A destination that resembles to your imagination of a beautiful land, Kerala gives wings to your dreams. This exotic land is one of the most sought after travel destination in the world.
It is renowned for its tropical climate, rich cultural heritage, misty hill stations, beautiful beaches, health resorts, ancient Ayurveda therapies and grand festivals. The composure of the backwaters coupled with the charm of the emerald blue Arabian Sea guarantees a memorable holiday experience for travellers. Owing to its abundance of natural beauty and outstanding tourism features, Kerala has been counted as one of the 50 must see travel destinations and one of the 10 paradises of the World by National Geographic Travel.
Major Kerala Tourist Destinations
It is the capital city of Kerala, which is also known as Trivandrum, With its popular tourist attractions like Kovalam beach and the renowned Padmanabha Swamy Temple, it wins the heart of travellers. Trivandrum has also gained fame for being the home of 'Kalarippayattu', the famous ancient martial art form. Tourists can also pamper themselves at Ayurveda centres in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kochi, the famous city of Kerala is aptly called as “The Lagoon Country”. Famed for its spectacular beaches and monumental heritage, Kochi is also known as Cochin. While on Kochi visit, Fort Kochi beach is a must see attraction for travellers where they can view the traditional Chinese Fishing Nets. Other attractions include ferry ride from Ernakulam to Islands of Kothad and shopping at Jew Street and Mattancherry.
Known for its backwater bounty, Alleppey is among the famous travel destinations in Kerala.
It boasts of its backwaters, houseboat cruising and Shree Krishna Temple. Visiting Alleppey during August is fruitful as this is the time when the most popular snake boat race is organized here.
This is one of the paradisical destinations in Kerala. Created from a muster of small islands near the Vembanad lake, Kumarakom attracts tourists from far and wide. Apart from fishing, travellers can enjoy watching various rare migratory birds. Tourists can also explore the area with boating to the closest island of Pathiramanal.
Among all the popular hill stations in Kerala, Munnar is the most visited one. It is known for its verdant tea gardens that attract the visitors. It houses many attractions like tea estates, churches, waterfalls and the Eravikulam National Park. Tourists can enjoy here the Elephant Safari in the wildlife parks and shopping for tea and spices from the local shops.
It is another famous hill station in Kerala. A visit to Wayanad offers you the opportunity to view a bit of heritage, spectacular locations, rich wildlife and the aromatic spice gardens. Tourists can also enjoy trekking at the Edakkal cave in Wayanad.
This fast developing travel destination in Kerala boasts of being the home of the world-famous Periyar National Park. Other popular attractions here include the Tribal Heritage Museum and Mangaladevi Temple. Tourists can also enjoy the Elephant safari organized inside the national park.
Best time to Visit
Though Kerala enjoys a pleasant climate round the year, yet an ideal time to visit Kerala is during the months of October to April. Tourists can also visit during Monsoons to enjoy various Ayurveda rejuvenation programmes.
How to Reach
Kerala houses three airports in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode out of which two are International Airports. The Karipur Airport operates domestic airlines while Cochin and Trivandrum Airport operate both domestic as well as international flights.
Kerala boasts of including around 2000 railway stations that link destinations both inside and outside Kerala. Many long distance express trains link all major cities of Kerala with Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Chennai.
A vast network of roads and state highways links most of the places in Kerala. The state is directly linked by road to both Karnataka as well as Tamil Nadu. National highways 47, 17, and 49 link Kerala with other corners of India.