Kerala is known as God’s Own Country and is spellbound when you travel around the beautiful state. Kerala is the place where one of the oldest forms of Martial Arts, Kalaripayattu originated and is said to be one of the oldest still existing martial arts in the world. You find the best beaches, a nice cool hill stations, backwaters, hamlets and commercial cities here in the state of Kerala where you can explore them all. Its rich culture and spices, traditional dance and martial arts, tea and food attracts people from all over the world to this beautiful state of India and is dubbed as a must-visit tourist destination in India.
Here are 5 places you should visit once you land here at the beautiful state of Kerala.
Alappuzha formerly known as Alleppey is a city in Alappuzha district in Kerala. Famous for its backwaters, Alappuzha is one of cleanest towns in India and is one of the third literate districts in India. Located around 50km from the capital of Kerala, Alappuzha is famous for its boathouses plying on the backwaters. Best visited after Monsoon, Alappuzha is known not only for Boat Houses but also for paddy fields, chapels and fishing lakes. You can visit Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakonam Bird Sanctuary and Marari Beach etc while on your visit to Kerala. Do not miss the annual Boat race held in the month of August which is most celebrated here.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in Iuka District of Kerala. Known for its serene hills, Munnar is called Kashmir of South India. Located around 1600m above sea level, you can experience cool climate all year round. On your visit, you can notice there are 4 major directions in Munnar namely Mattupatty Direction, Thekkedy Direction, Adimaly Direction and Coimbatore Direction. All of these directions have several places of attraction such as Rose Garden, Mattupatty Dam, Carmelagiri Elephant Park, Idly Hill View Point, Pothamedu View Point, and Anamudi Peak etc. You can visit either of these places depending on your interest. Munnar is well connected by road and it lies around 150km from Ernakulum.
Located in the city of Kottayam, Kumarakom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala and is near to the Vembanad Lake one of the largest lakes in Kerala. Here you can experience authentic Kerala cuisine, fresh air, backwaters and coconuts which are fresh. Also, you can visit here for amazing waterways, lakes, coconut groves and thick mangrove forests. Houseboats here offer you privacy compared to Alappuzha or if you wish to stay in Resort, Kumarakom offers some amazing resorts to stay. It is best to visit this place after Monsoon ends and you can explore serene places of Kumarakom after monsoon when vegetation blooms.
Located in midst of Periyar national park is one of must-visit place in Kerala. Located in the midst of National Park, you are in for many surprises daily. The forest is known for its dense evergreen, moist deciduous and savannah grasslands and is home for elephants, tigers, and Niligiri Langurs and Lion-tailed macaques. You can trek, boat and explore wildlife here at Thekkady. Here you can also buy spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg etc as it is famous for it. One of the most popular trails in South India, Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is also situated here. Visit this place during the months of November to May as you can explore local flora and fauna along with a cold climate that this place offers.
Idukki is one of the best places in Kerala which is perfect for treks, nature walks, bird watching. Best visited by nature travellers, enthusiast and for photographers, Idukki is visited for its natural attractions that are mostly untouched. On your visit to Idukki, you can visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Ramakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch Dam and Cheeyappara Waterfalls. Best visited during the months of August to January, the nearest airport is Kochi International Airport.