Top 10 places to visit in Kerala – India

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Kerala – God own country, Listed as one of the 50 top destinations in the world and named in one of the National Geographic Traveler edition as “ten paradises of the world” , Kerala is a small state situated on the tropical malabar coast of Southwest part of India. Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters, beaches and hill stations. Here we are listing down top 10 places to visit in Kerala for holiday.

1) Allapey or Alappuzha

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. This small district in Kerala is also know as “Venice of the East”. It is a one stop destination to enjoy the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

As soon as you land in Allapey, you will be fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place. Hire an houseboat or so called “Kettuvallam” which is a traditional boat made into a house. Book a houseboat for a day with you family , friends etc which will give you an unforgettable experience

Best time to visit alappuzha – September to May

2) Munnar

The most famous tourist destination in South India, situated in the south western state of India. Munnar is 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains. Its truly a magnificent tourist destination full of beautiful tea plantation, and a best place for a romantic honeymoon holiday. Take a ride through the scenic green tea plantation, and the views can leave you speechless.

Munnar is mostly cold as it is situated on the hill station which makes its a favorite destination for trekkers as well. If you are little adventurous, you can trek to places like Meesapulimala etc which gives a magnificent view of nature. Eravikulam national park is a must visit for people who visit Munnar. If you are lucky enough, you can see the most endangered Nilgiri Thar grazing around the Eravikulam National Park.

Best time to visit Munnar  – October to March

3) Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a major tourist destination in Kerala. Set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state of Kerala is famous for its backwater tourism. You can enjoy your kerala holiday in Kumarakom by doing a boat ride through the lake, fishing or a night stay in the magnificent houseboats. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located in kumarakom is a one stop destination for bird watchers where many species of migratory birds visit.

Best time to visit Kumarakom – September to March

4) Wayanad

One of the best holiday destination in Kerala for adventure seekers, Hike to the Edakkal caves or a trek to Chembra Peak is a must in lifetime. Wayanad, situated in North Kerala nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats is famous for its wildlife sanctuaries with a wide species of flora and fauna

India’s largest and Asia’s second largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam is also located in wayanad. A trip to Kuruva Island is a must when u visit wayanad. Wayanad enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year.

Best time to visit Wayanad – October to May

5) Thekkady

Thekkady is a one stop destination for Wildlife lovers. Its a green paradise surrounded by the periyar wildlife sanctuary. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Thekkady is considered as a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove.

Thekkady gives you a wide range of options from a day trek through the forest or a boat cruise on Periyar river where you can spot a lot of flora and fauna.

Best time to visit Thekkady – November to May

6) Kovalam

Time for a sun bath, head down to Kovalam, in South Kerala located in the capital city of Kerala Trivandrum. You can book room from a wide range of seaside resorts and visit the Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach or Samudra Beach, just to relax besides the darling beach of kovalam. Kovalam is one of the second most visited holiday destination in Kerala after Alappuzha, famous for the Ayurveda treatments and massages.
If you have time , You can climb to the top of the light house situated at the light house beach where you can see a mesmerizing view of Kovalam in a arial perspective.

Best time to visit Kovalam – September to May

7) Vagamon

Another green paradise, is a hill station located in Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate, with the temperature between 10 and 23 °C during a summer midday. vagamon is a beautiful holiday hill station destination in Kerala. Pine Forests, Vagamon Meadows, Mooppanpara etc are some of the must visits in vagamon. The landscape is mostly hilly bald with green meadows. Vagamon is also home to a large variety of flowers and orchids.
Vagamon is also a one stop destination for adventure seekers where you can go for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.

8) Varkala Beach

This is another must-visit beach destination in Kerala, Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The beach is long, clean and one of the best for surfing. You can stroll through the top of the cliff or sit and relax at amazing cafes and restaurants situated at the top for the cliff for lazy casual evenings. Sunrise and sunset view from the cliff is worth watching.

9) Bekal Fort

Bekal fort is the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Bekal village in Kasaragod district, North Kerala. Spent a day at the fort and you will fall in love with the place, Wait till the Sunset, as the view from the fort facing the beach is magnificent . Sitting at the fort pillar watching sun going down in Arabian Sea is a must try.
Fort is well preserved and maintained, You will be astonished to see the architectural brilliance that put forward in olden times

10) Kozhikode

Kozhikode also know as Calicut is one of the largest urban area in the state of Kerala. During classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, Kozhikode was dubbed the “City of Spices” for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. Vasco da Gama had set his foot on the remote beach of Kappad in Kozhikode in 1498 and ‘Discovered India’ and established trade routes with the west.
Filled with the cultural aspect of Malabar, North Kerala famous for its beautiful beaches and mouth watering Malabar cuisines.

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