A beautiful houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala

Kerala Tourism

Set off for a tour to this serene & most beautiful state of South India
Tourism in Kerala

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About Kerala Tourism

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

Kerala is a gorgeous South Indian state which has long coastlines and mesmerizing hill stations like Munnar and Alleppey. The country has some exceptional places which can be explored with Kerala tourism. A few top things to do in Kerala are staying in a houseboat, elephant bathing, bird watching, shikara ride, and go for Periyar jeep ride. The culture of Kerala is influenced by Davidian culture and Indian culture.

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! 

Honeymoon Places in Kerala

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 marveling at the spellbinding natural beauty as you and your partner sail through the serene backwaters of Alleppey. With Kerala tourism enjoy a great stay in a gorgeous location. 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.

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.

Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey, the Venice of the East, let you experience tranquility and charm of Kerala at its best. With Kerala tourism stay in the most serene and calm environment. While the meandering canals of the Kuttanad valley keep 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.

Houseboats in Kerala

Few experiences in Kerala can rival the appeal of a houseboat stay and cruises. Travelers 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 in.

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 beckons thousands of nature lovers and honeymooners every year. With Kerala tourism enjoy the best waterfall spots and pristine surroundings.

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 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. Some of the most sought after activities are parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, cycling, biking, paragliding, bamboo rafting, mountain climbing, tree climbing, etc. 

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 snorkeling and scuba diving.

Important Facts About 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.

Ayurvedic massages and therapies are also an unmissable part of travel and tourism in Kerala

Other than places, shopping also contributes majorly to Kerala's popularity among travelers. Some of the famous items include 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. 

However, 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 sightseeing in Kerala, make sure you manage your time in such a 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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Places To Visit In Kerala

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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Things To Do In Kerala

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  • Water Sports in Kovalam

    If you are an adventure junkie, then visit Kovalam - a coastal town where there is an abundance of water sports to  let you engage in. While going to a coastal town, one always looks forward to several activities such as water sports in Kovalam. So, let the adventurer in you indulge in water sports in Kovalam for a thrillin...

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  • Snorkeling Trip In Kochi

    Snorkeling in Kochi is a must do, especially if you ar an adventure lover. Kerala is home to an abundance of lovely nature related landscapes. Nothing exemplifies this better than the beaches that can be found in places like Kovalam and Kochi. Kochi has a number of beach related activities for tourists to indulge in. Boat...

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  • Wooden Boat Ride in Kovalam

    Wooden boat rides in Kovalam are a common activity and it is what people visualize when they think about Kerala. There are pictures of families sitting in a wooden boat, somewhere amidst the serene backwaters of Kovalam on all websites. Wooden boat rides are extremely popular and almost every tourist goes on this ride. It i...

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  • Paragliding in Vagamon

    Get ready to cherish a bird’s-eye view of lush green environs of Vagamon with a recreational adventure activity, called paragliding. Head to Vagamon located at the border of Idukki and Kottayam districts in Kerala, and grab a chance to fly like a bird in the midst of blue skies. As the month of September arrives, you can fl...

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  • Houseboat in Alleppey

    Enjoying a houseboat tour in Alleppey is one of the best things to do in Alleppey, and if you find yourself falling in love with the place, well what else do you expect? Choose the best houseboat in Alleppey, if you want to feel truly at one with the lush wilderness all around you and the serene backwaters that take you t...

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How To Reach Kerala

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

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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    Bunny Thamman

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    Bunny's 3 days trip to Kerala

    It was a long and hectic journey.Hotel: was okay in the beginning but they changed our room for 1 night. That was good Driver: Was good and had local experience. Anite(Agent): Impressive and gave the best deal. Was taking care of things through out the journey. Over all the experience was good. Thanks It was a long and hectic journey.Hotel: was okay in the beginning but they changed our room for 1 night. That was good Driver: Was good and had local experience. Anite(Agent): Impressive and gave the best deal. Was taking care of things through out the journey. Over all the experience was good. Thanks

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    Manoj Kumar

    Gurugram

    Manoj's 7 days trip to Kerala

    It was a nice trip arranged by Namaskaram Travels. Cab and Driver was superb no words to thank him he was just awesome in his job. Hotels were really good but still I was expecting a much better service. Driver really helped us in each and every moment of our trip to create it a memorable trip.

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    Fatema Ezzi

    Mumbai

    Fatema's 7 days trip to Kerala

    The personalized iternary was at very competitive price by agent. Overall trip was memorable. The private houseboat was perfect. The driver was very polite and gentleman. Cab was well maintained and clean. All our additional requests were accommodated with true spirit of hospitality. The hotel stays were perfect and trip turned to be memorable. Keep it up!

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    Pune

    Ajit's 7 days trip to Kerala

    Thanks travel trangle and amazing India root for making my trip memorable. But the houseboat stay was horrible it is completely opposite as described in intenery the AC was not working candle light dinner is in swetting it was really horable

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    Ritika Singh

    Bengaluru

    Ritika's 5 days trip to Kerala

    Hotels interior facilities was not so good as we expected.

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    Jatin Gupta

    Lucknow

    Jatin's 5 days trip to Kerala

    Ayur green hotel munnar was amazing, Honeymoon Trip.

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    Chirag Soni

    Mumbai

    Chirag's 4 days trip to Kerala

    Trip to Kerala munnar was awesome, Loved the hotels, Food quality is Good at spice jungle hotel, Room service is poor, Also jeep service at hotel works till 9pm only so if you are late then they do not provide jeep to reach at hotel premise hence can go for better hotel option. Houseboat at All'p was excellent, Rooms are clean, Food was of best quality. Mamta from travel unbound is a very nice agent...very co-operative, available on call at anytime. Trip was nicely arranged by her.

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    Dheeraj Kshirsagar

    Bhopal

    Dheeraj's 4 days trip to Kerala

    I booked my honeymoon trip to Kerala from Raisoone Travels.Everything was very well organized in short notice and our driver was very professional and always on time. Thanks for organizing candle light dinner at Alleppey house boat, it was a surprise to us and and one of the best moment. Munnar temperature was awesome.. Thanks Abhishek and Raisoone Travels for this unique experience...

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    Niks Sonawane

    Pune

    Niks's 5 days trip to Kerala

    Hello Mam Please post review on travel triangle as he sent on on watsapp Thanks for the excellent service. We had a joyful trip thanks to our trip agent - Anita who had provided finest hotel options and transfers. Our trip agent was in constant touch with us during the entire trip which made us feel secure.Driver Pramod Nair was v good and friendly in nature ....looking forward with many from Travel Triangle and Anita Hello Mam Please post review on travel triangle as he sent on on watsapp Thanks for the excellent service. We had a joyful trip thanks to our trip agent - Anita who had provided finest hotel options and transfers. Our trip agent was in constant touch with us during the entire trip which made us feel secure.Driver Pramod Nair was v good and friendly in nature ....looking forward with many from Travel Triangle and Anita

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    Bharath Panjala

    Hyderabad

    Bharath's 5 days trip to Kerala

    4 star accommodation but not really worth it. Bad experience.

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    FAQ's of Kerala

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    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.

    A variety of exotic species of wildlife can be found at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary like elephants, civet cats, jungle cats, tiger, panthers, wild dogs, monkeys, and many other such animals.

    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.

    August to March is the best time to visit Kerala for backwaters.

    Yes, one can visit Kerala in the month of April when the weather is pleasant and mild.

    Yes, Kerala is a famous tourist destination in India.

     

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