Kerala, which is also known as the ‘God’s Own Country’, is famous for its backwaters, greenery, plantations, houseboats, sea food, and popular local drink called Toddy or Palm Wine. Kerala is also home to 12 sanctuaries such as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve; and 2 national parks such as Silent Valley National Park and Eravikulam National Park. The Kerala backwaters also see the popular Nehru Trophy Boat Race held here. There are many tourist places in Kerala. In fact, each tourist places in Kerala offers something new to travellers every time.
Alleppey or Alappuzha
A visit to Kerala is not complete without enjoying the calm and serene backwaters of Alleppey. It is also called the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ or the ‘Venice of the East’. You can rent a houseboat and enjoy your sail across the backwaters. The houseboat might come with modern amenities such as a toilet, living room, kitchen and even a balcony. You could also enjoy the local cuisines right at the houseboat. You could also enjoy your time at the Alleppey beach and/or visit ancient temples and churches such as Arthunkal Church and Ambalapuzha Temple. Krishnapuram Palace is another major attraction in Alleppey.
Best time to visit: You can visit Alleppey any time of the year.
This is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala as the hill station provides the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and relax. It is home to waterfalls, dams, sanctuaries, national parks, and many other sight-seeing places. You can do mountaineering, camping, hiking, trekking, rock climbing in Wayanad. You can trek the Chembra Peak, which is Wayanad’s highest peak, or visit Banasura Dam, which is India’s largest earth dam. Wayanad is also famous for its spices, and various plantations of cardamom and black pepper are seen across the hill station. You can also visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Soochipara Falls, Edakkal Caves, and Pookode Lake in Wayanad.
Best time to visit: Its cool weather makes Wayanad a tourist destination throughout the year.
Thekkady is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts as it boasts of one of the largest tiger reserves in India named the Periyar Tiger Reserve or the Periyar National Park. Apart from tigers, the reserve also has a significant number of elephants, while it is also home to wild animals such as leopards and Indian bison. You can take a jungle safari across the reserve. You can also undertake a boat ride in the Periyar Lake. Located at the Western Ghats of Kerala, Thekkady is also famous for trekking, hiking and mountaineering. Various plantations of tea and coffee and spices such as cardamom are also found here.
Best time to visit: You can visit Thekkady any time of the year.
Kochi or Cochin
The World Travel & Tourism Council has placed Kochi among the top three tourist destinations across the world. The port city is famous for its backwaters, beaches, churches and temples from the British era, spice plantations, and the Chinese fishing net. Kochi is also called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Fort Kochi, a fishing village known for its colonial architecture, and bamboo fishing nets, is a must-visit place in Kochi. Marine Drive, a beautiful promenade facing the backwaters in Kochi, is extremely popular among both locals and tourists. You can also visit Lulu Mall, Asia’s largest shopping mall, in Kochi.
Munnar is another popular hill station in Kerala. Located at the Western Ghats, Munnar provides a perfect green backdrop to chill out. The towering valleys and mountains and the rich flora and fauna surrounding it is a boon for trekkers, and campers. It is also home to endangered species such as Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr. Atukkad Waterfall in Munnar is a perfect romantic getaway for couples. You can also enjoy the safari ride at Eravikulam National Park or a boat ride in Kundala lake. Weather is pleasant throughout the year, but Munnar could experience heavy rainfall during the wet season.
Best time to visit: March to September
If you are a city person, then the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, will definitely suit you. Also, a visit to the Capital must be in the bucket list as it would tell you a lot about the state. The Capital is famous for its architecture and art galleries of the British era. It is also called the ‘Evergreen City of India’ and hosts a mix of rural and urban life. It offers various scenic beaches such as Shanghumugham Beach, falls such as Aruvi Waterfalls, and historical monuments such as Kuthiramalika Palace, which houses carved horses and collections of Travancore royal family.
Best time to visit: You can visit the Capital any time.