Top Ten Places to Visit in Kerala, India
Kerala, the land of coconuts, also known as God’s Country, is situated between the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east, in the southern region of India in Asia. Kerala is the cleanest and most advanced society in India with one hundred percent literacy. All of Kerala is blessed with abundant natural beauty.
1. Munnar – The beautiful hill station of Kerala, with a vast tea plantation, is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers, photographers and campers in Idukki. You can also enjoy a fantastic boat ride on the beautiful Madupetty Lake, visit Eravikulam National Park and see Nilgiri Tahrs in groups, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Kumili and more.
2. Kottayam – the highly sought after backwater holiday destination in Kumarakom. You can also visit the popular bird sanctuary here, enjoying the stunning beauty of the surrounding Vembanad Lake, Peermad Health Resorts, Idukki Reservoir, one of the major hydroelectric projects in Kerala, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, the famous Pilgrim Center in Sabarimala .
3. Kochi (Cochin), the queen of the Arabian sea has a lot to offer, such as the Chinese network, the Kochi fort, the church of San Francisco, the Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, temples, museums and more.
4. Thiruvananthapuram, (Trivandrum) – The capital city of Kerala has a lot to offer: beaches like Kovalam, Shanghumugham, Varkala, temples, museums, palaces, the tourist town of Veli, Kalari Payattu and more. Also the beautiful Kollam (Quilon) with museums, beaches, Lake Ashtamudi, temples and wildlife, is not far away.
5. Kannur (Cannanore) – Sea Arabain washing the sands on the long beaches like Muzhappilangad with drive-in facilities and other beaches; Ezhimala Hill with medicinal herbs, Pazhassinikadavu Snake Park, Pazhassi Dam, Temples, Arakkal Kottaram and Ayurveda Resorts. You can also visit the nearby fishing village Beypore to see the fishermen building the wooden boats of the countryside, and Thalassery (Tellicherry) just 70 km away, the church built by the famous European Malayalam scholar Dr. Gundert and Gundert Bungalow.
6. Kozhikode (Calicut) – Historical city on the Malabar coast, beaches like Kappad, museums and art galleries, temples, walks, backwaters and more.
7.Wayanad – Coffee, tea, pepper, rubber and cardamom plantations, Kalpetta mound with Jain cave shrines, Sulthan Bathery, magnificent crystal temple at Koottamunda, Chembra Peak, Pazhassi Tourist Resort, Vyittri, Lakkidi and the famous wildlife sanctuary of Wayanad.
8. Trissur – Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, Kerala Kala Mandalam in Cheruthuruthi for teaching classical dance in the Gurukul system, Punnathur Kotta, Vadakkunnatha Shiva Temple and Thrissur Pooram.
9. Alappuzha – popularly known as the Venice of the East, with an intricate network of canals, backwaters and bridges along the Vembanad Lake. Beach, Nehru Boat Race and more Aranmula Vallom Kali, Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple, Aranmula Partha Sarathy Temple, special metal mirrors called “Aranmula Kannadi”, Mannarshala Serpent Temple.
10. Palakkad – A picturesque place at the foot of the Western Ghats is the gateway to Kerala, with misty mountains, rivers and forests. Apart from Palkkad Fort, Kalpathi Shiva Temple and Malampuzha Dam, wildlife sanctuaries such as Parambikulam and Silent Valley National Park are also located here.
During the Onam harvest festival, the beauty of Kerala is further enhanced and becomes more colorful.