Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Kerala
Renowned as the “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in India. The place holds everyone captive with its surreal natural beauty. Its enchanting backwaters, hill-stations, cities, scenic villages, beaches, and rich culture and heritage attracts tourists from all over the world. From offering activities like trekking, mountain biking to its exciting wildlife, parks to its pilgrimage sites, Kerala has something for everyone. And here are our picks for the 10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Kerala.
Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Kerala
1. Munnar, Idukki:
Idukki is truly a gem located among densely forests and mountains, a perfect place for nature enthusiasts. Idduki is home to some of the most attractive destinations in Kerala. It is home to the Eravikulam National Park located at the foot of Anamudi mountain where the rare, blue Neelakurinji flower blooms every 12 years. But the most popular part of Idukki is Munnar. The charming hill station is dotted with tea gardens, misty valleys, waterfalls, lake and much more. Nearby you will find another three charming hill stations of Kerala, Devikulam, Peermade, and Vagamon. Don’t forget to visit the museums and church, the Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Attukal & Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Lockhart Gap, Mattupetty Dam, and Anamudi.
Wayanad is known for being rich in cultures, traditions, and tribal heritage. Wayanad is one of the most beautiful and greenest places in Kerala. Dotted with many trails and waterfalls, Wayanad is home to the beautiful Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Hill, Vythiri, Lakkidi View Point, P Kuruvadweep, Kabini, Papanashini River, and Padinjarathara Dam, Thirunelli Temple and Puliyarmala Jain Temple. You must visit Tholpetty which is part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and covers the Nilgiri forest Reserve and here you will find the very popular Chembra Peak. Also, visit the beautiful town of Kalpetta and the heritage site Muthanga.
3. Thekkady/Periyar, Idduki:
Thick forests, wild vegetation, and amazing and rare wildlife, these things make Thekkady one of the must-visit places in Kerala. In the sanctuary, you can spot many wild species including tigers, sambars, gaurs, lion-tailed macaques, elephants, lions, deers, bison and boars. You can go trekking on Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi trail, one of the most popular trails in Kerala. Visit the Periyar National Park, Periyar River, Cardamom Hills, Thattekad, Kumily, Sabarimala temple inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
4. Alleppey/Alappuzha :
Alleppey is most renowned for its backwaters, houseboat stays, paddy fields, quaint chapels, beautiful fishing villages, and lakes. Visit the serene Marari beach and Kuttanad, dotted with paddy fields and unique geographical features and enjoy the Snake Boat Race. Also visit the Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.
Kannur is a picture-perfect coastal town in Kannur district. Home to sun-kissed beaches, cashew plantations, ancient temples, monuments, and British and Dutch-style buildings, Kannur is a fascinating place to visit in Kerala. Visit Paithalmala, one of the most beautiful peaks in Kerala, the city Thalassery, and Kizhunna Beach and the stunning Kavvayi Backwaters. Other tourists destination include Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort, and Rajarajeshwara Temple.
6. Munroe Island, Kollam:
Enchanted by the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and embraced by the emerald Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is a charming port-city and a perfect place to soak in the beauty of Kerala. Set on the river Kallada, Munroe Island is located 27 km from Kollam. Renowned for the canal cruise, Munroe Island showcases all the best characteristics of Kerala, from its scenic rural landscape to thatched houses to coconut plantations, and narrow canals to lagoons and mangrove forests. Visit the beaches Kollam and Thirumullavaram, theThangassery Light House and its other attractions. In Kollam, visit Thenmala and Ashtamudi.
The Thiruvananthapuram district which is home to the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, is also home to some of the most popular tourist destinations in the state including, Ponmudi, Poovar, Kovalam, and Varkala. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is built on seven hills and has a range of places to visit including temples, gardens, palaces, museums, beaches, backwaters, and wildlife sanctuaries. With a crescent-shaped coastline, Kovalam is one of the best beaches in Kerala. Cliffs overlooking on the beach surrounded by lush greenery, Varkala is among Kerala’s most scenic places. Poovar is another little paradise in Neyyattinkara in the district, home to a scenic beach and Ponmudi is for the mountain lovers.
Palakkad, known as the ‘granary of Kerala’, is one of the most picture perfect places in the state. Scenic mountains, lakes, lovely dams, lush green forests and grand temples and forts, paddy estates and tea plantations and great weather, Palakkad is arguably one of the best places in Kerala. 60km from Palakkad you will find Nelliampathy, a beautiful hill station and one of the most underrated places in the state. You should visit Malampuzha, Silent Valley National Park, Attappadi, Palakkad Fort, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Jain Temple and Seethargundu viewpoint.
9. Kumarakom, Kottayam:
A cozy spot with exotic scenery and rare flora & fauna, Kumarakom is a great place to just relax and observe the beauty you are surrounded by. Set on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is another destination that is known for its backwaters. Surrounded by evergreen coconut grooves, breezy rice fields, here you should visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the nearby Pathiramanal island, Thanneermukkom Bund and the other attractions.
10. Bekal, Kasargod & Gavi, Pathanamthitta:
Especially known for the Bekal Fort, Bekal is among the most beautiful places in Kerala in the Kasargod district. The little hamlet Bekal by the Arabian Sea and surrounded by lush landscapes has many tourists attractions including the Ananthapura Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Kappil Beach, Pallikere Beach, Chandragiri Fort, Nileswaram and Bekal Hole Aqua Park.
The spellbinding abundance of flora and fauna, Gavi is located in the district Pathanamthitta and it is one of the hidden gems of Kerala. It’s a scenic small village tucked between tea estates and wide and dense forests.
Some of the other beautiful places to visit in Kerala:
Thrissur: Guruvayoor & Athirappilly Falls
Malappuram: Nilambur & Ponnani
Ernakulam: Kochi & Kalady
Agasthyarkoodam & Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary