Top Places To Visit In Kerala

Apart from lush green and lovely hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala and backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are some of the must visit place of Kerala.

Updated: June 16, 2022

Top places to visit in Kerala are:

Munnar:

Munnar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala, which is one of the biggest tea-plantation area of South India. Famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks serves as the commercial center for some of the world's largest tea estates.
The major attractions of Munnara are Rose garden, Echo point, Elephant arrival spot, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Mattupetti Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, tea plantations and many more.

Alleppey:

The city of Alleppey in Kerala is known for its beautiful backwaters, beaches, temples and traditional boat races. The place also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres. Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is the oldest planned backwater town of Kerala which is spot on coastline of the Arabian Sea. This place is famous for its numerous rivers crisscrossing the Sea and is home to many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. Alleppey is often referred to as the Venice of India.
The major attractions of Alleppey are Houseboats, Alappuzha beach, Backwater, Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, Vembanad Lake and many more.

Kochi:

Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city that is situated on the south-west coast of India. Also known as as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. The culture of the city is influenced by Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city. There is also an influence of the Indian rule of Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords as well. This cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. 
The major attractions of Kochi are Willingdon Island, Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Palace, Marine drive, Mattancherry Palace and many more beaches, temples and heritage sites.

Thekkady:

Thekkady is home to the largest Tiger Reserve of the country. The major attractions of Thekkady are Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail, Bamboo Rafting, Thekkady or Periyar Lake, Mangla Devi temple, Kurikaddy, Chellar Kovil and many more. 

Wayanad:

Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and is part of a forest reserve. With completely greenery, hilly ranges and wildlife, it has Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east.
The place is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. The major attractions of Wayanad are Banasura Dam, Chembara peak, Pookode lake, Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfall, Banasura Hill, Sulthan Bathery and many more.

Varkala:

Varkala is a coastal town with pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts and lighthouses located on the uniquely formed Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs in Kerala. It is Popular for its natural fisheries and springs, and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru. 
The major attractions of Varkala are Water Sports in Varkala, Kapil Lake, Chilakkoor Beach, Varkala Beach, Edava beaches, Thiruvambaid beach, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Ponnumthuruthu and many more.  

Kovalam:

Kovalam is a picturesque village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea that is situated 14 km from Trivandrum in Kerala. It is most famous for its three pristine beaches namely Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding. Kovalam means a 'grove of coconut trees' and the little town is filled with these palms.
The major attractions of Kovalam are water sports in Kovalam beach, Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach, Haylcon Castle, Velliyani Lake, Samudra Beach, Karaman River and many more.

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