The Indian state of Kerala has been described by many as ” god’s own country”. Named as one of the “top ten paradises of the world” by the national geographic traveler, with its long shoreline and serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters and lush mountains it really does resemble a paradise. Along with its beauty, it is a host to various forts, temples, shrines. So we bring to you 5 places that are a must see when you do give a visit to the god’s country!!
For those hill station lovers out there, Munnar is the place for you. Known as the only hill station in Kerala, its beauty is incomparable to the commercialized hill stations found in the north. It is situated at a height of 1,600 ft above sea level and at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill station used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British Goverment in south India. Take a stroll through the achromatic tea gardens and visit the century old tea factories, visit the Eravikulam national park, home to the Nilgiri Tahir, which is very near to extinction. Also for those adventure junkies out there, munnar is the place for you to dish out on your cravings. choose from a variety of adventure sports ranging from rock climbing to rappelling to para-gliding.
This peaceful and quiet town lies on the outskirts of the Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several place of tourist interest like a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple and the Ashramam – sivagiri mutt, founded by the great Hindu philosopher and reformer Sree Narayan guru. But the major tourist attraction is the beautiful Varkala beach, also called as the papanasam beach. This beach is located 10 kms away from varkala and is renowned for its natural spring. the varkala beach is arguably one of the most clean and beautiful beaches in India. The cliff over the beach provides an panoramic view of the ocean and the sunset and the shacks next to the beach are perfect for relaxing away from the hustle bustle. varkala is also popular for its ayurvedic massage centers..
3) Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Thekkady
Located close to the spice plantations and surrounded by the cardamom hills, the periyar national wildlife santuary is one of the most popular attractions in thekkady. the periyar forests of thekkady is one of finest wildlife reserves in india. it has over 1965 species of flora and over 300 species of fauna. the santuary also has various plantations of tea, cardamom and peppearound the reserve. so for those animal lovers out there, kerala also has a place for you!
This quiet and peaceful little village is a cluster of little islands on the vembanad lake, and is part of the kuttanad region. Kumarakom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala but its popularity does not take away from it the peace and serenity of this place. An enchanting backwater destination, it has a number of houseboats for those people who wish to experience what living in one feels like. Kumarakom also has a bird sanctuary which is spread over 14 acres and is host to a number of migratory birds. Fun fact: the backwater resort set up by the Kerala tourism development corporation is located right in the middle of this sanctuary. So if you want to experience something different, visit Kumarakom!!
5) Fort Kochi
Of course no trip is ever complete without the customary tour of the churches and the temples and fort kochi is that place to visit when in Kerala. This place has its roots seated deep into history with something historic present at every corner. There is the dutch cemetery, the parade ground, the ancient Thakur house and also Fort Immaneul. The best way to explore this historic town is to set out on foot as there is something waiting to be seen at every step. Another highlight of visiting fort kochi are the peppy and colourful markets.
So there you have it folks. Its time to take Kerala off your bucket list. You know you are dying to!