Kerala often referred to as God’s own country is indeed a land of mystic beauty that beckons nature lovers from far and wide. Your dream of color, warmth and verdant greenery can all be fulfilled in this unique land set on the coastal lands of Malabar in the South Western region of India. Enjoying a vacation in Kerala implies spending some enriched moments amid the scenic backwaters, enjoying tranquil boat cruises, indulging in the most relaxing Ayurveda therapies and spa therapies, visit the many old magnificent temples and quaint churches. When you are in this South Indian land of paradisiacal beauty, don’t forget to visit the following top 6 must-visit places that make Kerala quite famous-
Munnar is perched at an elevation of 1600 ft above the sea level and has acquired for itself the complimentary metaphor of ‘Kashmir of South India’. Famed for its sprawling tea gardens, an interesting tea museum, beautiful meandering paths and misty hills plus forests full of exotic fauna and flora, this splendid hill station has already made its place as a distinct tourist destination in the national and international tourism circuit. Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Devikulam, Mattupetty Dam are places that you must visit while at Munnar
Wayanad is a green pastoral land set at an elevation of 700-2100 m on Western Ghats. The landscape of the region is made up of paddy fields, coconut palms, dense forest covers, lofty peaks. Wayanad ranks 12th among all the other Kerala districts and it came into existence on the 1st of November; year 1980. Nature lovers and adventure seekers make their way to Wayanad in large numbers every year. You can trek your way to Meenmutty Falls or Chembra Peak and enjoy wonderful sceneries in the course of the journey. Visiting the Tholpetty Wildlife sanctuary and the wondrous Edakkal Caves are also something you shouldn’t miss while at Wayanad
The backwaters of Kerala can offer a tourist an out-n-out rejuvenating experience. Whether you choose to enjoy a boat cruise with freshly cooked traditional Kerala cuisine on board or wish to spend a night in one of the typical houseboats in the midst of the palm-fringed canal or lake, the Kerala backwaters can offer you an ultimate blissful experience helping to relax and unwind in the most ideal way
The Varkala beach of Kerala is a unique enough beach. It is also differently called the ‘papanasam’ beach (that which demolishes sins). The uniqueness of the beach lies in the fact that the coastal land and beach area is nearly flat but is interspersed with black cliffs all around which create a quite strange sight to behold. As waves dash against these boulders and cliffs high water spouts are generated. There are many stalls and shops around to enjoy mouth-watering snacks
Kochi previously referred to as Cochin is Kerala’s port city and falls on the western coast of our country bordering Arabian Sea. Kochi comes within Ernakulum district of Kerala that comprises of the eastern section of Kochi’s mainland. Kochi holds special significance for the nation as a whole because this city offers room to the Indian Navy, Kochi Port, Indian Coast Guard, some vital Chemical factories. From the tourism point of view too, Kochi is no less because there are many visit-worthy places here at this wonder city of Kerala like Kochi marine drive, Mattancherry Jain Temple, Kochi Harbor.
Alleppey in Alappuzha district of Kerala is an exotic land of lagoons, beaches, backwaters and lush green paddy fields. The intricate network of various types of waterways makes Alleppey a graceful watery world quite similar to Venice. Thus it is no wonder that Alleppey is often referred to as the ‘Venice of East’ by its fans. The waterways are studded with innumerable houseboats and punted canoes. While sailing across, your eyes would invariably meet the small hamlets clustered along the canal banks or would fall on the curvaceous succulent rice barges and swaying green paddy fields. While at Alleppey, the major must-see places that no tourist should miss are Alappuzha beach, Vembanad, St Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Pathiramanal, Mullakkal Temple. So don’t miss to visit these beautiful places in your next trip to Kerala.
The post is by Devendra Singh Farswan a traveler & blogger who loves traveling, rafting, mountaineering and making new friends. Currently working with NamasteIndiaTrip.com, a leading travel company that offers various tour packages for India and International.