 7th in the top 40 places to visit in Asia by The
Lonely planet. It also mentions that northern Kerala is usually under considered and underestimated in spite of its scenic beauty and priceless natural richness. Bekal is considered to be 4th in ranking among places one must visit in Kerala.
Some places of interests in Bekal are
1. Bekal Fort: Built almost 300 years ago, Bekal Fort is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Narrating a story of its past Bekal Fort is a historic fort surrounded by a beautiful beach offering an enchanting view of Arabian Sea from its high observation tower where once the cannons were placed.The keyhole shaped lofty structure built by Shivyappa Nayaka for defence purpose stands still against the rocky shores of sea amusing its visitors with its finesse.
2. Bekal Fort Beach: The Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) have converted the whole expanse of Bekal fort area adding up to at least 35 acres of scenic resort quality beaches. The two statues of Theyyam chiselled and sculpted out of laterite and the famous mural paintings that Kerala has always been known for by the artisans of Nilambur are the important tourist
attractions. A rock garden, numerous vast children’s parks and illuminated walkways are the specialities of this place.
3. Nityanandashram Caves: Nityanandashram Caves are a set of 45 caves containing the Panchaloha sculpture of Swami Nityananda, which takes us in the ancient era.
A hill station amongst the tourist hub district of Idukki, Vagamon is usually known as the Scotland of Asia. It’s a desired and well-appreciated place by people throughout the state and weekend getaway for most of them. The main attraction of the place is the isolated cool climate unlike the rest of the state. It remains between 10 and 23℃ even during a summer day.Located
almost about a kilometre above sea level the place is an escape from all worldly problems. The nearest town Kottamala is about 15 km’s from Vagamon.
The town itself is like a maiden asleep. With greenery draped valleys and meadows, breathtaking pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls, a striking piece of art to summarize. It remains untouched by the evils of the commercial worlds and remains a remarkable masterstroke of nature. The road to Vagamon is in itself an experience. Clean rock cut roads enhanced with pine forests on both sides, it guides you to the paradise on earth. As you move ahead, wonderfully tree capped mountains and plains await your arrival. Vagamon provides with numerous adventures options and the tourism department has meticulously organised for trekking, mountaineering, paragliding and rock climbing facilities. The cuisine of the place lip-smacking too. There are several food joints each offering a different experience to your taste buds. The different peak towns of the place are Kurisumala, Thangal and Murugan hills and each has a religious sentiment to it. There are various farms in these hills maintained by monks which are also worth a visit. The place to be described in words is next to impossible. It’s a feeling, a sentiment which can only be experienced. It makes you fall hard on the laps of nature.
The picturesque town of Gavi, located in Pathanamthitta district is one of the must visit places in India. This serene tourist village is a newly found haven for eco-tourists who want their soul satiated with its lush greenery which evokes multitudes of emotions. While there are trains that service nearby location but the best route isbelieved to be through the Main Central Road through Vandiperiyar, 28 kilometres away from Gavi. Being a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, it plays host to a wide range of flora and fauna which make the stay in Gavi a
breathtaking one which offers a chance to be one with nature and its creations. The world acclaimed tourist major Alistair International has also cited Gavi as one of the must see places for eco tourism. It hosts a plethora of opportunities for the urban tourist. One can immerse themselves into an aromatic world of spices with its cardamom plantations, and get familiar with the production process. It is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, as it plays hosts to multitudes of tropical species and various endangered species including the famous Nilgiri
Tahr which also find its spot on the IUCN Red List and the cherished Kerala elephants can also be spotted easily. It is also a great place for bird watchers and ornithologists as it houses more
than 260 species of birds which in itself describes the rich flora and fauna of Gavi. Gavi is famous for Gopher wood which has several mentions in The Bible. The forest department of Gavi to boasts of the unique diversity oftimber and vegetation in the area. The nearest railway station to reach Gavi Is
Chegannur railway station located approximately 115 km’s away.
What if I tell you the beautifully overwhelming waterfalls shown in the movie “Baahubal” are not a product of VFX? That such beauty actually exists ? It’s high time you booked a flight to God’s own country, kerala and witnessed this phenomenon. Also known as the “Niagra falls of India”, Athirappilly Falls are situated in Thrissur district of Kerala. Originating from the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats, it is an 80ft high and 330ft wide waterfall. Just standing there, in the womb of the lush green Sholayar range, satiating your eyes with this majestic view, your ears with the music of the nature is an altogether otherworldly feeling- a feeling of magnificence as well as insignificance. Apart from this, the area is home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, and is surrounded by pure, unadulterated villages. It also has some water parks and resorts in the vicinity. Daily jungle trips are also organised through the nearby Ayyampuzha forest.The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearby places to visit in Athirapally. It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc. The best time to visit this place is from September to January. You can easily reach Athirapilly falls through three routes via Valparai, Angamaly and Chalakudy. The nearest railway station to Athirapally falls is Chalakukudy which is 35km away. The closest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 40 km away. So what are you waiting for? Pack your toothbrush, some clothes and dive right into the lap of nature.
Positioned towards the northeastern side of the state Kerala, Wayanad has a deep historical heritage. The district has evidences of human settlement dating back to the New Stone Age Civilisation. The dictrict boasts of human settlements that existed atleast 10 centuries before Christ. The caves of Edakkal have rock engravings that are atleast about 6000years old dating from the Neolithic age. The history of Wayanad is very rich. Many kingdoms have passed by through the ages including significant ones Sultans and the Vijayanagara empire. Situated towards the southern most tip of the Deccan plateau, the land is known for its soothing climate and dense lush green forests and fog draped hills. Wayanad is known as the spice garden of the south and hence the agricultural richness of the land is very much obvious. The Wayanad adventure camp located on the shores of Karlad lake is one among the many experiences and adventure enthusiast must experience. It offers various activities inlcuding rock climbings, kayaking, boating, zipline, etc. The trekking trails on the hills of Wayanad are also worth an experience. There are numerous delights offered by nature like vicious waterfalls, numerous caves, and various other bird and animal watching sites. The district has been a tourist attraction for years now for it’s favourable and calm climate
and the exotic range of products that it offers including locally grown tea, spices, natural herbs and plants, coffee, various bamboo products and wild honey. Neelimala summit also offers a generous view for spectators of the Meenmutty falls and Chethalayam falls. The nearest railway station to reach Wayanad is Calicut railway station which is approximately 62 kms away andthe nearest airport too is in Calicut at a distance of 65 kms.
A hill station in the Palakkad district of Kerala also known as the Gateway to Kerala. Nilliampathy is located at least about 60 kms from Pallakad . It is known as the God’s own villiage. It’s indeed a climb to reach Nelliampathy andas they say, the harder the climb, the sweeter the view. Nelliampathy isindeed an excellent example of nature at its best. It is a usual weekend
getaway drives to most of the people in and around Palakkad. The view fromthe peak of Nelliampathy is indeed breathing with the clouds engulping thewhole of the hills, carressing through the green valleys and meadows. The town of Nenmara is the nearest habitable town and the view of Nelliampathy is majestic and indeed a sight to behold. The whole of Nelliampathy is surrounded by tea and coffee plantations providing exotic products since ages. The Pothundi dam constructed as early as the 19 th century is the entrance to Nelliampathy. There are numerous viewpoints in Nelliampathy. Once such is Kesavan Para. Another significant viewpoint providing breathtaking views is Seetharkundu. The Ponthundi Dam is also a tourist attraction providing a blend of nature and human intervention with facilities of boating and picnics and picturesque views. Various hotels and resorts are available to the way to Nelliampathy among the 10 sharp hairpin bends that has to be dealt with. The Palagapandi estate is another tourist attraction located in Nelliampathy which has a bunglow built during the British times which now serves as a resort. Some nearby areas of Palagapandi also has cardamom plantations. Nelliampathy also boasts of its rich wildlife including leopards, elephants and Indian gaur.
The foothills of the Western Ghats passes a river named Malampuzha. And derived from the name of the river is a little town ship named Malampuzha. A mighty dam is built on the river Malampuzha acting as the biggest water reservoir in the state of Kerala. Being a tributary of the river Bharathapuzha, it’s known to be the longest river in Kerala. Malampuzha is located near
Palakkad. The dam stands 355 feet high and stretches up to 220 metres. The dam was built in 6 years completed in 1955. Located 10 km’s away from Palakkad the dam is a tourist attraction and a weekend getaway due to the amusement parks, ropeway sightseeing, rock gardens and boating facilities provided nearby Malampuzha. There are various other attractions in Malampuzha. The ropeway is the most thrilling experience providing the perfect aerial view of the entire garden, the dam, and the river, It is the most significant speciality of Malampuzha. Various trekking tracks also exist with fantasy parks and toy trains for kids. There is an Entrance garden, Yakshi garden, Japanese garden and an upper garden built with utmost precision and
skill that you remain astounded and skip a beat at the first look of it. There is a fish shaped aquarium in Malampuzha showcasing various species of fishes. There are various other parks such as Chess board park and Maze park providing excellent natural experiences and fun time. The rock garden has caught much attention over the years as it is solely made of waste materials,
broken bangles, rocks, tins and plastic cans. It was built by a Padmasree sculptor Neck Chand Saini. The nearest railway station is in Palakkad whereas the nearest airport is Coimbatore international airport about 67 km’s from Malampuzha.
Silent valley national park located amongst the Nilgiri hills also known as “The Blue Mountains” is situated in Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. The name silent valley was given by botanist Robert Wight who claims right to have discovered the area for its rich flora and fauna. The absence of noisy insects named cicadas made him name the area “The Silent Valley”. Located
in the northeastern part of Pallakad the valley stands to overlook the Mannarkkad area. It’s a very unique and sensitive set of evergreen forests which haven’t claimed existence in any other part of the world. The Silent Valley national park is the heart of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve as it’s the richest storehouse of biodiversity. The silent valley is indeed a paradise for botanist and professional scientist. The climate of the place is cool and calm with ample rains during summers and monsoons. The river Kunthi passing through the valley is another beauty in itself gushing through the entire reserve. The safari ride through the National park is a really wonderful experience but prior booking has to be done. The valley provides with good trekking paths to the top and is very much sought by adventure enthusiast. The park is filled with various species of wild animals, numerous amount of butterflies, hundreds of rare birds, up to 400 different kinds of moths and
various other migratory birds too. Some rare species with is restricted just to the area are Great Indian Hornbill, Lion tailed Macaque, Ceylon frog moth and Nilgiri laughing Trush. The nearest railway station is Palakkad which is about 69 km away and the nearest airport is Coimbatore which is 91kms away.
Kochi, formerly known as Cochin is a city in Kerala. Also known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it is one of the principal tourist destinations of Kerala. It flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. Kochi offers a vast potpourri of scenic beauty to its visitors. Ranging from lagoons, hills, waterfalls, it also boasts of some fantastic forts and palaces. Vypeen island zone is a small group of islands where the ethereal vembanad lake merges with the Arabian sea.
Backwaters of kochi are a chain of brackish lagoons which also have the longest lake of India. One of the most unique places in kochi are the Chinese fishing nets that signify the good relations between the ancient Chinese emperors and the Cochin kings. Other picturesque places like the athirapilly waterfalls, Cherai beach, Marine drive, yatches will leave you awestruck. If you are a history buff, this place will not leave you disappointment. Kochi has long history, and manifests it in the form of places like Fort Kochi, hill Palace, mattancherry Palace, Jewish synagogue etc. The museum of Kerala history showcases a spectacular light and sound show depicting the state’s history. Kochi has been a melting point of many culture and thus will be an amazing
experience for you. The best time to visit this city is from October to February. It is a well connected city and can be reached by air, train as well as bus.
Varkala is not a well known yet a beautiful tourist destination for a getaway or religious pilgrimage. It has a scent of freshness in its air, given the untouched beaches, surrounding hills, springs and fisheries. It is located north-west of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and south-west of Kollam. There exist a large sedimentation of tertiary rock which the Geological survey of India has
termed as Varkala Formation and is treated as a geological monument. One must visit the Papanasam Beach, Varkala Beach which offers a number of activities including paragliding and parasailing, Kappil Lake and lighthouses in the area. Counted as one of the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by discovery channel, this beach has a stunning beauty of landscapes, brown
sand, and sea. It’s a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers a striking sunset views. Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year- old Janardana Swami Temple which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties. On a nearby hill, the ancient Janardanaswamy Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Vishnu. Farther inland, the Sivagiri Mutt monument memorializes the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, who is buried here.