Top 10 Tourist Places To Visit In Kerala
Kerala - God's Own Country
Kerala is one of the most amazing places in the world. It's a spot where the heavenly scenic elegance merges with the tranquility and beauty of the nature.In Kerala, every single month represents different festivals of colors and traditions.
Kerala is well known for its beautiful and quiet beaches, blissful hill stations, fascinating backwater cruises in house boats, relaxing monsoon weather, exciting "Pooram" festivals - among them "Onam" is the most prestigious, renowned traditions, exciting martial arts training and countless traditional art forms and dances.
Monsoon throughout India is a joyous experience for tourists from all over the world.Monsoon reaches Kerala in the months of June, July and August.The rainfall through the greenery of paddy fields, the hill stations and the backwaters certainly are a must see experience.
A brief and detailed introduction has been given below about the top places to visit in Kerala.
1.Silent Valley National Park
Silent Valley National Park, is one of the biggest biodiversity hubs in Kerala and it is a part of the Western Ghats which lies from the Konkan region to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is the place where you will be able to find the largest inhabitants of Lion-Tailed Macaque, which is among the most rare and threatened primates on earth. The park gets its name from Draupadi ,wife of the Pandavas in Mahabharatha and is also called as Sairandhri's Forest. The National Park is a home to a large species of both vulnerable and non vulnerable flora and fauna. The natural environment is relaxing without any sounds or disturbance. " Kunthi Puzha " (Kunthi river) which flows through the heavy forest is a treat to the eye for the tourists coming here. It is situated forty five kilometers from Palakkad.
Best time to visit : October to March .These months are having cool and pleasant climates.
2.Alappuzha Backwaters (Kayal)
Backwaters are meandering inland waters and lagoons networked by simply pathways lying parallel to ocean shoreline. The prominent attractive backwater stretches of Kerala consists of Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Kochi and Kollam . The backwater luxury ,cruise between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest in Kerala that can take at least 8 hrs. The wonderful Snake Boat events are usually seen in the weeks of July and August attracting a huge number of people to Kerala even the foreign tourists.The Snake Boat race is a part of the harvest season and the festival Onam. Many of the renowned boat races are generally Aranmula Vallamkali (Boat Race), Champakulam Race, Nehru Trophy Race, as well as Payippad Boat Race. The wonderful as well as enchanting houseboat trip in the backwaters is a fascinating experience.
Best time to visit : The months of July, August and September if you want to experience the monsoon and the harvest season.January - March is a pleasant climate for boating.
Kumarakom can be a popular idyllic holiday destination situated far from the noise and sounds of city life. Kumarakom consists of a group of small islands on the Vembanad lake. This popular and stunning backwater of Kerala has a bird sanctuary which is the home for a large species of flora and fauna.The exciting houseboat cruise trip through the backwaters is a must do activity fro the tourists. Fishing,trekking, Natural Ayurvedic treatment and a variety of traditions are the major things to do in Kumarakom. It is fifteen kilometer west of Kottayam.
Best time to visit: September to May
4.Periyar National Park & Thekkady
It is situated in Thekkady in Idukki near the Western Ghats. It houses a large number of tigers and plays an important role in tiger conservation in India. It is a part of the Western Ghats, one of the wealthiest bio diversity hubs around the globe. It houses many endangered varieties of wildlife and plants.It is situated 4 kms from Thekkady in Idukki district.Trekking and Boating is also a common tourist activity in the park.
Best time to visit : October - May.The summer of May and April would be the best time to visit the National Park as the animals would come out in search of water and spotting them would be easy.
Munnar was said to be the former summer season resort of British officials and supervisors during the colonial period.It is about 1600m above the sea level. The main destinations in Munnar are the tea farms, Eravikulam National Park and Mattupetty Dam. There are numerous 5 star resorts for accomodation in and around Munnar. It is situated 62 kilometers from Idukki.
Best time to visit: September-May.The months of September would be having slight drizzles.The winters are in the months of December and January and would be too foggy.The better experience would be in the summer season.
6.Bekal Fort Beach
The Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala which spreads around an area of 50 acres.Its well known for its structural design and architecture especially the water tank with the flight of steps.The panoramic seaside provides a wonderful and scenic view of the historical Bekal Fort. You will find facilities for recreation and relaxation at the fort premises. In addition, it is also known as Pallikere Seaside. The fort is located in Kasargod district.
Best time to visit : The summer months of March, April and May are best suited to visit the fort and the Bekal beach.
Thenmala is the first planned ecological and leisure project in India. Thenmala has a good number of eco-travel and leisure destinations scattered throughout the hill ranges and acres of forest nearby .The meaning regarding Thenmala is actually "hillsides that flow honey" and also the honey available there is certainly shown to possess medicinal properties. Boating, trekking, mountaineering and biking are other activities to indulge in. It is about seventy two km from Thiruvananthapuram.
Best time to visit : The winter months are the best time to visit as the summers are hot and can be uncomfortable.
It is one of the globally well-known exotic seashore along with extremely vast coast and peaceful atmosphere. Ayurvedic therapeutic massage parlors, Panchakarma Treatment and Pilates centers near the beach are popular relaxation areas. It is located 16 km from Thriuvanthapuram .
Best time to visit : The winters are cool and less humid where you can enjoy the serenity of the beach and take a break from your stressful life.
Although it is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, those who do visit Kerala find time to visit Kanyakumari as it is only 80 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. It is the southern most point of mainland India.It was one of the major centers for trade,culture and arts from the 16th century. The sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari is its signature attraction. Some of the other major attractions are the Hindu temples,Vivekananda Rock and the Thiruvalluvar Statue.
Best time to visit : Months of March,April and May is the best time to visit.
In Malayalam the term Wayanad means the "land of paddy". Wayanad is famous for its prominent greenery and its connection to the tribal culture and people.Important places to visit include Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Hill, Kuruvadweep. Wayanad is a place for tourists to trek and explore uncharted hills and waterfalls.
Best time to visit : October to May would be ideal for tourists and photographers as the skies would be clear and not foggy.