Kerala is the southern state of India. This state has the highest rank in HDI (Human Development Index) with 0.784 in 2018. HDI index is calculated by considering the Life expectancy, Education and Per capita income and then used to rank countries into different tiers. This report says that Kerala has mastery in life expectancy, in education and also the highest per capita income. Whereas after all this I can give you some more reasons why you should visit Kerala:-
- This state is known as God’s Land with its highly greenery and area where you can relief your eyes to see.
- It is the land of elephants, coconuts, and rich culture.
- The place is also one of the most visited places all over the world’s travelers.
- Without any doubt, Kerala is the destination place to visit because of its Malabar Coast, Canals, Huge Rice Fields and the glorious rolling hillside tea plantations in the Western Ghats. Also, Kerala has a rich diversity with its culture to people, and the history of Kerala is one of the most attracting factors.
Peak Season to visit Kerala ranges from September to March, from April to May are the off-season months in Kerala and Monsoon Season ranges from June to August. So we suggest you visit in the peak season to enjoy all the places and beauty of Kerala.
CNN Travel’s also recommended Kerala Tourism’s 19 places to visit in 2019, and Lonely Planet as one of the must-visit family destinations to visit. So you can visit with your family and spend some quality times to capture memories for the lifetime.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala
Kerala has a beautiful scenery from the awesome seashores along the Malabar Shore, to the fantastic verdant hillside tea gardens in Munnar, the labyrinth of backwater pathways in Alleppey and Kumarakom.
Kerala’s capital city is Thiruvananthapuram. There is the historical importance of the city as its name meant by ‘The City of Lord Anantha’. Thiruvananthapuram is also famous for Padmanabha Swamy Temple – for the charm, fame and the name. This is the huge temple which has unfolded some enigmatical question. The city also holds India’s first IT Park and it is Asia’s third largest. Technopark adds Thiruvananthapuram as a land of technology as well.
Attractive places are:
- Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Napier Museum
- Shankumugham Beach
- Thiruvananthapuram Zoo
- Kuthira Malika
This is the very famous city of Kerala. This city is a blend of colonial and modern culture. The city is the entering point of Kerala visit as it is situated in the center of Kerala. It is part of Ernakulam, which is a beautiful district located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Ernakulam is also known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ because of it’s one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Nowadays this city is very developed with the industrial and IT sector.
The most visiting places here are:
- Fort Kochi
- Mattancherry Palace
- St. Francis Church
- Hill Palace
- Jew Town
This Unique backwater destination is the most attractive place for visitors. This is the place that you cannot compare with others on the globe because of its uniqueness. This was described as ‘Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon. Also you will find here Kerala food provided in a bananas leaves is fascinating with a meditative spell. You can visit here-
- Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple
- Arthunkal Church
- Krishnapuram Palace
- Marari Beach
- Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha etc.
The beach of Alleppey may be among the closest encounters to the Arabian Sea. Popular Tourist Attractions here are:
- Vazhachal Falls
- Chapra Falls
- Sholayar Dam
- Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary
This is one of the most popular places for the beach in Kerala i.e. also called as ‘the beach town’. This place is surrounded with three curve shaped beaches, the Hawah Beach, the Lighthouse beach, and Samudra Beach. This land is enriched with partially black soil, lighthouse, and attractive beaches. You can enjoy your visit here with Motorboat ride, Surfing and Wooden boat ride safely. You can buy handicraft products, souvenirs, money exchange, beachwear, variety of foods etc. You must get an amazing experience here after visiting this place.
The place to visit here are:
- Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium
- Neyyar Dam
- Karamana River
- Vellayani Lake
- Valiyathura Pier
- Halcyon Castle
- Kovalam Art Gallery
- Aruvikkara Dam
- Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple
- Vizhinjam Juma Masjid Mosque
- Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
Vagamon is Kerala’s Hill Station with Green Meadows. Mystic hills are perfectly maintained fresh air and lawns are quite enough to make your visit ravishing. There are chains of the mountain which maintain religious harmony. Popular tourist attractions here are:
- Thangal Hill
- Murugan Hill
- Green Meadows
- Pine Forests
Athirappilly Waterfalls – The Niagara Falls of India
With 80-feet high and 330-feet wide, Athirapally Waterfalls is the biggest waterfall in Kerala. This Waterfall is that place between Ernakulam District and Thrissur District in Kerala. The parallel streams resemble fall so it is called Niagara Falls. The area nearby the falls offers amazing views of the Sholayar hills and the Western Ghats makes Athirapally a beautiful tourist destination. The area also has some furnished variety of endangering flora and fauna. The safari is also organized by ‘Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council’ with ‘Athirappilly Destination Management Council’ and it is very safe. You can enjoy the view of awesome rainbows which can be seen here often. Just only waterfall make you see the fall the whole day. Popular tourist attractions near Niagara Waterfalls:
Chapra Falls, Vazhachal Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary, and Valparai.
Wayanad is the word came from Malayalam which is translated as the paddy field in the local language. The calmness here you can feel is quite relaxing. Wayanad is also famous for the richness it holds in the agricultural abundance and tribal heritage. Wayanad has many peregrine locations in and around the district like-
- Edakkal Caves
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
- Tusharagiri Waterfalls
- Sentinel Rockfalls
Popular tourist attractions in Wayanad
- Meenmutty Waterfalls
- Chembra Peak
- Edakkal Caves
- Neelimala View Point
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Pookode Lake
Thekkady- Best Wild Life Sanctuary in Kerala
Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady is famous and popular as the best sanctuary in Kerala. There are rich numbers of wildlife flora and fauna, elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs and the very rare lion-tailed macaques you can easily find here. The forest is situated on the banks of the lake Periyar with the area of 777 sq. km, out of which 360 sq. km is not with the thick evergreen forest. In Thekkady lake, you can visit the forest by lake way. You will definitely enjoy the adventure here. The must be visiting places of Thekkady are–
- Thekkady Boating
- Periyar National Park
- Mullaperiyar Dam
- Kerala Ayurveda Tourism Angadippetty
Munnar- Hill Station
This hill station is famous for tea gardening. One can have a great view of 80000 miles of green tea farms and low flying clouds also the misty valleys. This place has comfortable coolness from the heaty environment of tropical areas. There are also waterfalls and this hill station has a feeling of colonial times because of its heritage. Popular attractions in Munnar:
- TATA Tea Museum
- Blossom Park
- Pothamedu View Point
- Attukal Waterfalls
- Top Station
- Kundala Lake
- Mattupetty Dam
- Eravikulam National Park
- Marayoor Dolmens
- Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
- Lockhart Gap
- Cheeyapara Waterfalls
- Life of Pi Church
Kumarakom – Little backwater hamlet
Here’s exotic scenery famous for houseboats. It is situated near Vembanad Lake. Also, you can sip on tender coconut water, tasting some authentic Kerala food. The place offers boating, houseboat cruising, sightseeing, and fishing. Waterways, Canals, and lakes are decorated here with lilies and lined with coconut groves, green paddy fields. To have stress relieving vacation Mangrove forests will be quite tempting for any visitor. Mostly visited place are
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kerala is one of the wisest choices ever if you decide to visit here. The most beautiful state of India Kerala can make your visit perfect “PAISA VASUL”. You also can enjoy Puttu and Kadala for breakfast also ‘Kathakali’ can make your day. This coastal region makes you satisfied to spend money and time. National and International Cuisine here is the soul of Kerala.