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Kerala State Tourism (Trivandrum)

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About Kerala Tourism (2018)

All you need to know before planning an exotic holiday in the land of spices & houseboats

Tourist places in Kerala include rolling meadows, lush tea gardens, craggy mountains, fragrant spice plantations and sunny beaches. All of these essentially define Kerala! There are a number of tourist attractions in Kerala including breathtaking natural wonders, thrilling wildlife spots, and beguiling ancient monuments. Munnar plantations, Thekkady paddy fields, and Alleppey backwaters are the favourite places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon. Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad, and Thekkady are also among the best tourist places in Kerala.

Best Season to Visit 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. The backwaters, beaches, and coffee plantations are the best places to visit in Kerala in November.

Most tourist spots in Kerala hold something or the other to entice travelers of all ages, thus ensuring everybody has a good time on their vacation. Walk along the rice paddies 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!

Major Attractions in Kerala

Places to visit in Kerala

Some of the best places to visit in Kochi include While the Fort Kochi area is known for historical attractions, Jew Town is famous for shopping and dining options. Tourist places in Alleppey range from the iconic Alappuzha Lighthouse to Marari Beach which is a great spot to watch the sunset.

1) Backwaters 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.

2) Houseboats in Kerala

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 set sail on the backwaters while enjoying onboard meals.

3) 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. 

4) 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.

5) 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. 

6) Honeymoon Places in Kerala

Depending on the nature of a honeymoon trip, the newlyweds can any spot from wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, beach resorts, and cities to spend their romantic getaway. Explore the backwaters in Alleppey, wildlife safaris in Wayanad, and spice plantations in Munnar on a honeymoon in Kerala.

Top Experiences in Kerala 

1) Trekking in Kerala

Rajamalai Hill Station in Eravikulam National Park, Banasura Hill Trek, Top Station in Munnar and Chembra Peak in Wayanad are also considered famous trekking places in Kerala.

2) Kerala Wildlife

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.

3) Water Sports in Kerala

While Alleppey and Alappuzha are known for their kayaking activities, Kannaur and Wayand 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.

4) Adventure 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.


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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By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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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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

During the off-season, hill stations like Munnar are cool enough to travel to. However, places such as Alleppey and Kumarakom are pretty hot for a visit. Monsoon season does not see a lot of tourists but the lush greenery all around will ensure tourists will have a great time.

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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