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9 Popular Tourist Places in Kerala

Updated on October 2, 2017

'Kerala' literally means 'the land of coconut palms'. It is nature lovers' paradise. This beautiful Indian state, with around 600 kilometers of Arabian Sea coast, is a tropical symphony. When you are in Kerala, you will experience a culture and heritage that has thrived since ancient times.

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Here are some amazing tourist places in Kerala.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this beautiful temple is well-known for its murals. The temple architecture is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles. In the sanctum sanctorum, Lord Padmanabhaswamy is enshrined in the "Anantha Shayanam" (eternal yogic sleep) posture.

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West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023, India
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Marari Beach

This spacious sandy beach is located in in Alappuzha district. It's an ideal place to unwind yourself. Surfing, parasailing, water skiing, and deep sea fishing are some popular activities here. The weather at Marari beach is warm and humid throughout the year.

Marari Beach

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Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam- Thoppumpady Rd, Mararikulam, Alappuzha, Kerala 688523, India
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Marari Beach

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Located in Western Ghats, this popular hill station is well-known for its large expanse of tea plantations, wild life, forests, valleys and mountains. This idyllic hill station is around 1,600 meters above sea level.


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Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
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Guruvayur Temple

Even though many people say that this holy Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, according to the temple authorities the presiding deity in the Garbhagraha (central shrine) is Mahavishnu. Located in Guruvayur, this temple is built in kerala architecture style. The presiding deity is worshipped according to the pooja routines laid down by the great philosopher and theologian Adi Sankaracharya. People call the diety Guruvayoorappan.

Guruvayur Temple

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Guruvayur Devaswom, East Nada, Guruvayur, Kerala 680101, India
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Guruvayur Temple

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Periyar National Park

This protected area covers an area of about 777 square kilometers. Located in the Western Ghats, this national park houses animals like tigers, elephants, lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bisons. Go for a boat cruise to enjoy magnificent views of wildlife, flora and fauna.

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Periyar National Park, Kerala, India
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Alappuzha is well-known for its serene backwaters and houseboat cruises. People call this city the "Venice of India" because of its many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons.

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Alappuzha, Kerala, India
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Athirapally Falls

Located in Thrissur district, this waterfall is formed by River Chalakudy, which originates in Western Ghats. It drops from around 80 feet.

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Athirappilly Water Falls, Pariyaram, Kerala
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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Located at around 7.900 feet above sea level, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is the home to the highest tea plantation in the world. Misty views, colonial bungalows, and tea plantations in this hilly haven attract tourists from all over the world. Even though this tea estate is in Tamil Nadu, I am including it here because it is just around 20 miles from Munnar.

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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Bodinayakanur, Theni District, Kottagudi, Tamil Nadu 685612, India
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Malampuzha Retreat Centre

This serene spiritual retreat is located around 7 kilometers from Palakkad. It is for those among you who are interested in things like spirituality, Self realization, meditation, etc.

I liked the practical approach these people have for spirituality, meditation, etc. They do not bore you with long lectures. They take you through the process and allow you to experience the benefits.

Here you can learn techniques to relax your mind and body completely; to connect with the Source of peace, joy, bliss, wellness and prosperity in your heart.

They do not take money because they believe that spirituality should not be sold. People here are warm and welcoming.

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SMSF Spiritual Retreat Centre, Chembana, Kava,, Malampuzha, Palakkad,, Kerala 678 501, Tel: +91-491-
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      Srikanth R 3 months ago

      Please visit. Kerala is a beautiful state in South India.

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      Louise Powles 3 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That looks a beautiful place to visit. I enjoyed the videos you posted, especially the temple. I'd love to visit there.