The land of palms and lagoons, the land of tigers and elephants, and the land of rich traditions and cultures is none another than “God’s own country”- Kerala. Be it for its therapeutic oils, coffee plantations, exotic wildlife, yoga, aromatic spices or awe landscape sights, you will get immersed in its natural beauty! So, here we are with a list of top 10 tourist spots in Kerala, which are worth watching!
Munnar: The Kashmir of South
Located at 1600 m above the sea level, Munnar was once the summer capital of the British government. The land is nestled between the tea and coffee plantations, which are breathtaking to watch. Munnar is indeed a heavenly paradise, with meandering lush gardens and waterfalls on the way. The Indo Swiss Diary Farm is also worth visiting. With its cosy cottages and bungalows, classy playgrounds, and courts, Chithirapuram gives an old charm.
Wayanad: The Land of Nature
If you are enchanted with Munnar’s scenic beauty, which is partially man made, Wayanad exhibits you the natural landscapes. The green lush mountains, winding lanes, and the thick forests give you an eerie experience. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary that is situated in the heart of Wayanad, witnesses animals, like the spotted deer, elephants, bison, tiger, and the lion. The Edakkal caves flaunt some very classy and old paintings. Other places, which are worth watching, are Meenmutty waterfalls, Kuruva islands (Kuruvadweep), and the Jain temple.
Ananthapuri: Land of Kings
The land of beaches “Trivandrum” is a must see for all the visitors. Also, Kovalam has some of the best beaches in India, which is a half hour drive from the main city. While passing by the road, you can witness Varkala, which is also a beautiful pilgrimage centre. The Ananthapuri temple is nestled in the main city, and is historic. Other worth-watching places are Kanyakumari and Ponmudi.
Kumarakom: Heaven of Serenity
If you are looking for some relaxation and peace, then Kuttanad is the perfect destination for you. Close to Kuttanad, lies the mangrove covered lagoons, in which rests the houseboats, made up of bamboos. Here, you can relish the typical Kerala food, the wonderful ayurvedic massage, and the cultural programmes. Watching Kathakali dance along with a platter of South Indian food is indeed mind-blowing.
Thekkady: Land of Wildlife
The best place to come close the fauna and flora. From the Indian tiger to the leopard, this sanctuary has it all. Also, there are deer’s, bison’s, boars, macaques and elephants. If you are fond of trekking, you can trek right amidst of the forests or take an elephant ride for sightseeing. The lake, which is situated right in the heart of forest, offers a beautiful sight of many water birds.
Cochin: Queen of Arabia
It is the main place of tourist attraction in south India. Its vast lagoons and lakes offer a variety of water sports to the tourists. From river rafting to kayaking, this place has it all. The boat ride through the lagoons is a marvellous experience. The famous Jewish Synagogue and the Bolgatty Palace across the lagoon are also worth watching. Cochin also gives a pleasure of shopping to the tourists. Other places of interest are Tripunithura Palace and Santa Cruz Basilica.
Thrissur: Cultural Capital
It’s famous for its glorious festival Thrissur Pooram. The festival is marked with the presence of hundred of elephants on the grounds of the famous Vadakkunnatha temple. The festival is celebrated in April- May months. The holy city is also known for its arts forms like, the famous Kathakali dance. The famous waterfalls named Vazhachal and Athirappilly is a major Bollywood attraction spot. Other places to see are Chalakudy and Guruvayur temple.
Vagamon: The Enchanted Meadows
Perfect destination for the honeymoon couples. The main attractions here are vast hillocks and the beautiful lakes. During winters, the hillocks are covered with thick mist that gives it a sight of snow capped mountains. The thick green pine forests are an ideal spot for family picnics or for the love couples. The Kurishumala church on a hill top is a grand pilgrimage, which offers an adventurous route for trekking.
Kollam: Land of Cashews
The land of religion, hills, back waters and culture. The Ashtamudi Lake encompasses a variety of water events like boating, parasailing, rafting, and fishing. The famous lighthouse was built by Portuguese, which is another major tourist attraction. Thenmala is also a magnificent site to set the eyes on. Well, if you are sporty, go for mountain biking and rock climbing. Other worth-visiting places are Palaruvi falls and Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram.
Agasthyarkoodam: Land of Bio-Diversity
A towering forest at 1868 meters, stretched across the Western Ghats is a land of variety of flora. The forests are spread from Kollam to the districts of Tamil Nadu. These plants also carry medicinal value. Trekking through the thick forest can be a memorable experience for any traveller. This place is indeed a heavenly paradise for all the trekkers.
Next time when you plan for a trip, think about the beautiful pine forests, coffee plantations, aromatic spices, wild elephants, and the famous Kathakali dance. I am sure ‘you will’!