Kerala is located in the tropical Malabar coast of South India and is famous for its historical temples, churches, forts, monuments, museums, backwaters, interconnected canals, waterfalls, rivers, silent lakes, palm lined beaches, scary forests, exquisite dams and reservoirs and is also famous for the lofty mountains sprawling with tea, coffee and variety of spice plantations which is loved by people all over the world. If you think of a vacation Kerala is the ideal place which attracts from a child to older person and the whole family can enjoy the holiday. Kerala being God’s own country of India is famous for many tourist spots and we are going to see few of top ten tourist destinations below:
Top ten tourist destinations in Kerala and top places to visit
Kochi part of Ernakulam district is called as ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ and was the only spice trading centre in India from 14th century. Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs, Chinese and the British have left their impressions in the town which lead to the Fort Kochi to be world famous.
Top places to visit: Jew Town, Cherai Beach, Mattancherry Palace, Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple and many more.
Munnar always stands first in the top ten tourist destinations in Kerala as it is the most popular hill station with misty valleys and a soothing cold weather. The sprawling tea plantations on the mountain slopes are a gift to the eyes. We can locate many number of organic tea estates all over the hill and a drive in the narrow roads here will be adventurous. Three rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathani and kundaly merge in one place in this beautiful hill station. It has the famous and highest Anaimudi peak of South India. Name itself says it is elephant’s forehead and is the Everest of South India. It is 5200ft above sea level in the Western Ghats range of mountains, best place for trekking. Munnar is specially known for endemic species including Nilgiri thar, Nilgiri langur, elephant, and sambar. There is a famous flower which blossoms once in 12yrs called as Neelakurinji.
Top places to visit: Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Anaimudi Peak, Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Anayirangal dam, Mattupetty dam, Top station, Attukad Waterfalls, Kundala lake, Thoovanam Falls, Lakhom Falls, Meesapulimala and many more.
Wayanad is the land of paddy fields and is called as ‘Green Paradise’. Like other top destinations Wayanad is also heavenly place with nature beauty, tribal tradition and wildlife and is popular place for trekking and is a best tourist destination in Kerala where we can go any month of the year to enjoy the weather.
Top places to visit: Chembra Peak, Lakkidi, Neelimala, Tusharagiri Waterfalls, Kalpetta, Banasura Sagar Dam, Meenmutty waterfalls and Sentinel Rockfalls.
Thekkady is popularly known for the Periyar wildlife sanctuary which is a very important Tiger reserve of the country located in Idukki district. This thick evergreen forest and the scenic beauty attract tourists the whole year from all over the world. The hill is decorated with scented spice plantations. Early morning boat cruise in Periyar Lake is famous as we can spot few animals which come to drink water. There are over 60 species which include the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Indian Bison, Sambar Deer, Indian Wild Dog, Leopard, Barking Deer, Nilgiri Thar, Lion Tailed Macaque and the Smooth-Coated Otter. Besides these there are 265 species of migrant birds, reptiles, amphibians and Pisces
Top places to visit: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi Forest, Spice walk, Mullaperiyar Dam, Chellarkovil Viewpoint and Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.
Kovalam is not only the top tourist destination of Kerala; it is one of the best beaches in India with three adjacent crescent beaches attracting tourists who love the relaxation in sun.
Kerala is well known for Ayurvedic treatments and this place is one among the best for Ayurvedic treatments and powerful strong deep massages. Dec to Feb is the best time to enjoy the sunbathing, swimming and catamaran cruising.
Top places to visit: Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, Samudra Beach, Neyyar Dam, Vellayani Lake and Kovalam Fish Market
Varkala is one of the best seaside destination with a high cliff and is famous for sun bathing, boat riding, surfing and massages. Papanasham beach, an important pilgrim is believed to wash away the impurities and sins.
Top places to visit: Varkala Beach, Janardhana Temple, Sivagiri Mutt and Kappil Lake.
Alleppey means immediately we can visualize the luxurious houseboats sailing in the calm backwaters. Also known as Alappuzha stands in the top ten tourist destinations in Kerala as you cannot get this kind of an experience even in foreign cruise. Lord Curzon had mentioned this place as “Venice of the East”. This is where you can enjoy seeing the fishing with netting, water lilies, ducks and other birds in water and enjoy the moonlight in the midst of the lake which will give a new energy to your body and soul. Sep to May is the best time for backwater trips.
Top places to visit: Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Arthunkal Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach.
Kumarakom situated near the Vembanad Lake is a best destination for recreation. You can make your holiday beautiful with house boat cruising, fishing and sightseeing experiencing the soothing fresh air. If you want to just relax and relieve your stress Kumarakom is the best option. It is spread across 14 acres and you can enjoy watching the migratory birds.
Top places to visit: Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Kumarakom Beach, St. Mary’s Church, etc
Thiruvananthapuram is a historical place which is city of Lord Anantha. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple in the heart of the city is a mix of Dravidian and Kerala architectural style is known as richest temple all over the world.
Top places to visit: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Poovar Island, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kovalam Beach, Napier Museum, etc.
Kozhikode which is also known as Calicut was the main trading centre in olden days. Vasco da Gama was the first person who landed Calicut in search of spices and then followed by English and Dutch people.
Top places to visit: Kappad Beach, Tali Temple, Mananchira Square, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, and many more.