Travel India: 10 Best Places to visit in Kerala

Kollam - Kerala Backwaters

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Kerala’s beauty stems from Mother Nature. If nature was to embody a land, it would surely be the state of Kerala. With the beautiful beaches, beautiful landscape, and rich cultural history which bind the residents together, Kerala never fails to mesmerize.

1. Munnar

The land where three rivers have met is Munnar. Munnar is a place of immense historical value. The rivers Kundalay, Mudrapuzha, and Nallathanni add to the place’s aesthetic value. Home to various adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, and rock climbing, Munnar is the ideal place to visit who loves these sports.

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2. Kumarakom

A place of religious significance, Kottayam in Kumarakom is a tourist hot spot to unwind and relax. The place is also a bird watcher’s paradise as a majority of the migratory birds’ nest here owing to the climatic conditions. It’s an amazing place to pass an idle day.

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3. Kerala Backwaters

If you are in Kerala, you cannot avoid cruising in a houseboat. Kerala’s backwaters, a series of canals that channel through the city, offer an intimate and peaceful ambiance for a good cruise spanning the city.

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  • Dining, sleeping and toilet facilities are available in houseboats.
  • Kerala Houseboats

4. Thekkady

If you’re on a cruise and want to explore the wildlife in Kerala, Thekkady is the place to visit. The wildlife diversity on display is amazing and rare including species of deer, elephants, tigers, and many more. There are also elephant rides that take you in and out of the forest.

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  • Trekking options available at Plantations and hill stations
  • Periyar River, Murikkady and Chellarkovil are attractions

5. Varkala Beach

The sight of the sun setting and an Ayurvedic Body massage at Varkala beach will be the thing to look for on your stay in Kerala. Part of most of the itineraries as a tourist hot spot, the place is great to unwind and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the place.

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  • Ayurvedic massage is offered at the Beach
  • Swimming is allowed for adults

6. Chembra Peak

At an altitude of 6900 feet above sea level, Chembra Peak, near Meppadi town, is the prime destination for adventure sports like trekking. The view from the top is mesmerizing as you have forest land that covers a majority of the area.

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  • Kozhikkode, Nilgiris and Malappuram are attractions
  • Wayanad falls nearby are extremely popular

7. Poovar Island

If you’re looking for a place that represents everything that Kerala stands for, Poovar Island of Kerala is the place to visit. With a delightful location that is connected through all seams i.e. lake, river, and the sea, you can enjoy Kerala’s backwaters and its beaches, while sipping your favorite drink at Poovar Island.

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  • Golden sands and Backwaters are tourist favorites
  • Famous for Ayurvedic massages

8. Kerala Kathakali Center

Dance is an important component of Indian culture and especially for people of South India. Kathakali is one dance form that appeals to most people of Kerala and is one of the best evidence of Indian culture. This center has been the home for budding dancers, who have gone on to represent the dance form to the world.

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  • Various performances such as Kathakali, Classical music and dance, Kalaripayattu, the famous martial art form
  • Established in 1990

9. Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Located in a land of spiritual significance, on the outskirts of Kochi, the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is the most famous temple in the state of Kerala drawing crowds from around the world. The temple’s premises are peaceful and can be used for various activities like meditation therapy, etc.

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  • People come to pray and get the blessings of Lord Rajarajeswari and Lord Badrakali.
  • Facilities for Meditation, Yoga are also arranged

10. Kovalam Beach

If you are looking for a beach to spend your day, Kovalam should be one of your destinations. Located sixteen kilometers away from the city of Trivandrum, Kovalam is one of the must-visit cities of Kerala. The three enchanting beaches, The Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and the third beach is Samudra.

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The land of Kerala has to offer much more in exploration. Apart from these, there are many more unknown places that hide Kerala’s true beauty.

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