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Top 5 Places To Visit In Kerala


If you are looking for a place that is beauty personified, if you are after a place that offers serene atmosphere and spectacular views and if you are aiming for some rejuvenation for your body and soul through natural treatment, you cannot think of a place other than Kerala. Kerala, the land, which enjoys the partiality of Mother Nature, has a lot to offer to tourists. Awe-inspiring beaches, majestic hill tops and picturesque landscape spellbound you on your visit to Kerala. It is very difficult to shortlist the tourist places in Kerala to narrow it down to 10 top places. However, an attempt is made here and you could include as many in your itinerary. The only suggestion while you visit Kerala is to take a long leave so that you could maximize your stay in the place.

1. Munnar

Munnar
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Hill station, Landscape, Tea Estates, Flora, Fauna
  • Major Attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Tea Estates and Anamudi.
  • Nearby Places: Chalakudy, Thekkady.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days.

Get ready to be lost in the chanceless beauty of the place where three rivers meet, namely Kundalay, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni. Situated at 1524-metre altitude on the Western Ghats, the tourist places in Munnar makes you wonder if it is the birthplace of beauty. The lush green landscape, waterfalls, lakes, forests and tea plantations make this place a heaven on earth. The place offers spectacular view of misty valleys and lakes. You might never have believed that watching tea plantations continuously might be so absorbing and interesting. You can have your share of adventure here as you can go paragliding, trekking and rock climbing.

  • Air
Cochin International Airport, 110 kms (approx 3 hours) away is the closest airport. Take a prepaid cab or a bus from Cochin to Munnar.
  • Rail
Aluva railway station (AWY), 110 kms away is the closest railway junction. Next option would be Ernakulam Junction railway station, about 135 kms away is the next major railway junction. Take a cab from any of these stations to Munnar.
  • Road
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides regular bus service in all parts of the state. Apart from state buses, some private buses also operate connecting Kerela with the nearby states. Munnar has good road connectivity through NH85 and NH45.

Places of Interest:

Atukkad WaterfallsMuniyara DolmensEcho Point
Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National ParkMattupetty DamChithirapuram
Top StationMarayur

2. Kumarakom

Kumarakom
Photo by Sarath Kuchi, CC BY-SA 2.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Backwaters, Nature, Houseboats.
  • Major Attraction: Vembanad Lake.
  • Nearby Places: Alleppey, Thekkady.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

Kumarakom is located near Kottayam. It is one of the famous attractions of Kerala. It is bird watchers’ paradise owing to the 14-acre bird sanctuary, a favorite ground for migratory birds. Kumarakom is also a spectacular backwater destination and hence you can go on a boating ride here. As Ayurvedic massage is done here, the place is a favorite for everyone who seeks to relax body and mind. The Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is a favorite tourist spot. It is the largest lake in Kerala and the longest lake in India. It is a great place to spend a relaxed day watching sunrise or sunset depending on the time of cruise.

  • Air
Cochin International Airport, about 70 kms (approx 2 hours) away is the closest airport. Take a prepaid cab or a bus from Cochin to Kumarakom.
  • Rail
Kottayam railway station (KTYM), 35 kms away is the closest railway junction. Next option would be Ernakulam Junction railway station, about 53.7 kms away is the nearest major railway junction. Take a cab from any of these stations to Munnar.
  • Road
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides regular bus service in all parts of the state. Apart from state buses, some private buses also operate connecting Kerala with the nearby states. Kumarakom has good road connectivity through NH85 and NH66.

Places of Interest:

Vembanad LakeAruvikkuzhi WaterfallsKumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom BeachKumarakom BackwatersBay Island Driftwood Museum
Pathiramanal IslandJuma Masjid

3. Thekkady

Thekkady
Photo by Sumeet Jain, CC BY-SA 2.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Backwaters, Wildlife, Elephant rides.
  • Major Attraction: Periyar National Park.
  • Nearby Places: Alleppey, Kumarakom.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days.

Thekkady offers a great chance to view wildlife while on a cruise. You can find various wildlife species here including elephants, tigers, deer, bisons and many more. Elephant rides are available here to take you inside the forest. Plantations and hill stations offer a picturesque setting to the place. You can go on a trek here. Some of the most important tourist attractions in Thekkady are Periyar River, Murikkady and Chellarkovil.

  • Air
Madurai Airport, about 150 kms (approx 3 hr) away is the closest airport. Take a prepaid cab or a bus from Madurai to Thekkady.
  • Rail
Kottayam railway station (KTYM), 107 kms (approx 3 hours) away is the closest railway junction. Take a cab or bus from the station to Thekkady.
  • Road
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides regular bus service in all parts of the state. Apart from state buses, some private buses also operate connecting Kerala with the nearby states. Thekkady has good road connectivity through NH85, NH66 and NH 183.


Places of Interest:

Periyar National Park and Wildlife SanctuaryKurisumalaMurikkady
PullumeduMangala Devi Temple

4. Varkala 

Varkala Beach
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Beaches, Cliffs, Landscape.
  • Major Attractions: Varkala beach and cliffs.
  • Nearby Places: Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, Paravur.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

Varkala is famous for Ayurvedic massage and the place itself is in a wonderful setting. The beach and the mountain make the place attractive. You would not want to miss the sight of sunset here. The beach is clean and offers a great relaxation. You could stretch and let your eyes feast on the tranquil atmosphere or go for swimming and enjoy a great physical exercise. One of the most important aspects about the beach is that it is less crowded and hence you can have your space without being disturbed. Let the beauty of the beach and the atmosphere sinks in as you spend a quiet evening here.

  • Air
Trivandrum International Airport, 40 kms (1 hour) away is the closest airport. Take a prepaid cab or a bus from here to Varkala.
  • Rail
Varkala Sivagiri railway station (VAK) is the closest railway junction. Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station (TVC), about 40 kms (1 hr) away is the nearest major railway junction. Take a cab from any of these stations to Varkala.
  • Road
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides regular bus service in all parts of the state. Apart from state buses, some private buses also operate connecting Kerala with the nearby states. Varkala has good road connectivity through NH 66.

Places of Interest:

Shree Janardhanaswamy TempleSivagiriPapanasam Beach
Edava BeachVarkala Tunnel

5. Kovalam

Kovalam Beach
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Beaches, Nature, Rivers.
  • Major Attraction: Kovalam beach
  • Nearby Places: Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

Kovalam is yet another stunning location in Kerala. Situated 16 kms away from the city of Trivandrum, Kovalam has three enchanting beaches. The largest of all the three beaches is the Lighthouse Beach. Hawah Beach is the second largest one here and the third beach is Samudra. Kovalam is one of the most sought after destinations in Kerala.

  • Air
Trivandrum International Airport, 15 kms away is the closest airport. Take a prepaid cab or a bus from Madurai to Kovalam.
  • Rail
The Trivandrum Central railway station (TVC) is the closest major railway junction. Take a cab or bus from the station to Kovalam.
  • Road
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides regular bus service in all parts of the state. Apart from state buses, some private buses also operate connecting Kerala with the nearby states. Kovalam has good road connectivity through Kovalam Rd.

Places of Interest:

Lighthouse BeachHawah BeachSamudra Beach
The German BakeryKaramana RiverEdakallu
Vellayani LakeHalcyon CastleValiyathura Pier
Vizhinjam Village

Suggesting just a few places to visit in Kerala is a Himalayan task. Thrissur, Kollam, Allepey, Periyar and Wayanad are also among the major tourist destinations in Kerala. Kerala has limitless beauty to offer and is often nicknamed as “God’s own Country”. It is a perfect place to spend a vacation as Kerala elevates your spirits. You can experience oneness with nature and since Kerala is famous for massages, you can have a great time massaging your body to revive yourself.

5 comments

  1. Hi!

    Can you please advise package cost for one family in Kerala for 5-6 days including sight seeing and hotel.

  2. Kerala is definitely a great choice for a perfect holiday trip. the backwater boathouses are best option to spend some time with family. No doubt Kerala is the “God’s Own City”.

  3. I really wanted to visit in Kerala soon.
    If I could stay in long time there.I will..

  4. Can you please advise package cost for one family in Kerala for 5-6 days including sight seeing (without Hotel).

  5. 15 nights tour of south India which should include Tamilnadu and Kerala Tour.

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