There’s a reason why Kerala is said to be God’s own country. Enchanting, alluring and colourful, nature thrives in this coastal state in India. From the beautiful backwaters to majestic waterfalls, ancient temples and mysterious legends, serene beaches and amazing food, there are so many tourist places in Kerala for every kind of traveller. Take a look for yourself! Here’s a list that will give you enough reason why it should be your next adventure and vacation destination.
The most famous backwaters of Kerala are in Alleppey, and it’s often described as the Venice of the East. It’s one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala, but don’t let that deter you. Rent a houseboat and forget about your woes as you connect to nature, and you’ll see why many travellers wish they could stay forever in this paradise.
The Ashtamudi Backwaters retreat is a popular choice of activity among nature lovers. It’s the second longest lake in Kerala, and the cruise connecting it to Alleppey will give you the most intimate backwaters experience.
Mannarasala Sri Nagaraja Temple
While in Alleppey, visit some of the holy sites as part of your spiritual pilgrimage. The Mannarasala Sri Nagaraja Temple at Haripad is among the most popular religious tourist places in Kerala. A heaven for devotees of the serpent gods, it has over 30,000 images of snakes!
Statue of Karumadikuttan
Located at the small village of Ambalapuzha, there’s a black granite statue called Karumadikuttan which is the name of Lord Buddha. It is highly respected by locals for its healing powers and ancient legends that surround the holy statue.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
This is a dream destination for those who love safari and wildlife adventures. This tiger reserve in Thekaddy is a place where you can see majestic elephants, deers, bisons, and the great Indian tiger.
Because life is better with flip flops, those who are craving for sun, sand and sea will find everything in Verkala Beach. Plus, it’s a foodie heaven of Kerala cuisine!
Munnar Hill Station
If the weather at Kochi or Chennai doesn’t suit you, a trip to Munnar highlands might be the escape that you need. Located 1600 feet above sea level, the cool weather and alluring hills may just be your cup of tea. Speaking of that, a trip to Tata Tea Museum is worth a visit!
A trip to Kerala won’t be complete without exploring the capital city of Trivandrum. Mahatma Gandhi once described this place as the ‘evergreen city of India’ because of the rich green rolling hills at the countryside. But there is really one landmark that will tell you’re in the city – the towering golden Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
There’s something about this waterfall that captivate filmmakers. Go visit and find out! It’s the largest waterfall in the state and just standing there from afar will tell you why Kerala is called “God’s own country”.
Fort Kochi Beach
Perhaps the most famous photo that depicts Kochi is the ones that show the Chinese fishing nets that are uniquely used in this region. It was introduced in this coastal town by Kublai Khan and its called Cheenavala. Walk down Fort Kochi Beach and you’ll still see fishermen using these massive nets.
If you’re craving for some quiet time and soul-searching away from the crowd, a day at Marari Beach is the best beach destination from Alleppey. It’s just two kilometres away from the famous backwaters. Here you’ll see the horizon change from green landscapes into endless golden stretch of sand.
Oh Thrissur and its city of gold! God’s own country reveals its riches here. Apart from being the cultural capital of Kerala, it houses the best dance and music academies in the country. Schedule your visit during the Thrissur Pooram Festival and you’ll see the most colourful event in South India.