Kerala, most popular by the adage of ‘Gods Own Country’ is truly a natural paradise. This state, bound by the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other is blessed with a cool climate, making it an ideal destination to get away from the hustle of city life. Its lush greenery, shimmering seas, swaying coconut palms, and languid backwaters have an irresistible charm that draws people from across the world.
On can also enjoy some delectable traditional cuisine and experience the unique culture and traditions of this region during a stay here. The popular locations Kerala include:
Rich in history, the forts and distinctive ghettos of Kochi are a true delight! The colonial Fort Kochi and Fort Immanuel are the most notable ones here. The Santa Cruz Basilica, built by the Portuguese was blessed by the Pope as a Cathedral. St Francis church, the Dutch cemetery, David Hall built by the Dutch, the Bastion Bungalow and Vasco Da Gama square are the major points of interest, in addition to the bustling marketplaces of Kochi. Mattancherry is famous for its Jewish settlements.
Renowned for its unique boat races, Alappuzha’s backwaters are some of the best in Kerala. One can also stay in the traditional houseboats that are luxuriously furnished and offer visitors an unbeatable experience.
Situated in Kasargod, this destination is famous for its fort and pristine beaches as well as its rivers and hills. Bekal is perfect for leisurely strolls by the sea or unwinding at any of the resorts there.
The rocky beaches of Kovalam are tranquil and not crowded unlike other popular beaches in Kerala. This destination is famous for its Ayurveda resorts and spas and often favored by Europeans.
Sprawling tea plantations with mighty mountains in the background makes Munnar is one of the most scenic destinations in Kerala. Pallivasal, Anayirangal dam, and the panoramic views from Top Station are the main places of interest. Eravikulam National park, home to the endangered Nilgiri tahr is easily accessible from Munnar. One can also find the rare Neelakurinji flower here, which blooms once every 12 years and adds a beautiful blue hue to the landscape.
Popular among bird watchers and environmentalists, this scenic destination comprises of a bunch of islands on Vembanad lake. There are a number of resorts here where one can relax and unwind along the famous backwaters. One can choose from holiday packages with accommodation in cottages or houseboats.
Dense forests and glimmering waterfalls set amongst the lush greenery of the backwaters are the highlights of Wayanad. This is one of the most picturesque regions in Kerala.
Situated in the forest of Periyar, one can visit the Periyar sanctuary here which is well- known for elephants. Adventure sports and the fragrant spice gardens are other interests that draw tourists here.
The legendary Papasnanam beach, believed to wash away the sins and impurities from life is located in Varkala. The 2000 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also a must – visit here. One can also experience a traditional Ayuvedic massage here at Varkala, with its numerous Ayurveda spas.
This is one of the best drive- by beaches in Kerala. Situated in Thalassery, the stretch of sand and sea here seems endless, and driving is the best way to savor the beauty of this beach. One can stop by to enjoy the sun rising and setting over the azure waters of the Arabian Sea.
Kerala is truly unique and distinct, the perfect choice for a long holiday. It offers experiences to make your vacation an absolutely spectacular and unforgettable one. Read more on Best places to visit in Kerala.