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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!
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Lighthouse Beach In Kovalam
Lighthouse beach in Kerala is a beautiful sandy beach with a lighthouse. In a state that offers so much to travelers like dense forests, picturesque hill stations, lush green plantations, and serene backwaters, the hawa beach in Kovalam is a breath of fresh air. Tourists and locals alike flock to the lighthouse beach koval...
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- Ideal for families
Marari Beach In Alleppey
Popularly known as Mararikulam beach, Marari beach in Alleppey is nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala. It is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from the main city of Alleppey. This now well-renowned tourist destination was a local and unidentified fishing spot a few decades back. This beach spot is now an excel...
- Water Activities
- Sun and Sand
Pathiramanal Island In Kumarakom
A small but beautiful island in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, Pathiramanal Island is one of the best kept secrets of the state. For those wondeirng how to reach pathiramanal, it is located in the centre of Vembanad Lake. Loosely referring to “sands of night”, the Pathiramanal Island Kerala is a major tourist destination...
- Bird Watching
- Scenic view
- Speed boat ride
Top Station in Munnar
The Western Ghats in Kerala have been used for tea plantation since the British Raj. One of these heavenly places in God’s Own Country is Munnar. This hill station lies within the largest tea-growing region in South India. Located about 32 kilometres from Munnar in Idukki district, Top Station offers an expansive view of th...
Anakkara In Thekkady
Anakkara is a small village in the Idukki district of Kerala. Anakkara lies in the Western Ghats at a height of 4000 feet above the sea level. Anakkara is famous for its spice plantations and is situated at a distance of about 13 km from Thekkady and 120 km from Kottayam. It has comfortable climate throughout the year with ...
- Spice plantations
- Family Trip
Periyar Lake In Thekkady
The Periyar lake in Thekkady is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. The Periyar Lake was formed during the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar river in the year 1895. Periyar Lake offers one of its kind of animal watching, where the tourists can watch the animals very closely, sitting comfortably ...
- Tea plantations
- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Cardamom Plantation
- Family Trip
Chinese Fishing Nets In Kochi
The Chinese fishing nets in Kochi are particularly famous for adding additional beauty to the beaches and the mundane waters. They are one of the most photographed sites in Kochi, and deservingly so. Their silhouettes against the sunset create a breathtaking view. The Nets are a famous tourist attraction as the mechanisms ...
- Fishing trip
- Ideal For Family
Things To Do In Kerala
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Kathakali In Munnar
Enjoy the amazing kathakali show in Munnar in one of the most charming hill stations, Munnar. This traditional dance form originated in this southern state and allows you to view it in its traditional essence. Witness the magic of Kathakali in Munnar as performed by skilled artists in an art performance temple called Kooth...
- Folk Dance Evening
- Music Cultural Show
- Ideal for families
Elephant Ride In Thekkady
Elephant ride in Thekkady is one of the most popular activity for tourists in the city. A Thekkady elephant ride offers a chance to enjoy a breathtaking view of the tea and cardamom plantations to tourists. While on an elephant, you can access the otherwise inaccessible areas of the Periyar National Park, due to the rough t...
- Elephant rides
Trekking in Sahibkkunnu
Sahibkkunnu is one of the most famous places in Wayanad to trek. Wayanad in short means that land of the paddy fields in the local tongue. Wayanad is known for its out of the world natural beauty and is one of the most famous hill stations in Kerela. The way to trek to Sahibkkunnu is filled with dense forests and wildness. ...
Backwater Cruise In Kumarakom
The backwaters in Kumarakom have gained much fame over the years for their serenity and beauty. And so of all the things to do, the Kumarakom backwater cruise is considered to be a must-do! It not only lets you experience the breathtaking beauty of the backwaters but also offers the much-needed pampering and refreshing exp...
- Houseboat Stay
- Ideal for couples
Rock Climbing And Rappelling In Munnar
Munnar’s hilly landscapes provide the perfect terrain for rock climbing and rappelling. Adventure enthusiasts can trek right up to the top of the misty peaks here and also hike off a steep cliff. This is one activity your entire group will enjoy as you will get an adrenaline rush like no other in one of the most charming hi...
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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Trip to KeralaWell experienced driver with more patience. Good service provided by Godwin Holidays Thanks a lot Munnar is very beautiful place. Thekkady not that much but ok Alleppy cruise experience nice but the room provided by them not good Night time very bad Cochin is very good Overall with good memories we reached Hyderabad
Trip to KeralaIt was a really good trip for us. The Cab driver was very cooperative and friendly. Already recommended couple of friends for travel triangle.
Trip to KeralaHari and driver Prakashan were very helpful during the trip. Lake and Hills resort was a great experience with courteous service and delicious food. Hostess Thekkadi was a bit of let down where the bed was uncomfortable and service was reticent. Houseboat service was mediocre but they did perovide us with delicious seafood. Sunset in the houseboat Stay at lake and Hills.
Trip to KeralaThe stay in Munnar was excellent. But boat house stay was very average. The staffs in boat house were good but boat was very old and rooms were not cleaned. The TT agent assured me of great experience but I was disappointed. Also the driver was not aware of roads and we were struggling for more than 1 hour just to find boat house location. Stay in Munnar, Munnar local sight seeing
Trip to KeralaIt was a good trip only we had to be in a non ac cab for 2 days Jeep safari
Trip to KeralaThe team arrangement for trip was ultimately fine , safe and enjoyable. The driver and resort every thing is fine and good . Thanks for the arrangement and everything
Trip to KeralaThe best thing about the trip was that Sunil sir was always in contact throughout the trip. He took care of all of the small things and made sure that we had the best experience. The hotel at Munnar - Mashumantra resorts (location is best for a nature loving person).
Trip to Keralatour and itinerary were good, cab service could be improved also there were no interaction with local tour manager and we have to call to ask for the tour schedule and cab details. road trip especially from Gangtok to nathula pass is memorizing.... one can't imagine the natural beauty unless see through its eyes....
Trip to KeralaThe Kerela package of 4nights and 5 days( Munnar &Alleppey) was gift to our parents on the eve of their 40th wedding anniversary. This is the second time I chose Travel Triangle to plan my holidays and we had a great experience thanks to the package planned by Inspire holidays. Mr.Mani from Inspire Holidays created the most amazing trip for us- fulfilling every need and request made by us.He went beyond expectations and delivered the best customer experience. They gave us a very comfortable plan considering our group of 9 people including adults, children and elders. Both the hotels Misty Mountain Resort and the Houseboat in Alleppey were very pleasant and satisfying. The driver Manu who was with us from the time of our arrival In kochi till our departure was very good natured, polite person and felt like a family member. We enjoyed the local food and delicacies thanks to him as he guided us to the best eating joints and he always kept the tempo traveller provided to us very fresh and clean. A very special Thankyou to Venus Kaur the TravelTriangle holiday expert who put all our apprehensions & worries to rest and always responded immediately to any of our concerns. Thanks to all of these who planned our trip and gave us a memorable experience Keep up the good work.
Trip to KeralaThanks Aswathy.... Its was very nice trip with reasonable rates. Strongly recommended......
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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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