Places to Visit in Kerala
Munnar is a popular hill-station of Kerala situated at an altitude of 1600 metres above the sea level in the Western Ghats. Famous for its tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, enormous peaks, Munnar is also known as the ‘Kashmir of South India’.
Divided into two regions one as Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is located, and second as Munnar, where the bus station, market and most guest houses are located. Major attractions are the Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and tea plantations.
The first thing that comes to mind for the most travel enthusiast when they hear the word Alleppey is its famous backwaters. Also called as Alappuzha, Alleppey is a city in the South Indian state of Kerala.
Famous for its Houseboat cruises that pass through the backwaters, where you can catch glimpses of green paddy fields, beauty of the backwaters and witness the life of locals in Kerala. Towards the coast lies the Alleppey beach in the Arabian Sea, one of the most beautiful beaches along the Arabian Coast.
The appeal of the beach is tremendously increased because of its history attached to it, and a remarkable walk down of 137-year old pier. This is a must visit place on your trip to Kerala.
If you want to experience a jungle vacation Thekkady is the place, home to the country’s largest Tiger Reserve-Periyar. The major attraction of Thekkady is Periyar National Park, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Dam Mullaiperiyar, hiking and also a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.
The early morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is an awesome experience and you might be able to spot wild elephants, bisons, wild boars, various kinds of birds.
4. Varkala :
Famous for its unique 15m high “Northern cliff” adjacent to the Arabian sea varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala. It is popular for its shacks on the cliff serving delicious seafood, hippie culture and global music.
Varkala is also famous for Jardana Swami Temple, it is also called as Dakshin Kashi. It is also known as the little paradise of Kerala.
5. Poovar : Poovar is a town located 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with its breathtaking, unexplored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala.
Also famous as a fishing village, the Poovar island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River. Hiring a boat, (mostly during the sunset)that will take you through the mangrove forest of backwaters is a must-do activity. Poovar beach is not easy to reach and is only accessible by a boats.
6. Kochi or Cochin:
Located at the south-west coastal region of India, Kochi (Cochin) is a busy commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 6 centuries. It is the commercial, financial as well as industrial capital of the state of Kerala.
The city is marked by influences of various cultures Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of the Chera Dynasty and the rule of the Feudal Lords since it has been a important trading out post throughout the centuries.
Kochi has been strategically important to India as it is a major harbor city on the west-coast and a important trade center because of this it is also called “The Queen of Arabian Sea”.
7. Kovalam :
Kovalam essentially means a ‘grove of coconut trees’, it is a coastal town located around 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Renowned for its three adjacent crescent-shaped shallow water and low tidal beaches, Kovalam is famous for its resorts and beaches.
Earlier a fishing village, Kovalam started attracting tourists in the 1930s and risen to fame in the hippie era of 1970s. It still sees the number of tourists from Israel and Europe. Lighthouse beach, Samudra Beach and Hawa beach(Eve’s Beach)are the highlight of this town.
Although located in the state Tamil Nadu travellers have it on their to do list while visiting Kerala since it is in close proximity to it. Famously known as “The land of three seas”
Kanyakumari is a beautiful town loacated on the southernmost tip of India. Previously known as the cape of Comorin, kanyakumari is not only famous for its unique geographical phenomenon but also is famous for its beautiful beaches, waterfalls, temples and churches.
The Kanyakumari temple(Bhagvaty Amman Temple or the Kumari Amman) is one of the major Hindu pilgrim sites in the country. Bulit for the goddess Kumari Amman, the mention of this temple is found in various hindu scripts and people visit the temple to pay their respects to virgin Goddess Kanya Devi.
Also other places to visit are the Vivekananda Roack Memorial, the Statue of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar on of the famous tamil poet india has ever seen. The Kanyakumari beach is not very crowded as compared to other beaches which makes it an ideal place to enjoy the sunset with your loved ones. The local cusine mainly consists of seafood and coconuts are they are available in plenty.
Kanyakumari offers a large variety of menus for the travellers from light snacks to full course gourmet menu. You can buy various souvenirs, decorative seashell trinkets from shacks and stalls near the sea.
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Best time to Visit Kerala :
Between October and May is the best time to Kerala as the weather is quite pleasant & bright. It is recommended to avoid this tour in monsoon because of the heavy rainfall.