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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Kerala

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Kerala, the state in south India is a home for many attractive travel destinations. It is commonly known as God’s Own Country and the beauty of this land gives full justice to this name. It is land of coconuts, backwaters, elephants and the land of rich culture and traditions. Hence, Kerala always is one of the most sought after places by travelers around the World. Today let’s discuss about the top 10 best places to visit in Kerala.

Top 10 best places to visit in Kerala:

Munnar

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Western Ghats mountain range in Kerala state

Munnar rises as three mountain streams merge  – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking

Munnar tourist places: TATA Tea Museum, Blossom Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park etc.

Best Time to visit Munnar: Across the year

Nearest railway station to Munnar: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km

Airport near Munnar : Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km

Munnar Hotels:

Wayanad

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Curvy roads in Wayanad

Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km. from the sea shores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife.

Tourist places to visit in Wayanad: Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Thirunelli Temple etc.

Best Time to visit Wayanad: October to May

Nearest Airport to Wayanad: Calicut International Airport (65kms)

Hotels in Wayanad:

Thekkady

THEKKADY
Kerala wildlife sanctuary

Thekkady in Kerala State, India’s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old ‘Surki’ dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.The Country’s sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

Tourist places to visit in Thekkady: Periyar Lake, Periyar National Park, Mudra Cultural Center, Gavi Forest, Chellarkovil Viewpoint etc.

Best Time to visit Thekkady : October to February

Nearest Airport to Thekkady: Madurai in Tamil Nadu (136 kms)

Hotels in Thekkady:

Kochi

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Fort Kochi

Most of the Kerala tour packages starts with Kochi or Cochin. This is because Kochi is in central place of Kerala and it is very convenient to reach many tourist destinations in Kerala from here.  It is a part of Ernakulam which is a beautiful district located on the coast of the Arabian Sea and must see place to go in Kerala. Ernakulam has one of the most finest natural harbours and hence, called as ‘Queen of Arabian Sea

Places to visit in Kochi: Kochi Fort, Marine Drive Kochi, Bolghatty and Vypeen Islands, Kodanand elephant training center, Hill palance museum etc. are some of the best tourist places to visit in Kochi

Best Time to visit Kochi: March to June

Nearest Airport to Kochi: Kochi Airport or Cochin International Airport

Hotels in Cochin:


Alleppey – The backwater hot spot

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Kerala – Alleppey backwater

Alleppey tops this list of best tourist places in Kerala with pictures. Its backwater trips, houseboat stays, and serene beauty attract a fair number of people to its territory. In fact it is the most popular place to experience Kerala’s backwaters. Lord Curzon’s depiction of Alleppey as the Venice of the East is not a hyperbole. Alleppey houseboat vacation is what people look for on their visit to Alleppey. Click here for Alleppey houseboat booking

Places to visit in Alleppey: Alappuzha Beach,Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.

Best time to visit Alleppey: September to mid-May

Nearest airport to Alleppey: Kochi Airport, which is 53 km away from the city.

Hotels in Alleppey:


Kumarakom – One of most tranquil places to visit in Kerala

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Places to visit in Kumarakom Kerala

Kumarakom holds a special spot in the list of best places to visit in Kerala. The tempting waterways, decorated lakes, aromatic coconut grooves, fresh paddy fields, thick mangrove forests, delightful authentic food, and unpolluted freshness of the air add to the list.Also, Kumarakom houseboat stay offers a lot more solitude and privacy as compared to Alleppey.

Popular tourist places in Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach, and Pathiramal Island.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Kochi Airport is 85 km away from Kumarakom.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away.

Stay in Kumarakom:


Bekal – Nothing less of heaven on earth!

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Heaven on earth – Bekal in Kerala

Bekal is specially known for its famous Bekal Fort, which is rated amongst the best tourist places in Kerala. Many Indian movies, like Rang De Basanti, are filmed in the fort premises. Bekal is among the top three honeymoon places in South India.

Popular tourist places in Bekal: Bekal Fort, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Bajpe Airport is nearest at 72 km.

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod Railway Station is just 12 km from Bekal.

Stay in Bekal:


Guruvayur – A spiritual spot

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Guruvayur Temple Kerala

One of Kerala’s most spiritual places, Guruvayur is located in Thrissur District. Being a small town, this is one of the lesser known tourist places to visit in Kerala, and hence, a perfect spot to get to know local culture of the state.

Popular tourist attractions: Guruvayur Sree Vishnu Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, and St. Thomas Church etc are one among the best tourist places in Kerala.
Best time to visit: October to March

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is located 87 km away

Nearest railway station in Guruvayur: Guruvayur has its own railway station

Where to stay in Guruvayur


Kozhikode – For authentic Malabar cuisine

Kozhikode
Best tourist places to visit in Kerala

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is one of the most active commercial cities in Kerala. It is known for its authentic Malabar food and the exotic spices that make the food so delicious. Also, when in Calicut, don’t miss on delicacies like Dum Biryani, Kallummakkaya, Chatti Pathiri, and Dal Halwa. And, this makes Calicut one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Places to visit in Calicut: Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport to Kozhikode: Karipur International Airport in Calicut is just 28 km away.

Nearest railway station to Kozhikode: Kozhikode Railway Station is well within the city limits.

Hotels in Kozhikode:


Kannur – The picture perfect coastal town

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Maheshwar, India – 3 February 2015: people washing themselves on sacred river Narmada in front of Maheshwar palace. To Hindus Narmada is one of 5 holy rivers of India

Kannur, formerly known as Cannanore is another scenic places to visit in Kerala, popular for weaving industries. Feel the charm of this beautiful colonial town, located at the north eastern coast of Kerala with its sun-kissed beaches bordered by luxuriant cashew plantations, ancient temples, splendid monuments and British and Dutch style buildings.

Popular tourist attractions in Kannur: Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort and Rajarajeshwara Temple

Best time to visit Kannur: October to March to enjoy a cool climate.

Nearest airport to Kannur: Calicut International Airport

Nearest railway station in Kannur: Kannur Main

Hotels in Kannur:

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