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Top 10 Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

Kerala is a dreamy wonderland where the dawn brings mist and magic. This is the Gods Own Country where the backwaters attract everyone with their enticing peace.

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Kerala is a dreamy wonderland where the dawn brings mist and magic. This is the God s Own Country where the backwaters attract everyone with their enticing peace. It is known as the Spice Capital of India and it is here that the evening comes to a close with some wonderful melodies produced by Mother Nature. Yes, Kerala is stunningly beautiful and appealing! You should give in to your desire to travel and make plans to visit this vibrant region; Kerala is home to a number of attractions that you should check out. Make sure you visit all of these places and create some of the best memories from your vacation. Here are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala:

1. Alleppey (Alappuzha)

 

Alleppey

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There is all of Kerala on one side, and then there is this lovely tourist resort known as Alappuzha or Alleppey! Alleppey is recognized as the 'Backwater Capital of India' or the 'Venice of the East' for its peaceful backwaters and breathtaking beauty!

It is located on the shores of the turquoise Vembanad Lake and is one of Kerala's most famous backwater resorts as well as a top tourist attraction. Visit this natural wonder to experience houseboat cruises and stays, village tours, Ayurvedic massages, and much more!

Best time to visit


A year-round destination.

Tourist attractions

Vembanad Lake,Krishnapuram Palace, Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal, Arthunkal Church, Kuttanad Backwaters, Ambalapuzha Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, Mannarshala Temple and St. Mary Rorane Church.

 

 

2. Wayanad

 

Wayanad

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Wayanad definitely deserves to be at the top of the list of Kerala tourist destinations. This beautiful hill station, located at an incredible height of 700-2,100 meters, is all about imagination, silent nature, wonderful moments, and merriment!

 In addition to Wayanad's beautiful scenery, travelers may rediscover and unveil history while visiting this hillside getaway. Yes, the beautiful and pristine forests of Wayanad are said to have been inhabited over 3,000 years ago.


Best time to visit

Year-round destination.

Tourist attractions

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Kuruva Island, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves, Sulthan Bathery, and Chain Tree

 


3. Kochi

 

kochi

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Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a one-of-a-kind location in God's Own Country that seamlessly combines cultural traditions with modern concepts! This majestic port city, affectionately known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea,' has been a tourist draw since the dawn of history.


Cochin, a melting pot of many cultures and customs, has embraced modernity to become one of India's most developed metropolises. Whether it's the spirit of Dutch businesses, British heritage, Chinese nets, or ancient spice shops, Cochin is sure to make you fall in love again!


Best time to visit

July (start of monsoon season) to April (early summer).


Tourist attractions

Fort Kochi, Vypeen Island, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Kanjiramattam Masjid, Vypeen Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Marine Drive, Bolghatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry, Lulu Mall (India's largest mall), Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Cultural Centre, Malayattoor, Kodannad Elephant Training Centre, Princess Street, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Hill Palace Museum, Edappally Museum.

 

4. Munnar

 

Munnar

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Munnar, another beautiful hill station situated in the interesting Western Ghats, requires no introduction. A holiday in the captivating settings of this mountainous refuge, rising 1,600 meters above sea level, is all about the soaring clouds, gorgeous mountains, rolling hills, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Munnar, surrounded by never-ending tea fields and green woods, is a must-see for everyone looking for the greatest tourist destination in Kerala. Munnar will always leave you wanting more, whether it's summer, winter, monsoon season, or spring.

 

Best time to visit

Year-round destination.


Tourist attractions

Eravikulam National Park, Pallivasal, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, TATA Tea Museum, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Lock-Hart Gap,Top Station, Lite of Pi Church, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm. 


 5. Kumarakom

 

 Kumarakom

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Kumarakom, adorned with the mystical enchantment of the Vembanad Lake, is another enchanting backwater location in God's Own Country. Located near Kottayam, this is one of the nicest places in Kerala to be lazy.

Kumarakom is a popular destination for all sorts of visitors, thanks to the emerald Vembanad Lake, the evergreen coconut groves, the breezy rice fields, and much more. However, the most popular activities in this gorgeous tourist location are backwater cruises and houseboat stays.

Best time to visit

September (Monsoon End) to March (Winter End).


Tourist attractions

Eravikulam National Park, Pallivasal, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Kundala Lake, Lock-Hart Gap, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Top Station,Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Lite of Pi Church, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm.


6. Kovalam

 

Kovalam

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If you enjoy going to the beach and believe that nothing can rival the appeal of Goa or other prominent beach spots, then must visit Kovalam today! This beach town, located along the shore of the beautiful Arabian Sea, is without a doubt one of the top tourist attractions in Kerala.

Kovalam, located only 16 kilometers from Kerala's capital, Thiruvananthapuram, is home to some of the country's most scenic and fun beaches. While here, you may go for a walk, participate in beach activities, or do other enjoyable things near Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach.

Best time to visit

September (Monsoon End) to March (Begin of Summer)


Tourist attractions

Vellayani Lake, Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Chowara Beach, Hawah Beach,  Neyyar Dam,Samudra Beach, Shangumkham Beach, Aruvikkara Dam,  Kovalam Art Gallery, Edakallu, Karamana River, Halcyon Castle, Valiyathura Pier, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple,  Veli Tourist Village, Artificial Coral Reef, Naiper Art Museum, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. 


7. Thekkady


If you want to get the most out of your Kerala vacation, make sure to visit Thekkady, God's Own Country's evergreen abode! This is the spot that always wears Mother Nature's green! It is strategically positioned and well-connected to some of Kerala's major tourist attractions.

Thekkady, known as the 'Spice Capital of Kerala,' is well-known for being home to a diverse range of unusual fauna. And, when it comes to wildlife species, the Periyar National Park in Thekkady will captivate all of your senses with its diverse range of inhabitants!

Best time to visit

October to February (winter)


Tourist attractions

Periyar National Park, Caramom Hills, Periyar Lake, Gavi, Kumily,  Pandikuzhi,Spring Valley Mountain, Chellarkovil, Vandiperiyar, Grampi and Mangala Devi Temple, Panchalimedu.

 

8.  Kollam

 

Kollam, a beautiful port city in God's Own Country, has its own unique charm and attraction. Enthralled by the blue Lakshadweep Sea and caressed by the green Ashtamudi Lake, it is a picture-perfect holiday resort on the list of India's 'Backwater Capital'.


Kollam allows you to fully immerse yourself in Kerala's traditional cultures and customs. This port city is well-known among visitors for its fishing, agricultural, cashew processing, and tourism industries. Beach enthusiasts may enjoy Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach, and Thirumullavaram Beach.

Best time to visit

August (mid-monsoon) to March (beginning of summer)


Tourist attractions

Dutch Quilon, Ashtamudi Lake, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Thenmala, Mayyanad,  Paravoor, Punalur,Deer Park,  British Residency,Thevalli Palace, Chavara, Jatayupara,  Sasthamkotta, Ochira,Thangasseri, Rameshwara Temple, KottarakkaraKathakali Museum, Neendakara Port,  Picnic Village, Munore Island. 


9. Vagamon


If you want to have a unique yet exciting vacation in Kerala, you should visit Vagamon. This resort in the Idukki area is famous for its beautiful scenery, agreeable climate, and much more.

In addition to leisure travelers, many thrill and adventure seekers visit Vagamon. It is a year-round location known for adventure sports such as paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, and much more.


Best time to visit

Year-round destination.


Tourist attractions

Murinjupuzha Waterfalls, Elaveezha Poonchira,Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary,  Idukki Arch Dam, Kurisumala,  Pine Hills, Parumthumpara Point, Peermade, Kuttikanam Palace,  Mangala Devi Temple, Pattumalai Church.


10. Kozhikode 


You wouldn't be wrong to refer to this city as the 'City of Spices', 'City of Truth', or 'City of Sculptures'. All of these synonyms are insufficient to capture the spirit and soul of Kozhikode or Calicut! This vibrant city is more than just a tourist attraction.

Kozhikode, often known as Calicut, is one of Kerala's most diversified and best-known tourist destinations. Dotted with an abundance of historical sites, tourist locations, and attractions, this lovely city is also a living reminder of India's Dutch and British periods.


Best time to visit

July to April.


Tourist attractions

Kappad Beach,  Kozhippara Falls, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach,Thusharagiri Falls,  Kadalundi, Tali Temple,Thikkoti Lighthouse, Lion's Park,  Krishna Menon Museum, Kalipoyika, Mananchira Square and Peruvannamuzhi Dam

  

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