Guide to Kerala

22 Apr Guide to Kerala

Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in the southern part of India, also known as God’s Own Country. It is renowned for many good reasons, not just for its picturesque landscape or the colourful fairs and festivals. 

There are many other attractions that make Kerala a perfect state to visit for holidays and tours. From the stunning beaches along the Malabar Coast to the maze of backwater canals cutting through huge rice fields to the glorious rolling hillside tea plantations in the Western Ghats, Kerala’s landscapes are almost as diverse as its people and the culture and history of the people of Kerala is a major factor in attracting the tourists. Below are some of the best attractions you must visit for your trip to Kerala.

1. Alleppey

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The town is beautiful and is visited by tourists to relax in serene backwaters. People traveling to Alleppey usually head straight to the backwaters, beaches and lagoons, which are absolutely synonymous to Paradise. It was described as one of the locations known as “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon where a houseboat vacation along the natural backwaters in Alleppey offers the landscapes attractions like paddy areas, small chapels and water lilies. Gaze at the moon while lying peacefully on the dock while you listen to the soft splashes of water against the houseboat.

=How to Get There=

Many buses connect Alleppay to Kerala via Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses. It will cost you between Rs1000 to Rs1800.

Alternatively, you can take a flight to Cochin International Airport. The airport is well connected to major cities in India. For a price of Rs5000 to Rs7000, it will take 3hours to bring you to the Venice of the East.

=Where to Stay=

  • Sreekrishna’s Thumpolly Beach Villa

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Address: Thumpolly Beach, 688008 Alleppey

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  • Marvel Cruise

$$$

Address: Akkarakalem Building, Mullakkal, Alappuzha, 688011 Alleppey

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=What to Do=

  • Houseboat Lodging

The houseboats are equipped with all modern amenities like plush carpets, bedrooms with attached bath and on board food. At US$150 to US$180, you will usually get to taste authentic Kerala cuisine while sailing through the gorgeous backwaters. It is truly a chance to connect with nature while having your body, soul and spirit rejuvenated.

  • Visiting Attractions
    • Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple

Address: Chettikulangara, P.O. Mavelikkara, Alappuzha, Kerala 690106

    • Arthunkal Church

Address: Arthunkal, Cherthala, Near Church Road, Alappuzha, Kerala 688530, India

    • Krishnapuram Palace

Address: Krishnapuram Palace, Oachira, Kerala 690502, India

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2. Munnar

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Munnar is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the state, with both Indian honeymooners and foreign tourists. People don’t visit Munnar for the small scruffy town, but for the stunning green hills that surround it, and most of all for the tea. It has exclusive views of extreme mountain slopes, which are covered with about 80,000 miles of green tea farms like organic bedding over mountains, which offer views of low-flying clouds and misty valleys. Being the centre of Kerala tea production, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views of the tea plantation covered mountains, as well as sample the quality tea itself.

=How to Get There=

As there are no airports around the vicinity of Munnar, the best way to reach it is by the road. State-run and private buses leave from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, costing around Rs1500.

=Where to Stay=

  • Nature Zone Jungle Resort

$$$

Address: Pullipara, 688512 Munnar
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  • Eco Tones Munnar

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Address: Eco Tones Camps, 10/203 (1) Muthuvankudi, Chengulam, Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala

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=What to Do=

  • Tata Tea Museum

Address: Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India

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The museum shows the basic process of tea making and exhibits the old photos and machinery during the colonial era.

  • Top Station

Address: SH18, Top Station, Tamil Nadu 625582, India

The most popular thing to do in Munnar, Top Station has amazing views from the highest of tea estates in India.

3. Kumarakom

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If you crave to stay in a small village in Kerala enjoying the tranquil backwater, sipping on tender coconut water, tasting some authentic Kerala food and experiencing the warmth of fresh air while watching bird soaring in the clear skies, Kumarakom Village is the place you should be in when you travel to Kerala. 

3todo2vembanad-lakeThe village is a peaceful, green and quiet region with numerous coconut palms and shallow waterways. The most famous tourist attractions of Kumarakom are the Bird Sanctuary and backwaters.

=How to Get There=

Travelling by bus is the most inexpensive way to reach Kumarakom. There are many Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses plying from Kottayam to Kumarakom. Each ticket costs around Rs1500.

=Where to Stay=

  • Aveda Kumarakom

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Address: V/240 A, Amankari Road, Kumarakom Village (W), Kottayam District, Kerala, Kumarakom3hotel1

  • Coconut Lagoon

$$$

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=What to Do=

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Address: Kavanattinkara Saktheeswaram Temple Road, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563, India

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Stretch over 14 acres of land, it houses a large variety of bird species. Among them are the migratory birds, Siberian stocks.

  • Vembanad Lake

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The longest lake in India, Vembanad offers an enchanting experience to tourists and the lake is the best picnic spot to read, unwind and fish.

4. Wayanad

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The perfect place for both nature and adventure lovers, Wayanad has inexplicable mountain caves, thundering waterfalls, large tracts of forest land, ancient ruins, tree houses, jungle trails and exotic wild life. Wayanad is a land of spices where coffee, turmeric, rubber, ginger, cocoa are all grown here. It is also famous for the richness it holds in the tribal heritage and agricultural abundance. Although it is the least populated district is Kerala, the exoticness and landscape make it a must to visit this destination.

=How to Get There=

From Delhi, take a flight to Bangalore and from there, head to Wayanad on a bus which cost aound Rs1000.

=Where to Stay=

  • Marmalade Springs Resort Wayanad

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Address: Muttil PO, Wayanad, 673121 Kalpatta

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  • The Suvistara Wayanad

$$

Address: Nandni Group, Mylambadi, PO, Meenangadi, Meenangadi

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=What to Do=

  • Pookot Lake

Address: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala 673576, India

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  • Chembra Peak

Address: Chembra, Kerala 673586, India

Reach the top of the peak and you will be treated with a heart shaped lake. The view will definitely leave you mesmerised.

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  • Edakkal Caves

Address: Wayanad, Kerala, 673593, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595, India

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5. Kovalam

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=How to Get There=

The Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to Kovalam. From the airport, buses are the most economical way to reach Kovalam. Each ticket costs around Rs1600.

=Where to Stay=

  • Niraamaya Retreats, Surya Samudra, Kovalam

$$$$

Address: Pulinkudi Mullur PO, 695521 Kovalam

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  • Vivanta by Taj, Green Cove

$$$

Address: GV Raja Vattapara Road, Trivandrum, 695527 Kovalam

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=What to Do=

  • Veli Tourist Village

Address: Veli Sanghumugham Rd, Veli, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695021

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  • Lighthouse Beach

Address: Light House Beach Rd, Near Malabar Restaurant, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527

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  • Hawa Beach

Address: Kovalam, Kerala 695527

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