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About Kerala Tourism
All you need to know before planning an exotic holiday in the land of spices & houseboats
Tourism in Kerala is all about rolling meadows, lush tea gardens, craggy mountains, fragrant spice plantations and sunny beaches. With a bevy of tourist attractions in Kerala including breathtaking natural wonders, thrilling wildlife spots, and beguiling ancient monuments, there is something to entice travelers of all ages, thus ensuring everybody has a good time on their vacation. Here you can walk along the rice paddies of Thekkady and rice plantations of Munnar, or wander under a stray waterfall, gaze in awe at the lush thickets of the national parks, or enjoy a breezy afternoon on a palm-shaded beach, float around in a handmade canoe on the backwaters, or enjoy a visit to a historical monument - when in Kerala, there's no end to exploring! Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad, and Thekkady are also among the best tourist places in Kerala.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family holiday, winter is the best season to visit Kerala. Daytime temperatures in Kerala from October through March remain ideal for local sightseeing. To visit the backwaters, beaches, and coffee plantations, November is the best time for an excursion here.
Depending on the nature of a honeymoon trip, the newlyweds can choose to spot by wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, beach resorts, and cities to spend their romantic getaway.
Walk down the winding path and cherish the picturesque beauty of Munnar fringed with green rolling hills. Hop on a shikara ride at Kundala Lake or enjoy some blissful moments at Attukal Waterfalls. Wake up marvelling at the spellbinding natural beauty as you and your partner sail through the serene backwaters of Alleppey. And, have a perfect romantic getaway amidst the spectacular settings of Wayanad decked with enchanting waterfalls, lakes, and wildlife sanctuaries. Besides that, a visit to Thekkady, Bekal, Kochi and other destinations also add wonderful memories to a romantic expedition.
With some of the best places to visit in Kochi including, the Fort Kochi area- known for historical
attractions, Jew Town- famous for shopping and dining options, or exploring the tourist places in Alleppey ranging from the iconic Alappuzha Lighthouse to Marari Beach- a great spot to watch the sunset; there is a lot more to cherish in Kerala.
Serene backwaters of Kerala drive a major chunk of tourist footfall in the state. Be it Alleppey or Kumarakom, exploring the tranquil charm of Kerala backwaters is a must-do activity for tourists.
Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey, the Venice of the East, let you experience tranquility and charm of Kerala at its best. While the meandering canals of the Kuttanad valley keeps one hooked till the entire trip. Head to Kumarakom island, a hub of little isles, for a leisure trip. And, let the jaw-dropping views of the backwaters of Kasargod beguile you for an extension of your holiday. Apart from these, backwaters of Cochin, Kozhikode, Kollam and other places are also a great option to enjoy a sojourn under the shade of natural beauty.
Few experiences in Kerala can rival the appeal of a houseboat stay and cruises. Travellers can check into traditional wooden houseboats in Kerala equipped with modern amenities to sail through the backwaters while enjoying onboard meals and some beautiful moments with their loved ones.
Temples in Kerala
Known for its indigenous Kerala architecture, Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most sacred temples in Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple is located in the Pathanamthitta district.
Hill Stations in Kerala
From the stunning viewpoints and coffee plantations of Munnar to adventure thrills in Vagamon, the hill stations in Kerala offer various delights and opportunities to indulge into.
Waterfalls in Kerala
A popular spot for honeymooners and families, Athirappilly Falls has been featured in several Malayalam and Bollywood movies. Meenmutty Falls in Wayanad beckong thousands of nature lovers and honeymooners every year.
Wildlife in Kerala
The Western Ghats in Kerala are known for their rich biodiversity. The slopes of the Western Ghats support some of the widest vegetation and wildlife in the country. Some of the famous places in Kerala include the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Evergreen rainforests cover a lot of area in inland Kerala. Periyar National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the most visited places in Kerala where tigers, leopards, elephants, and Nilgiri Tahr roam freely. These are the perfect places in Kerala for wildlife enthusiasts, who throng to the state for a chance to witness these creatures in their natural habitat.
Adventure Sports in Kerala
Whether it is rappelling and zip lining through a waterfall or enjoy a bird’s eye view while trekking or paragliding, Kerala offers a range of thrilling activities for tourists of all ages.
While a tour to Alleppey and Alappuzha has kayaking activities, Kannur and Wayanad offer some of the best rapids for river rafting in Kerala. Varkala Beach in Kovalam is the most popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving.
When looking for the most popular places to visit in Kerala, one must include the backwaters of Alleppey in their itinerary, apart from the verdant tea gardens of Munnar and the historical monuments of Kochi. Other than places, shopping also contributes majorly to Kerala's popularity among travelers. The local markets are full of beautifully handcrafted souvenirs that will forever remind you of your blissful trip to God's own country, such as wooden masks, intricately carved sculptures of boats, wall hangings, and pottery pieces. One can also purchase homemade chocolates, fragrant local teas, spices, dry fruits and coffee beans here. Ayurvedic massages and therapies are also an unmissable part of travel and tourism in Kerala. A fitting end to all Kerala trips, an Ayurvedic massage on the last day of your trip could help you take a load off and rejuvenate your senses before the journey back home.
Wait, the list of Kerala points of interest doesn't end here. Be it a long vacation or a short one, tourist attractions such as Chembra Peak, Vembanad Lake, Periyar National Park, spice gardens, tea plantations, Athirapally waterfalls, Veli Tourist Village and Folklore Museum are a must visit. All of these Kerala tourist spots are perfect if travelers want to enjoy a laid-back holiday at a few spots of historical significance, while also gaining on some peace and quiet.
When going for sightseeing in Kerala, make sure you manage your time in such way that you can cover all major attractions, and then also get time for some hearty shopping and local cuisine tasting. Also, plan ahead and add a few leisure days to your itinerary to explore the destination on your own. A trip to Kerala is sure to give you memories to last a lifetime if you plan it right!
Cities in Kerala
How To Reach Kerala
Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers
Kerala is the second state in India to have four international airports, namely Trivandrum International Airport, Cochin International Airport, Calicut International Airport and Kannur International Airport (which is yet to become operational). Kollam Airport is a domestic airport in Kerala that offers connectivity among major cities of the state itself. One can easily find themselves an economical flight to Kerala via any of the major airlines, which is why a majority of travelers opt for flights.
Travelers in the southern part of Kerala find it easy to access Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, whereas travelers in the central part of Kerala use the Kochi International Airport. In the northern side of the state, travelers access the Calicut International Airport.
Kerala has more than 200 railway stations, connecting various major cities as well as small towns of the state. Direct trains to various destinations in Kerala can be availed from major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Kolkata, among others. Superfast and express trains such as Rajdhani and Duronto connect the larger junctions, whereas mail and passenger trains are also easily available. Kerala's railway network runs from Kasargod, a northwestern point of the state, to the southwestern Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala is connected to most nearby states via well-maintained roads. Private taxis and buses are easily available in all major and minor parts of the state. Travelers from nearby destinations can also opt to drive their own vehicle to Kerala. Luxury overnight buses, some with built-in bathrooms, are available from destinations such as Alleppey, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram for various other cities across the state.
If you're in for a road trip to Kerala, you're sure to find abundant heart-warming vistas on your way. The roads are bordered by tea and banana plantations, small lakes and lush vegetation. You could even come across various waterfalls. The picturesque villages lining the roads offer a remarkable insight into the local way of life. And the best part about a road trip to Kerala is that you can stop for an impromptu photo session with the lush greenery in the backdrop.
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FAQ's of Kerala
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Sharing a houseboat or having one exclusively to yourself depends on the package you have taken. Share your requirements with the travel agent in advance to avoid last minute hassles.
With most airlines imposing a 20 kg limit on baggage, one must make sure to not bring excess baggage. Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are a must have, apart from airy cotton apparels and comfortable footwear. Also make sure that you leave enough space inyour bags for taking back home souvenirs from the state.
Some temples in Kerala do not allow photography of the idols and the temple premises. Also, Indian government prohibits photography of bridges and hydroelectric projects in the state
The off season in Kerala is from April to May, during which time it is too humid for comfort. The monsoon season here is from June to August.
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