Places To Visit In Kerala

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Places To Visit In Kerala

Kerala, a surreal destination where the morning brings magic and mist. Affectionately referred to as the “Land of God,” this is the place where everyone is held captive by the backwaters with their alluring silence. Yes, this is the “spice capital of India” where the evening bids farewell with some of the enchanting melodies played by Mother Nature. Yes, such is the beauty and allure of Kerala! Release the urge to travel within you and plan a trip to this prismatic land; there is an array of places to visit in Kerala. Make sure you visit all of these destinations and have some of the fondest memories of your trip. And in case you’re struggling to decide which destinations to cover, here’s a sorted list of tourist spots that will fill your travel journal with fun, frolic, and excitement.

1. Alleppey (Alappuzha):

Alleppey (Alappuzha)On one side, there is all of Kerala, then there is this paradise tourist destination called Alappuzha or Alleppey! Considered the “Backwater Capital of India” or the “Venice of the East”, Alleppey is known for its quiet backwaters and abundant beauty!

Sitting on the shores of the azure lake of Vembanad, it is in fact one of the most popular destinations in Kerala and one of the most sought after tourist spots in Kerala. Visit this paradise; enjoy a cruise and barge stay, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies and much more!

Best time to visit:
Destination all year round

Tourist attractions:
Alleppey Beach, Ambalapuzha Temple, Arthunkal Church, Karumadikuttan Statue, Krishnapuram Palace, Kuttanad Backwaters, Mannarshala Temple, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal, St. Mary Rorane Church, Vembanad Lake

Nearest station:
Alleppey Station

Time:
Summer (April – June), monsoon (July – September), winter (October – mid March)

2. Wayanad:

WayanadCradled in the knees of the Western Ghats, Wayanad truly deserves a high place in the list of places to visit in Kerala. Located at an incredible height of 700 to 2100 m, this superb mountain resort is synonymous with fantasy, unspoiled nature, unforgettable moments and joy!

Adding more to the enchanting beauty of Wayanad, visitors can also revisit and unravel history while visiting this hilly retreat. Yes, the lush and pristine forests of Wayanad would be inhabited over 3,000 years ago.

Best time to visit:
Destination all year round

Tourist attractions:
Banasura Sagar Dam, Chain Tree, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pookode Lake, Sentinel Rock Falls, Soochipara Falls, SulthanBthery, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Nearest airport:
Calicut International Airport (98 km)

Nearest station:
Nilambur station (92 km / 3 hours)

Time:
Monsoon (June – September), summer (March – May), winter (December – February)

3. Cochin:

CochinKochi or Cochin is a unique place in the land of God which is perfectly blended with cultural values and modern ideas! Affectionately nicknamed the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” this imposing port city has been a point of attraction since the beginning of history.

A fusion point of many cultures and traditions, Cochin has embraced all modern perspectives to become one of the most developed metropolises in India. Whether it’s the essence of Dutch establishments, British history, Chinese tenderloins or traditional spice markets, Cochin is sure to have you falling in love again!

Best time to visit:
July (start of monsoon) to April (start of summer)

Tourist attractions:
Andhakaranzhi Beach, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Cherai Beach, Edappally Museum, Fort Kochi, Hill Palace Museum, Jewish Synagogue, Kanjiramattam Masjid, Kodannad Elephant Training Center, Vypeen Beach, Vypeen Beach, Marine Drive, Bolghatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FrnacisChirch, Thrikkara Temple, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Cochin Cultural Center, Malayattoor, Mattancherry, Lulu Mall (India’s largest shopping mall), Princess Street, Kerala Kathakali Center, Vasco Da Gama Square

Nearest airport:
Kochi International Airport

Nearest station:
Kochi Railway Junction

Time:
Summer (March – June), monsoon (October – February), winter (July – September)

4. Munnar:

MunnarIn the lap of the fascinating Western Ghats, yet another magnificent hill station, Munnar needs no introduction. Rising 1,600m above sea level, vacationing in the alluring locations of this hilly retreat is all about high clouds, scenic mountains, rolling hills and a calming ambience.

While searching for the best tourist destination in Kerala, you simply cannot miss Munnar as it is covered mostly by endless tea plantations and lush forests. Whether it’s summer or winter, monsoon or spring, Munnar will always make you want more!

Best time to visit:
Destination all year round

Tourist attractions:
Anamudi, Attukal Falls, Cheeyapara Falls, Chithamir, Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park, Flower Park, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Kolukkumalai, Kundala Lake, Lite of Pi Church, Lock-Hartamur Gap, Mattupetty Dam, Meesapulimala, Nyayamakad, Pallivasal, Pothamedu Viewpoint, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Rajithapala Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens

Nearest airport:
Cochin International Airport (125 km)

Nearest station:
Ernakulam Junction (128 km / 4 hours)

Time:
Monsoon (June – September), summer (March – May), winter (December – February)

5. Kumarakom:

KumarakomAdorned with the magical charm of Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom is another alluring destination in the backwaters of God’s country. Located close to Kottayam town, this is the place where even being lazy is also one of the best things you can do on your Kerala vacation.

Adorned by the charm of emerald lake Vembanad, evergreen coconut grooves, airy rice fields and much more, Kumarakom is popular among all types of visitors. However, sea cruises and houseboat trips are the most popular thing to do in this beautiful tourist destination.

Best time to visit:
September (end of monsoon) to March (end of winter)

Tourist attractions:
Eravikulam National Park, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Lite of Pi Church, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Anamudi, Flower Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Falls, Cheeyapara Falls, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai , Lock-Hartamur Gap, Chithamir, Rajithapala Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens

Nearest airport:
Cochin International Airport (125 km)

Nearest station:
Ernakulam Junction (128 km / 4 hours)

Time:
Monsoon (June – September), summer (March – May), winter (December – February)

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