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places to visit in Kerala

Tourist Places in Kerala

Tourist Places in Kerala

places to visit in Kerala

Blessed with the natural beauty in abundance, Kerala happens to be a major tourist destination. This Indian state has a plethora of natural attractions, centuries-old temples, backwaters, and pristine beaches, commercial centers, hamlets, and the list goes on. Additionally, Kerala has warm and welcoming people as well as a pleasant climate that draws the attention of tourists from all over the world.

You could plan your trip to Kerala with family and friends and explore the wonderful and unexploited gems in this state. The tourist destinations here are paradise to nature lovers. Filled with lush greenery and incredible species of flora and fauna, Kerala has a lot to offer to its tourists. Plan a family vacation, fun holiday, or a honeymoon getaway to Kerala and discover some serene and captivating locations in the state. Here we’ve compiled a list of the top places to visit in Kerala. Let’s have a look:

1. Alleppey – Houseboat Stays and Backwater Trips

places to visit in Kerala - Alleppey Houseboat Stays and Backwater Trips

Are you looking for a tranquil tourist destination with a calm climate and lots of exciting activities? Well, Alleppey is one of the tourist’s favorite destinations in Kerala. Famous for its backwater trips and houseboat stays, Alleppey attracts tourists in large numbers throughout the year.

If you are planning a stay in Kerala for a few weeks, remember to schedule a 3-days trip to Alleppey and make the most of your Kerala’s tour. It is quite fun to have the delicious coconut and banana leaves in your meals here. Overall, Alleppey has everything a nature-lover would like to explore in Kerala. There is no special time to visit Alleppey, but September to May makes the best months for Kerala tourism. You can board a train to Alleppey or hire a rental taxi to get here.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Alleppey are Marari Beach, Sri Krishna Temple, Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Punnamada Lake, and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. A 3-day trip is all you need to discover all popular places here, but you could also extend your tour for a week (if you can’t get enough of Alleppey).

2. Munnar – An Ultimate Destination for Newly Weds

places to visit in Kerala - Munnar – An Ultimate Destination for Newly Weds

Munnar, which happened to be a summer capital during the colonial period, is a popular and one of the most-visited hill stations in Kerala. Situated at an elevation of 1600 meters, Munnar is known for its fascinating tea plantations, misty valleys, and mountainous locations.

Munnar, also known as the Kashmir of South India, boasts lush greenery and natural vegetation. In addition, this Kerala’s most popular hill station houses some endangered animals including Neelakurinji and Nilgiri. Not only is it popular for the lush-greenery and fascinating tourist destinations, but Munnar has Kerala’s coziest and warm resorts. Indeed, it is a perfect honeymoon destination. The nearest railway station i.e. Aluva Railway Station is located at 110 kilometers distance from the hill station. You can book a rental car to reach Munnar.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Atukkad Waterfalls, Tata Tea or KDHP Museum, Photo Point, Echo Point, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Kundala Lake, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Eravikulam National Park, Pothamedu View Point, and Blossom Park are some of the major tourist attractions here.

3. Kumarakom – A Perfect Destination for Beach lovers

places to visit in Kerala - Kumarakom – A Perfect Destination for Beach lovers

Kumarakom is home to migratory birds. Situated in proximity to Kottayam, Kumarakom is a heaven for tourists who are fond of birds and backwaters. The site houses a 14-acre bird sanctuary, where you could spot migratory birds flying around the backwaters. Another must-visit location in Kumarakom is Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the city. It is the ultimate destination for tourists who want to capture sunrise or sunset views. Spend some relaxing hours at Vembanad Lake and observe the magnificent beauty of Kerala.

If you are an adventure junkie, Kumarakom has pristine lakes and backwaters. Rent a boat and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing experience of the nearby attractions. Other adventure activities you get to perform here are houseboat stay, cruising, and fishing. Kumarakom is also famous for its top-quality Ayurvedic massage centers. What’s a better way to unwind and free your body from anxiety and stress than getting a relaxing Ayurvedic massage? The nearest railway station is located at 16 kilometers distance from Kumarakom.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Places to explore in Kumarakom are Cheriyapally, Juma Masjid, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Beach and Backwaters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and Pathirmala Island here.

4. Thekkady – Spot Kerala’s Wildlife and Plantations

best places to visit in Kerala - Thekkady – Spot Kerala’s Wildlife and Plantations

Who wouldn’t want to spot endangered species and wonderful wildlife in Kerala while on a cruise? If you want to explore Kerala’s wildlife, schedule a visit to Thekkady and get a golden opportunity to capture tigers, deer, elephants, bison, Great Indian Tigers, Sambar, Lion-tailed Macaques, Gaurs, boars and lots of rare animal species.

Thekkady is a Kerala’s gem covered in thick forests and natural vegetation. The site features exotic wildlife and plantations. In addition to sightseeing, Thekkady allows boating and trekking. Start your trek from Moozhiyar and walk all the way up to Thekkady Gavi while exploring the picturesque views on your way. Kottayam Railway station is around 3 hours drive from Thekkady. You could reach Kottayam by train and catch a bus or private taxi to reach your final destination.

Popular Tourist attractions

The places of interest in Thekkady are Mangala Devi Temple, Periyar National Park, and Wildlife Sanctuary, Deepa World Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, Vadanmedu, Elephant Junction, Periyar Lake, Periyar Tiger Trail, and more.

5. Varkala – a Paradise for Water-Enthusiasts

 places to visit in Kerala - Varkala – a Paradise for Water-Enthusiasts

The 2-days itinerary to Varkala will take you to the pristine beaches, cliffs, and charming landscape. Varkala is especially recognized for its Ayurvedic Massage centers, captivating beaches, serene atmosphere, and majestic mountains. The scenic views surrounding the beaches will keep you engaged for hours. The most popular fun activities in Varkala are boat riding, Parasailing, horse riding, surfing, and jetting. You could also go swimming to perform some physical activity and attain mental relaxation. The crystal-clear waters and clean beaches make Varkala the tourist’s favorite weekend getaway destination. It is a perfect spot to spend some time away from the city’s crowd. You could relax on the beach or go swimming in clear waters. As much as fascinating Varkala is, it doesn’t receive a large number of tourists. This makes it an ultimate destination for peace-seekers cum nature lovers.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Spend a calm yet exciting evening here and explore the beauty of Kerala. Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Varkala include Sivagiri, Varkala Tunnel, Shree Jamardhanaswamy Temple, Papanasam Beach, Edava Beach, Sarkara Devi temple, Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah, Kappil Lake, Varkala Beach, Anjengo Fort, and more.

6. Kovalam – Explore the Three Largest Beaches

Kerala points of interest- Kovalam – Explore the Three Largest Beaches

Another serene location and one of the Kerala points of interest is Kovalam. A 16 kilometers drive from Trivandrum will lead you to Kovalam, a tourist attraction featuring three captivating beaches. If you are a beach lover, you should definitely plan a trip to Kovalam. It has Kerala’s largest and most popular beaches that allow tourists to engage in some fun and interesting water sports such as Parasailing. The site features a crescent-shaped shoreline, which looks extremely enchanting.

Located at 13 kilometers distance from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam is a pleasant and serene coastal city. The town is famous for housing three popular adjacent beaches. Surrounded by cozy resorts and Ayurvedic massage centers, Kovalam is a major tourist destination. The city receives tourists from all over the world, especially Israel and Europe. The site is best explored between September to May. Fortunately, Kovalam receives pleasant weather throughout the year. So, there is no particular season to plan a visit to this beach lover’s destination.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra are the three largest and fascinating beaches in Kovalam. In addition to beaches, tourists can explore quite a number of attractions including Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Jama Masjid, Rock Cut Caves, Valiathura Pier, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Karamana River, Akkulam Lake, The German Bakery, Edakallu, and Vellayani Lake.

7. Wayanad – Spend a Refreshing Vacation in Wayanad

Kerala destinations- Wayanad – Spend a Refreshing Vacation in Wayanad

Packed with prehistoric caves, cozy resorts, and splendid waterfalls, Wayanad is one of the best Kerala destinations for local and international tourists. The place is especially famous for its captivating wildlife and spice plantations.

Release your tensions by taking a stroll around the spice plantations here. Tourists can also go trekking to the historical caves to have some fun time in Wayanad. In addition to lush greenery and some fun activities, Wayanad is famous for its wildlife reserve. The place boasts an exquisite species of flora and fauna. The common wildlife species you will spot in Wayanad include leopards, bears, and elephants. Adventure lovers should plan a visit to Wayanad during monsoon. You will be able to enjoy trekking and other adventure sports during this season.

Popular Tourist Attractions

From unnamed waterfalls to spiritual places, Wayanad is a wonderful destination for all types of tourists. The major points of interest in the city include Thirunelli Temple, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Hill, Kabini Papanashini River, Lakkidi View Point, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Falls, Tree House, and Chembra Peak.

8. Poovar

Kerala destinations- Poovar

Poovar is a small, rural area located at a distance of 27 kilometers from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. This rustic town boasts unexploited golden sand beaches and enchanting backwaters. Famous for the crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, Poovar is an ultimate destination for tourists who plan on exploring Kerala’s magnificent beauty while being in the waters.

Water lovers can rent a boat that will pass through the thick mangrove forest. Being an isolated town, Poovar has secluded beaches that are only accessible through boats. You can go swimming in the waters here unless you are planning a trip during the monsoon. Surrounded by comfortable and luxurious resorts, Poovar beaches boast tranquility.

The nearest train route to Poovar is Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from the town.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Though there is not much to explore in Poovar (apart from beaches), this rustic town has amazing shopping centers and cultural places for tourists. Aazhimala Siva Temple, Poovar Beach, Thirpapappu Falls, Arjuna Backwaters, Vizhinjam, and The Fishing Village are major popular attractions in the town.

9. Kozhikode – The Commercial City

 places to visit in Kerala- Kozhikode – The Commercial City

Popularly known as The City of Spices and Sculptures, Kozhikode is one of the most vibrant metropolitan cities in Kerala. The town is the commercial center of Kerala. During the Zamorin era, Calicut was announced as the capital of Malabar. The combination of lush greenery, tranquil locations, commercial places, historic monuments, and culinary experiences make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination in the state.

Kozhikode is the biggest exporter of spices, rubber, oil, coffee, coconut, and other products. Tourists love to explore the Dutch cum British architecture here. You are going to love the delicious cuisines that are garnished with fresh and authentic spices. While in Kozhikode, don’t forget to taste Chatti Pathiri, Dum Biryani, and Dal Halwa. Tourists can either travel by train or air. The nearest airport to Calicut is only a 28 kilometers drive from the main city.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Not only a commercial center, but Kozhikode is a popular tourist destination with plenty of tourist attractions. The most famous attractions in the town are Payyoli Beach, Kallayi, Matri Devi Cathedral, Sargaalaya, Hilite Mall, Kappad Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Beypore, and more.

10. Bekal – Historic and Serene Tourist Destination

Kerala destinations- Bekal – Historic and Serene Tourist Destination

Bekal is a small, rustic city located in the Kasargod district. Though the town has plenty of beaches and tourist spots, it is specifically famous for the centuries-old Bekal Fort. The shooting of the famous movie Rang De Basanti took place within the premises of this fort. The fresh and cool sea breeze, a wonderful climate, and welcoming people make your Bekal trip the most memorable itinerary. The serene atmosphere and pristine beaches make Bekal one of the three popular honeymoon destinations in Kerala. Kasaragod is the nearest railway station to the city, located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Bekal. The best time to visit this rustic town is between September to May.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Surrounded by the Arabian sea on all three sides, Bekal Fort happens to be the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Other points of interest in the town are The Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kappil Beach, Bekal BeachAanthapura Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Pallikere Beach, Nityanandashram Caves, Chandragiri Fort, and more.

11. Idukki

Idukki- places to visit in Kerala.

Do you want to spend this weekend away from the city’s hustle and bustle? Schedule a trip to this country’s most serene location and escape your city’s crowd and noise. It is a perfect place for nature lovers, who are looking for a peaceful vacation. Filled with nature-rich attractions, a major portion of Idukki is dotted with woods.

The town is popular for the enchanting bungalows, thick forests, rubber and tea plantations, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantations, and exquisite waterfalls. Whether you want to explore nature to its fullest or improve your photography skills, Idukki is an ultimate destination to fulfill your dream vacation goals. The specialty of the town is its high arch dam, which stands at an altitude of 550 feet. Moreover, Idukki is home to Anamudi (one of the highest mountains in India). The city is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers, photographers, peace seekers, and wildlife lovers. From an exclusive range of bird species to bumpy yet exciting terrains, Idukki has it all for you.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Apart from tea, spice, and rubber plantations, Idukki has quite a few tourist spots. Some of the popular ones include Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch Dam, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Gavi, Hill View Park, Nadukani, Kulamavu Dam, and Painavu.

12. Thrissur – the Cultural Capital

Kerala destinations- Thrissur – the Cultural Capital

The Cultural Capital of India is famous for the cultural activities practiced in this small, rustic town on special occasions such as Onam and Pooram. The city houses three Shiva temples, making it a sacred place for spiritual tourists. To explore the culture of Kerala, you should plan a visit to Thrissur. The best month to visit this city is between April and May i.e. when the famous cultural festival ‘Pooram’ is celebrated with enthusiasm here. In addition to festivals and cultural activities, Thrissur has scenic views and picturesque waterfalls for nature lovers.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Thrissur has some of the best places to visit in Kerala. The popular tourist attractions you must not miss out in this city are Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Snehatheeram Beach, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur Zoo, and Athirappilly Waterfalls.

13. Vythiri – a Charming Resort Town

best places to visit in Kerala - Vythiri – a Charming Resort Town

If you are planning a honeymoon trip, Vythiri is the most romantic and ideal honeymoon destination for newlyweds. Often known as the resort town of Kerala, Vythiri boasts the traditional yet exceptionally fascinating cottages, huts, and treehouses. All these accommodation options are in the middle of the thick Wayanad wood, making it even more romantic and adventurous.

Located at an elevation of 700 meters in Wayanad, Vythiri houses 18 towns. The old and beautiful resorts coupled with a pleasant atmosphere and rejuvenating surroundings make Vythiri a must-visit tourist destination in Kerala. Tourists love to enjoy the perfect blend of old, cultural life and luxurious facilities. It’s an ideal tourist destination for people who want to go back to the traditional era and enjoy the hut and cottage life with all the basic amenities and lavish facilities. This resort town is only a 61 kilometers drive from Kozhikode. Tourists can also board a flight to Calicut, which is 74 kilometers from Vythiri.

Popular Tourist Attractions

This vibrant town nestled in Wayanad has lot more than cozy and traditional-style resorts for honeymoon couples. While in Vythiri, don’t miss out on the popular tourist attractions including Pookot Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak, Banasura Dam, and Soochipara Falls.

14. Kochi

Kochi - Popular Tourist Attractions

Kochi is associated with a strong commercial history that dates back to as many as 600 years ago. Also known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, this bustling city happens to be the commercial and financial capital of Kerala.

Kochi is often on the bucket list of all kinds of travelers out there. It greets its tourists with a perfect blend of cultural and modern attractions. The heritage hotels, shopping centers, and interesting are galleries in Kochi that leave people speechless. The city also houses a large number of temples and heritage sites that make this commercial capital of Kerala a dream destination for history buffs. If you want to get yourself immersed in the rich and exciting culture of Kerala, schedule a visit to Kochi and learn more about Kerala’s art and festivals. You will get to experience Kalarippayattu and Kathakali dance forms here. Kochi has a well-constructed railway route and airport for tourists. You could also hire a private car to enjoy sightseeing on the way.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Rich in cultural and commercial activities, Cochin makes a wonderful tourist city. Some of the popular places to visit in this exciting city are Chinese Fishing Nets, Willingdon Island, Marine Drive, Kochi Fort, Bolghatty Island, Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Cherai Beach, and Vypeen Beach.

15. Sabarimala

Sabarimala- Kerala destinations

Sabarimala is a holy site that receives up to 30 million pilgrims from across the world throughout the year. The palace happens to be the second-largest and most popular pilgrim sites after Mecca and Medina (the holy pilgrim spot for Muslims). Sabarimala houses Ayyapa Temple, also known as Dharma Sashta. The temple did not allow adult women (who had an active menstrual cycle) in the early days. However, the supreme court of India lifted the restriction in 2018. Nestled in the middle of a thick forest and 18 hills, the Sabarimala temple route makes a great trekking trail for adventure lovers.

Popular Attractions in Sabarimala

The popular places to visit in Sabarimala are Ayyappa Temple, Vavar Shrine, Erumeli, Pampa Ganapathy Temple, Makaravilakku, and Malikkapuram Devi Temple. These were the best tourist places in Kerala that every peace-seeker and nature-lover must visit. Plan a trip to Kerala and have a fun and exciting trip this vacation.

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