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.