Kerala located in the tropical Malabar coast of India is well known for the palm lined serene beaches, mesmerizing backwaters, the incredible western ghats and the soothing climate. Kerala is one of the most visited tourist places in India which is known to be the “Gods own country”. Here are some must visit tourist places in Kerala, the tropical paradise.
- The backwaters of Alleppey
Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is the paradise for peace seekers. Placid backwaters, lush green traditional villages, and a cruise down the lakes in a houseboat with delicious Kerala cuisine will make your trip to the fullest. The houseboats found in Alappuzha’s backwaters are renovated versions of traditional Kettuvallams. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam term in which ‘Kettu’ means house and ‘Vallom’ means boat.
How to reach Alleppey – Nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport which is located at 75 km from Alleppey. The airport connects all major cities of India.
Where to stay – House boats are available with all facilities starting from 6,500 INR/night for a luxurious stay in the backwaters of Alleppey. Hotels are available within the range of 3000-7000 INR / night and local stays are also available there in Alleppey for budget trips.
Commercial capital of the state, Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, has welcomed ships from Asian and European countries to her harbour since the 14th century. Kochi the blend of multi cultures is a perfect location for every kind of happy souls. From busy towns to serene villages, it has everything to surprise a wanderlust. The Chinese fishing net, Mattanchery palace, a “kathakali “night and an ayurvedic treatment are the must try cochin things.
How to reach Kochi – Cochin International Airport is just 29 kms away from the prime locations in Kochi. Direct flights are available to all major cities.
Where to stay – There are many hotels to stay in Kochi for its vibrant, boutique experience. Hotels like Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort are best for enjoying the tranquil backwaters of Kochi.
Blessed with low and flinty hills, tranquil woods, and tea plantations, Munnar is the perfect place for that pacifist in you. Being the resort for the British raj elite, Munnar still hold its pride. Elephant Ride at Carmelagiri Elephant Park, Pothamed viewpoint, luxurious stay in a resort having hot tea in the cold-foggy weather cannot be missed by a true wanderlust.
How to reach there – There are state run and private buses to Munnar from major cities of Kerala and Tamilnadu. You can get a cab to Munnar from Cochin International Airport which is 110 km away.
Stay – There are lot of budget friendly and luxurious resorts in Munnar starting from 3000 INR / night to enjoy your stay. Local home stays are also available with delicious Kerala cuisine.
Palm backed beaches of Kovalam is one of the best beaches in Kerala and most visited too. Kovalam is the best getaway for one who is looking for all the beauty of a beach with an energizing ayurvedic healing.
How to reach Kovalam beach – Trivandrum railway station and Airport is just 20 km away from Kovalam. Taxis, cabs, auto-rikshaws etc will be available at every corner of the city.
Top 10 things to do –
Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
Apart from Munnar another hill station embellishing Kerala’s natural aesthetics is the mesmerizing Wayanad. Along with the perfect cool weather Wayanad has got mind-blowing waterfalls, caves, lakes, and dams making it the perfect location for a chill vacation. Road drive to Wayanad will be the best that it can offer you, spotted dears, monkeys, and majestic Bisons will welcome you on your way to Wayanad, home for the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to reach Wayanad – Calicut International Airport is the closest Airport to Wayanad which is at 87 km and closest railway station is Nilambur which is 54 kms away. There is direct bus service to Wayanad from all major cities in Kerala.
Must visit places and activities in Wayanad –
Banasura Sagar Dam
Vythiri Village Resort Stay
Tree House Stay