One of the most popular tourist destinations of India, Kerala is visited by millions of domestic and international tourists every year. Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, , Alleppey, Kumarakom, Cherai beach, Athirapally waterfalls, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari are some of the most popular places of Kerala. Most of the people arrive in Kerala at Cochin and depart from Trivandrum, covering all the famous cities falling in between. While in Trivandrum, you should also make a day trip to Kanyakumari. Kerala is connected with all major cities of India as also it’s connected with many countries through its own international airport at Kochi (Cochin). Trains are also an option for people visiting from within India. Find out which are the best places to visit in Kerala :
Most popular places of Cochin are Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St.Thomas Church, St.Mary’s cathedral, Chinese Fish Nets and Bolgatty Palace. One full day would be enough for you to see the place. But if you are arriving late evening or at night, then a 2 night stay would be good unless you are short of time.
Located at a distance of approx. 73kms from Cochin, Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the most popular tourist attractions of Kerala. Famously called as ‘Niagara Falls of India’ Athirapally falls are situated on River Chalakudy. The picturesque views of the lush green surrounding areas leave you mesmerized. There are only a limited number of places to stay at Athirapally and you may choose to stay at Kochi or Munnar.
Munnar is one of the most famous hill stations of Kerala located in the Western Ghats at the height of 1600 meters above sea level. It’s famous for tea plantations which you can see for miles together. Some of the most popular places to see here are Cheeyappara & Valara waterfalls, Spice plantations, Rubber plantations, etc. Eravikulam National Park which is also known as Rajamala, the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr is a must visit. Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake are not to be missed. Boat rides are available in Mattupetty Dam and Lake Kundala. If you have some time left, do visit the flower garden. You can also do some adventure activities in Munnar like motor boat or speedboat in Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Elephant Safari, Trekking.
Thekkady is famous for its Spice plantations as also the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. It’s famous for cinnamon, clove, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg plantations. With nature in abundance, a walk amidst the greenery would certainly be something to remember. Spread along an area of approx.925 sq.km, Periyar National Park is an Elephant and Tiger Reserve. It’s also home to endangered and rate flora and fauna. Apart from Elephants and Tigers, it’s inhabited by wild boar, langur, bison, sambar, Nilgiri Tahr and many such rare animals. You can go for an elephant or jeep safari or may also choose to visit this beautiful place in a boat.
Kumarakom / Alleppey
The world famous backwaters of Kerala are not to be missed. You can enjoy these at Alleppey and Kumarakom. Houseboats from deluxe to luxury with all the amenities are available as per your budget. Nothing can match the experience of freshly cooked food while you are enjoying the backwaters. Do remember that as per the State Government order, all houseboats go stationery from 5.30pm to 7am. Air conditioner timings of houseboats also depend on the kind of boat you select. Alleppey is also famous for the annual Snake Boat races held during Onam.
Kovalam is one of the most popular beaches of Kerala as well as India. The tall coconut trees surrounding the roads, golden soft sand of the beach and the cold breeze alongwith the green surroundings, leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Spend some time just enjoying the nature or go for the famous ayurveda therapies and massages. There are plenty of options to stay at Kovalam from budget to luxury hotels and resorts.
Watching a sunset or sunrise in Kanyakumari is extremely beautiful. The most popular places to see in Kamyakumari are Kumari Amman Temple – The temple devoted to the Goddess Parvathi as Devi Kanya- the Virgin Goddess, Vivekananda Memorial – The Vivekananda Memorial built on the Vivekananda Rock and devoted to Swami Vivekananda, Gandhi Mandapam – This memorial stands on the place where the the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public viewing before being immersed into the sea and other place. The beaches are not to be missed. Spending a night here is recommended, but if you don’t have that much time in hand, a full day trip from Trivandrum would be able to cover all the places in Kanyakumari.
Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram
A perfect mix of beaches and landscapes, Trivandrum is a must visit place during your kerala trip. With its own airport, Trivandrum makes the perfect exit point from Kerala. The most popular places to visit in Trivandrum are Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Monumental Hindu hallowed place to Vishnu, Napier Museum, Attukal Temple, Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Vellayani Lake, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Malankara Church, Palkulangara Devi Temple.