Tourist Places in Kerala
Kerala, widely known as God’s own Country, is the state laden with innumerable attractions that win the heart of every visitor. Be it honeymooners, adventure seekers, leisure travellers, pilgrim devotes or visitors wanting to come across exotic holidays, Kerala has something special to suffice all. This lush state is blessed with vast stretches of shimmering beaches, serene backwaters, houseboat cruising, romantic honeymoon sites, aromatic spice & tea gardens as well as abundant flora and fauna in various wildlife sanctuaries and parks.
There are numerous tourist places in Kerala that include:
Trivandrum and Kovalam: Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala. It is a popular tourist place in Kerala and is renowned for Padmanabha Swamy Temple that is one of the 108 temples revered to the Vaishnavites in India. Inside the temple only Hindu devotees are allowed. Other famous tourist attractions in Trivandrum include Chitra Art Gallery, Napier Museum and the Observatory. The capital city is also recognized as home to the eminent ancient martial art form known as ‘Kalarippayattu’. While being in Trivandrum one can pamper oneself at the Ayur Heath Centre and Ayurveda College.
Kovalam: Sited at a distance of about 11 kms from the capital city, Kovalam is recognized for its immaculate beach. You can even explore Kanyakumari, one of the eminent tourist destinations in India, from here. Kanykumari is renowned for its breathtaking sunset & sunrise views. It is about 90 kms away from Kovalam.
While being in Kanyakumari one can explore Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Wax Museum as well as Mathur Hanging Bridge.
Kochi (Cochin): It is an eminent port city of India and is mostly recognized for its beaches & monumental heritage. While being in Kochi one can explore Fort Kochi Beach, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Hill Palace, Jew Town & Spice Market, Willingdon Island,Greenix Village, Sunset Cruising & Bolgatty Palace.
Alleppey & Kumarakom: Alleppey is one of the renowned tourist destinations in Kerala. It is popularly known for its stunning backwater backdrop. Recognized for houseboat cruising the city also is home to the famous Shree Krishna Temple. The best time to explore the city is in the month of August.
Kumarakom is about 40 kms away from Alleppey. It is one of the paradisiacal backwater destinations of Kerala. it is close to the Vembanad Lake. Apart from fishing, visitors can explore the renowned Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. One can also explore Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Planning one night tour in houseboat to Alleppey and one night in Kumarakom is great tour plan.
Munnar & Wayanad: Amongst all the hill stations in Kerala, Munnar is most explored. Recognized for its lush tea plantations, the major attractions in Munnar include tea estates, churches, waterfalls, dams along with the Eravikulam National Park. Visitors are suggested not to miss elephant safari at Munnar’s wildlife parks and shopping of spices and tea from local shops.
With a number of tourist attractions laid in this hill station, tourists are needed to plan at least two to three days tour to Munnar. The famous attractions of Munnar include Cheeyapara Falls, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Mattupetti Dam and Rose Garden. If you visit Munnar for two days then you can also plan for a trip to Marayoor. It is sited at a distance of 42 kms from Munanr and is famous for its Sandalwood forests; along with Sandalwood factory being the major attraction of this site. Other attractions that you can explore in Marayoor include Muniyara Caves, Rajiv Gandhi Children’s Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wayanad is also a major hill station destination in Kerala. The site is eminent for its wildlife, heritage, exotic panoramic landscapes and fragrant spice gardens. Trekking is an enjoyable activity that you can relish at the Eddakal Cave in Wayanad.
Thekkady: It is home to the famous Periyar National Park. Thekkady is one of the popular tourist destinations in Kerala. The place is around 165 kms away from Kochi and 100 kms from Munanr. Apart from the eminent Periyar National Park, Thekkady is also known for a number of other attractions. These attractions include Mangaladevi Temple and the Tribal Heritage Museum. While being in Periyar National Park, do not miss the elephant safari. Tourists are recommended to spend at least 1 night in Thekkady.
Guruvaroor : Located about 29 kms west of Thrissur, Guruvayoor is a famous pilgrim destination of Kerala. The holy place is especially famous for its Sri Krishna Temple. This temple is also recognized as “Bhooloka Vaikuntam” it means “Holy Abod of Lord Vishnu on Earth”. This temple attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors every year. Only Hindu can enter the temple.
Kozhikode, Kollam and Varkala: Kozhikode also known as Calicut is a famous city with tranquil beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and historical sites. Kozikhode or Calicut beach is a popular tourist attraction that is located around one km from the city. Tourist can catch stunning sunset views. Around 10 kms away is the Beypore that is renowned for its port. This port is the oldest port in Kerala having historical importance.
71 kms north of Trivandrum is, Kollam, which is sited on the banks of Asthamudi Lake. This ancient sea port town with its mountains, lakes, backwaters and streams is a magnificent place to visit during Kerala tours. 37 kms south of Kollam, lays Varkala that is famous for its serene beach.
You can explore all these tourist places in Kerala during your Kerala tours.