Best places to visit in Kerala

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Last Updated on June 10, 2022

Kerala lies in extreme South India and it is famous for hill stations, beautiful cities, its rich culture and heritage. This place is also known as God’s own country as it really looks like a beautiful paradise and it is a perfect destination for family vacation, honeymoon or trip with friends. Most of the tourists are attracted by the beaches, tea plantations, backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. of the place.

Kerala is known for products like sugar cane, coconut, rubber, etc. Some of the famous tourist destinations here for Kasaragod, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Idukki, etc. Many other districts such as Alappuzha, Kollam, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, etc. are also famous for their beaches and houseboats.

Climatemoderate temperatures, comparatively cool and pleasant, coastal areas are hot and humid
Nearest Airport/Railway StationCochin International Airport, almost all major cities are connected with Railway lines
Major attractionAlleppey, Munnar, Kochi, Thekkady, Thrissur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, etc.
Elevation2m-2695m
Activities to doStay In A Houseboat, Shikara Rides, Snake Boat Race, Jeep Ride, Stay In A Treehouse, Enjoy Village Life, Go Bird Watching, Swim, Bike Ride, etc.
FoodIdiyappam With Curry, Erissery, Puttu and Kadala Curry, Ela Sadya, Dosa Ghee Roast, Idli Sambar, Prawn Curry, Malabar Parota, etc.
Best time to visitSeptember to March

Kerala is not just known for its famous tourist destinations, it is also famous for its rich culture that is embedded in the beautiful dance forms, cuisines, festivals, Ayurveda, and other forms of art and craft.

Let us have a look at the most beautiful places that one should visit in Kerala.

Places to visit in Kerala

Allepey

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Climatepleasant, between 17°C and 32°C
Nearest Airport/Railway StationCochin International Airport, Alleppey station
Major attractionAlappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Punnapra Beach, Vembanad Lake, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Punnamada Lake, etc
Elevation11m
Activities to doAyurveda & Spa, Snake Boat Festival, Shopping, Campfire And Nightwalk, beach walk, Bird Watching, etc.
Best time to visitSeptember to March
Distance from Thrivananthapuram146km

This place is known as the Venice of the East and it is known for the backwaters, paddy fields, beautiful villages, coconut trees, etc. If you plan on going to this place, do try to visit in the month of August to September to enjoy the snake boat race.

Munnar

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Climatepleasant, warm and temperate
Nearest Airport/Railway StationCochin International Airport, Aluva Railway Station
Major attractionAttukad Waterfalls, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Lockhart Gap, Kundala Lake, Anamudi Peak, Chokramudi Peak, Echo Point, Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Lockhart Tea Museum, etc.
Elevation1532m
Activities to doTea Estate Tours, Camping And Trekking, Visit Peaks, Shop, Photography, etc
Best time to visitDecember to February
Distance from Thrivananthapuram291km

This place is known as Kashmir of South India. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India and its beauty lies in the clouds, the mountains, the hills, lush green tea plantation and magnificent peaks.

Wayanad

ClimateSummer is hot and humid, heavy rainfall in monsoon, winter is pleasant
Nearest Airport/Railway StationCochin International Airport, Kozhikode Railway Station
Major attractionThusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Hill, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Papanashini River, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bamboo Forest, etc
Elevation700-2100m
Activities to doBamboo Rafting, Boating, Camping, Cycling, Shopping, Photography, etc.
Best time to visitOctober to May
Distance from Thrivananthapuram471 Kms

If you want to see paddy fields and lush green forest, then Wayanad is one of the best places for you. This small district has pleasant climate almost all throughout the year and it is also famous for its rich culture, heritage, traditions, small and beautiful waterfalls , and many beautiful lakes.

Kochi

ClimateSummers are hot while the winters are really chilly and cold
Nearest Airport/Railway StationCochin International Airport, Ernakulam Junction
Major attractionMattancherry Palace, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Folklore Museum, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Cherai Beach , Gowreeswara Temple Cherai, Ernakulam Mahadeva Temple, Munambam Beach, etc.
Elevation0 m
Activities to doBamboo Rafting, Boating, Camping, Cycling, Shopping, Photography, etc.
Best time to visitSeptember to March
Distance from Thrivananthapuram200km

This particular district presents the mixture of traditional and modern lifestyle of people of Kerala. Cochin is also famous for its Fort Kochi which is called as the gateway to Kerala. This place has multi-ethnic culture and it is best suited for people who love nature, reading history, and visiting places full of museums, palaces, temples, churches, beaches, etc.

Kovalam

Climatehot and oppressive year round, temperature ranges from 30-34 degree celsius
Nearest Airport/Railway StationTrivandrum International Airport, Trivandrum Railway Station
Major attractionHalcyon Castle, Karamana River, Rock Cut Caves, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Vellayani Lake, etc
Elevation19m
Activities to doSightseeing, stay in houseboats, swim, shop, go to the top of lighthouse, photography, etc.
Best time to visitSeptember to May
Distance from Thrivananthapuram20km

Kovalam is famous for Ayurveda, water sports, New Year celebrations, and many beautiful beaches. It is one of the best destinations in Kerala as it has soft cool breeze blowing throughout the year and clear crystal water that makes pasty very enjoyable.

Kozhikode

Climatetropical, hot and oppressive
Nearest Airport/Railway StationKaripur International Airport, Kozhikode Railway Station
Major attractionTali Temple, Kozhippara Falls, Hilite Mall, Conolly Canal, Kozhikode Beach, etc.
Elevation1m
Activities to doswim, shop, beach walk, strolling along the ancient pond, etc.
Best time to visitSeptember to May
Distance from Thrivananthapuram400km

Kozhikode has many beautiful beaches and significant historical sites. This is the place where Vasco De Gama first came when he discovered India. This place is also known as Calicut and it is very active for commercial activities, educational institutions, etc. If you visit this place, do try the Malabar food that has presence of exotic spices making the food so delicious that you simply cannot resist.

Thekkady

Climatetemperature ranges between a maximum of 36°C and a minimum of 26°C
Nearest Airport/Railway StationMadurai Airport, Kottayam Railway Station
Major attractionPeriyar Lake, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangla Devi Temple, Thekaddy Lake, Mullaperiyar Dam, Elephant Junction Thekkady, Parunthumpara Viewpoint, etc.
Elevation900-1800m
Activities to doBoating, Rafting, Hiking, Jungle tour, Shop, Photography, etc.
Best time to visitNovember to early-May
Distance from Thrivananthapuram204km

It is a beautiful hill station that is hidden in lush green forest and it is perfect for people who want to spend time in the deep jungles of Kerala. This place also has many endangered wildlife species such as tigers, lion tailed macaques, sambars, etc.

This small town is located near Periyar national Park and due to the presence of this park, this is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Kerala. The temperature of this place is lowest in the months of December to January and highest in April to May.

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Places to visit in Kerala