6 Best Places to visit in Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala is a piece of heaven located on the Malabar Coast, and blessed with bountiful Mother Nature. One of the most beautiful states in India, Kerala is home to bewitching beaches, glittering backwaters, and enchanting flora and fauna. As per the mythological legend attached to it, this land is created by Lord Parasurama, a Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, who threw his axe across the sea and Kerala was born. Hence it is also referred to as ‘God’s own country. Kerala is eminent for having the best infrastructure, education, health, employment, eco-friendly environment and overall development.

Furthermore, Kerala is famous for being culturally blessed traditionally rich and its delicious cuisines making it a must visit on every tourist’s travel bucket list. We advise you to plan for a long vacation whenever you visit this state so that you can do justice to the experience of the destination. Let’s take you through the paces within Kerala that you must not miss when you are there.

1. Trivandrum

is one of the major tourist attractions as it’s an amalgamation of city culture and traditional ethos. One of the jewels of Trivandrum is Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is renowned across the world for its beauty and magnificence. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or 'Divya Deshams' in India. The refreshing beaches of Kovalam and Varkala are the most sought after in Trivandrum; Kovalam has shallow waters and low brimming waves that makes it famous and Varkala has natural springs which have healing properties. Once you are done with the beaches, checkout the amazing beauty of Poovar Island where you can see the coming together of backwaters, river and sea. The picturesque view along with boat riding, Golden Sand beach, Mangroves and the delta make it worthwhile.

How to Reach

There are cheap flights directly to Trivandrum International Airport. Trivandrum is also well connected through Trivandrum Railway station that is also the largest railway station in Kerala.

2. Allepey

is also rightly called as the Venice of the East as it closely resembles the beautiful city of Venice in Italy. Being the largest backwater pivot, it is dotted with multitude of houseboats that offer night stays, criss cross of canals, ponds and other water inlets which together make the place hypnotic. You can sit back and relax as you absorb the arresting view of the coconut lined trees, paddy fields and small islands. The coastline of Alleppey also offers some of the most beautiful beaches and rejuvenating Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala. Don’t forget to catch the traditional snake boat race between August to September and relish the taste of some local palm wine named toddy to experience the authentic flavours of Allepey.

How to Reach

The Cochin International Airport, is the nearest airport to Allepey and Allepey has its own railway station..

3. Malappuram

Malappuram, which translates into land atop hills, is one of the most spectacular as well as the spirited towns of Kerala. It’s a different experience to see the flourishing teak wood plantations. You can visit the Nilambur Museum that is assigned to the history of the wood and displays various products made from teak wood. Malappuram is also a famous centre for Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic ideology where the temples and mosques, both peacefully co exist upholding the secularity of the region. Juma Masjid is an important pilgrimage site for the Muslims as it is one of the oldest mosques in Kerala. You will also find some abundant water falls with stunning scenic views waterfalls like Keralam Kundu Waterfalls, Nedumkayam, Arimbra Hills, Adyanpara Waterfalls. In case you love bird watching then you should checkout the The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary which houses 100 species of native birds, and about 60 species of migratory birds.

How to Reach

The nearest major airport to Malappuram is at Kozhikode and the nearest Railway station is at Shoranur.

4. Munnar

Nestled between the Western Ghats, the Misty Munnar is nature’s beauty at its best with seemingly endless lands of tea plantation, crisp breeze, and particularly romantic vibes. . This hill station is one of the best places to visit in Kerala because of its surreal beauty. Some of the best teas and spices in the country are produced here. Tourists can visit the Tea Museum to see the tea making process and the photographs, machinery and various other things which describe the history and origin of tea plantations in Munnar. For those who are fond of wildlife adventures, should visit the Eravikulam National Park which is well known for being th home to the endangered goat lookalike species called Nilgiri tahr. Besides this, River Chinnar and River Pambar run through the sanctuary which promotes the ecological balance of the sanctuary. When in Munnar you should also visit the Mattupetty Dam which leads you to a calm and beautiful lake, where you can enjoy boating and can also catch a glimpse of birds and animals that frequent the place.

How to Reach

The closest airport is Cochin International Airport and the nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva.

5. Kollam

Kollam is the portal to Kerala's splendid backwaters. It proudly homes the sea, lakes, mountains and rivers, but the Kollam beach adds to the beauty of Kolam. Popularly known as the ‘Cashew Capital of the World, Kollam is particularly known for its traditional cashew business and has more than 600 cashew-processing units. Kollam beach is a major attraction of the place as is every bit soothing with lush greenery, tranquil backwaters, and innumerable water sports. Plains, mountains, lakes, ponds, backwaters, forests, farms and rivers make up the geography of the region.

How to Reach

Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport. Kollam has its own railway station.

6. Bekal

Located on the west of the Malabar coastline Bekal is an interesting tourist spot. Besides its stunning beaches and backwaters, it is home to the largest fortress in Kerala which is named after the town. Bekal was built by Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi in 1650 ADs. The colossal presence of the fort is spectacular to say the least with spellbinding view of the surrounding Arabian Sea. Besides that it has a slice of the history attached to it as it was an important military station for Tipu Sultan when he led a military expedition to capture Malabar. The coins and relics found in archaeological excavations at Bekal fort prove the presence of Mysore Sultans. Shaped like a polygon, it stands at 130 feet above sea level. A group of 45 caves called the Nityanandashram caves, Kappil Beach and Chandragiri fort are few of the other major attractions of Bakal.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is at Mangalore while the nearby railway station is in Kanhangad.

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