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Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala, India

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Kerala Wonders - Top 10 Must See Tourist Spots

Kerala is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It is a place where the serene scenic beauty merges with varied hues of enchanting seasons. In Kerala, every season is a festival of colors and sounds. Kerala can satisfy the thirst for communion with pristine nature and call of the wild.

Kerala is well known for for calm beaches, soul stirring hill stations, thrilling backwater cruises in house boats, chilling monsoon weather, fascinating Pooram festivals, 10 - day harvest festival, which also known as Onam, famous classical arts forms, awe inspiring martial arts and hundreds of folk art forms.

Monsoon in India is a very enchanting experience for visitors. Monsoon is at its best in Kerala in the months of June, July and august. The chilling and heart throbbing rain in the very vast greenery of paddy fields, in the snowy mountains and in the backwaters are a must see sight for a nature lover at least once in their lifetime.

Kerala, India

Bhavani River, Silent Valley

Bhavani River, Silent Valley

The Silent Valley National Park

Call Of the Wild

Silent Valley National Park, one of the acclaimed pristine evergreen forests, is a part of western ghats. It is a home to the largest population of lion-tailed Macaque, one of the rarest and most threatened primates in the World, and a treasure house of endangered flora and fauna. The forest is tranquil and devoid of any sounds as its name Silent Valley indicates. Kunthi puzha (Kunthi river) flowing through the dense forest is an astonishing sight for the travelers. It is located 40 km from Palakkad.


Kumarakom - An Idyllic Serene Destination

Kumarakom is a famous idyllic and tranquil holiday destination away from the fret and fever of city life. The village of Kumarakom is a group of little islands on the Vembanad Kayal (Vembanad lake ). This most popular and most beautiful backwater stretch of Kerala has a bird sanctuary which shelters a large number of birds. The thrilling houseboat cruise trough the blue backwaters of Vembanad Kayal, fishing, sightseeing, Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment and a variety of heritage resorts are the main attractions in Kumarakom. It is 15 km west of Kottayam


Alappuzha Backwaters

Alappuzha Backwaters - Enchanting Backwaters

Backwaters are meandering inland lakes and lagoons networked by canals lying parallel to sea coast. The prominent picturesque backwater stretches of Kerala are Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, and Thiruvallam. A backwater cruise between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest in Kerala which takes nearly eight hours. The splendid Snake Boat races are held during festive months of August and September attracting thousands of people from India and abroad. Some of the world renowned boat races are Aranmula Vallamkali (boat race ), Champakulam Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, and Payippad Boat Race. The enchanting and mesmerizing Houseboat ride in the backwaters of Kerala is a captivating experience.

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve - The Richest Bio Diversity Spot of the World

It is one of the famous tiger reserves situated at Thekkady in Idukki. It is a part of the western ghats, one of the richest bio diversity spots of the world. It is home for a large number of endangered species of wild animals also. There are two watch towers inside the forest. It is located 4 kms from Thekkady in Idukki District.

Bakel Fort, Kasaragod

Bakel Fort, Kasaragod

Bekal Fort Beach

Bekal Fort Beach - A Scenic Seaside with a Wonderful Historic Fort

This scenic seaside offers a wonderful view of the historic Bekal fort which is three and a half centuries old. There are facilities for recreation and relaxation. It also known as Pallikere Beach . It is situated in Kasargod district.

Munnar Hill Station

Munnar Hill Station - A Former Summer Resort of British Administration

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It was the former summer resort of British administration. It is about 1600 m above sea level . The main attraction are tea gardens, serene atmosphere, a number of ethnic resorts for accommodation. It is located 60 km from Idukki.

Thenmala, Kerala

Thenmala, Kerala


Thenmala - A Planned Eco-tourism Project in Evergreen Forest

Thenmala is first planned eco-tourism project India. Thenmala consists of chain of ten satellite eco-tourism destinations scattered across the hill ranges and spread over acres of evergreen forest. The meaning of Thenmala is hills that flow honey and the honey available there is believed to have medicinal properties. It is about 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram


Thrissur - The City of Pooram Festival

The Thrissur Pooram in the month of April made the Thrissur renowned in the world tourist map. Even though it is a Hindu religious festival, it has become secular in character and has been a major attraction for foreign and domestic tourists. It is a festival of sounds, colors, and various traditional and modern art forms. The presence of large number of caparisoned elephants is a wonderful sight to all. It is located around 300 km from Thiruvananthapuram .

Kochi Marina

Kochi Marina

Cochin (Kochi)

Cochin - Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi, the most modern cosmopolitan city and commercial hub of Kerala, is also known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. The principal tourist attractions are St.Francis Church (the oldest European church in India), Jewish Synagogue (the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations), Hill Palace (the largest archaeological museum in Kerala), Mattancherry Palace (also known as the Dutch Palace), Fort Kochi, Bolgatty Palace (the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland), Willingdon Island ( man-made island named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy to India), Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ( a church built originally by the Portuguese), Pallipuram Fort ( the oldest existing European fort in India), Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala ), and Vasco House (Vasco da Gama lived in this house). The splendors of Backwaters of Kochi, the spectacular Fort Kochi Beach and international marina are also alluring visitors.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Kovalam Beach, Kerala


Kovalam - Internationally Renowned Tropical Beach

It is internationally renowned tropical beach with very wide coastal area and serene atmosphere. It offers a variety of activities including catamaran rides, sunset watching, cycling on the beach Ayurvedic massage parlors, Panchakarma Treatments and yoga centers. It is located16 km from Thriuvanthapuram .

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Prefertrip from Gurgaon on February 20, 2015:

Kerala is an awesome holiday destination for honeymooners, couples with kids, backpackers, and travelers of all budgets and tastes. Kerala is widely loved for its backwaters, overwhelming greenery, fabulous beaches, rejuvenating massage therapies, and lush tea plantations.

Manish on September 12, 2014:

Kerala is nice destination to visit. Very informative article about various beutiful destinations of Kerala.


hem waiba on August 12, 2014:

Good wrk nd giv sme infrm wer to stay is the safe fr tourist

sagar on April 28, 2014:

Nice information about good and gods country kerala

Awesome explanation and well informed

Thanks a lot

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on August 08, 2013:

kumarpara, God's own country is really a great place for a visit. I could visit twice, though only for a short period. Its greenery, coconut trees and coastline mesmerised me. The beaches are beautiful. I wish I could have a visit for a longer period.

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