Tourist Places in Kerala

The land of coconuts and backwaters is one of the most diverse tourist locations in the country. With so many places to visit in Kerala, for every kind of traveller, this serenely beautiful state is your perfect southern getaway. From beaches to hill stations and cultural holidays to Ayurveda retreats, tourist places in Kerala are different and varied.     

The Hilly Trip 

If you think of only beaches and temples when asked about best places to visit in Kerala, then you couldn’t be more wrong. This coastal paradise houses some incredibly gorgeous hill stations too. Here are tourist places in Kerala that are perfect for hill-station lovers.

Munnar 

Nestled in the junction of three rivers, this hill station is breath-takingly beautiful. Blessed with mesmerising trekking trails, lakes and tea plantations, this place is a must visit. With beautiful Nilkurinji flower that flourishes once in 12 years and a distinctive wild life, Munnar is the best hilly place to visit in Kerala.

Thekkkady 

Thekkady is yet another proof of why Kerala is a great hill station destination. It is famous for its green cover and unique flora and fauna. Thekkady is one of the most unique places to visit in Kerala. Every time you visit, you will see a different hue of green in the hills because of the rotating plantations. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the biggest tourist attractions in Thekkady hills offering a boat cruise, elephant safaris and trekking. Besides these you can also visit Mangala Devi Temple, PandiKuzhi, Vandiperiyar and Ramakalmedu.   

Vagamon 

Wander in the hills of Vagamon and explore misty waterfalls and beautiful roads cutting through the dense forests. Illikal peak, Poonjar Palace and Meenachil river are some of the lesser known treasures hidden in the lush green hills of Vagamon making it one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Lakkidi 

If you want to experience the mountains in a luxurious way, then Lakkidi is your go-to place in Kerala. Home to several luxury resorts, Lakkidi will pamper you with rugged luxury. 

Vythiri 

Green rotating plantations, Edakkal caves from the Neolithic age and Kabini river defines everything about Vythiri. Located 1300m above sea level this tourist place in Kerala also offers adventure sports such as rafting, boating and angling. 

Peermedu  

Peermedu is on every traveller’s list of places to visit in Kerala for witnessing the tribal lifestyle and to explore the varied shades of green on the Peermedu mountains. These mountains are covered with a mix of tea, coffee and spice plantations. Explore this small hill station named after Sufi Saint Peer Mohammad and bring back some memorable experiences. 

Beach Tripping 

How can one miss out on visiting the magnificent beaches? The spectacular coastline makes for some amazing beaches and places to visit in Kerala. 

Thiruvananthapuram  

Head to Thiruvananthapuram and explore the many beaches here. Kovalam beach will offer the quintessential light house view. On the Papasnanam beach, you can view the Varkala Formation declared as a geological monument by the Geological Survey of India. If you want to watch the sun set on the magical white beaches, Shankumugham beach is your place. 

Kollam 

The port city has beaches that are home to old ruins. Visit Mundakkal beach to see the abandoned dredger ship or head to Kollam beach to see Chinese fishing nets, Chinese water pots and a flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat. Who could have thought that beaches could be a place to explore history?

Ernakulam  

Cherai beach at Ernakulam is a very popular spot among swimmers as the tide is mostly low, making it safe for swimming. Travellers also visit Cherai beach for Dolphin sightings and to see the ruins of Pallippuram fort and Palluppuram church.  

Kozhikode 

Visit the Kappad Beach, which is rumoured to be where Vasco Da Gama set foot when he first visited Kerala in 1498. The next on list of beaches to visit at Kozhikode is the Beypore beach located in the ancient port town. 

Bekal Fort Beach, Kasaragode 

This beach is not just popular among travellers but also a hit among Bollywood film-makers as many movies have been shot here. The Bekal fort is surely one of the most scenic places to visit in Kerala.

Retreats 

Not many of us know where to hunt for retreats and Ayurveda resorts when browsing for tourist places in Kerala. However, the list of best places to visit in Kerala is incomplete without these renowned wellness resorts. If you want to skip the conventional and seek an off-beat holiday, going for a spa retreat is one way to do so. Gone are the days when adventure holidays were the only thing in vogue for travellers. Now’s the time to unplug, loosen your travel gear and just relax and reconnect with yourself. 

Carnoustie Ayurveda and Wellness Resort 

Carnoustie is your luxury retreat getaway with world class dining, a royal houseboat and 5-star hospitability. Enjoy refreshing yoga sessions, detox, stress control therapies and delectable seafood here. 

Kalari Kovilakom 

This resort, modelled after an old Portuguese house, offers Ayurvedic therapies such as Sirodhara, Ellakithirummu, Kizhi, Pizhichil, and Njavarakizhi. Located at Palakkad, it is one of the most preferred places to visit in Kerala.  

For the Art and Culture Enthusiasts 

Kerala’s vibrant art and culture scene is the perfect fodder for any artsy souls. Catch up on some Kalaripayatttu at Kadathanadan Kalari, Thekkady and Kerala Kathakali Centre at Kochi. Visit the Folklore Museum, Margi theatre and Kathakali Club to witness some incredible classical dance performances. 

There’s no dearth of tourist places in Kerala. Select one of SOTC’s Kerala packages  to get a glimpse of this magical land. The beauty is in the fact that you can design your own unique itinerary.    

 

If you think of only beaches and temples when asked about best places to visit in Kerala, then you couldn’t be more wrong. This coastal paradise houses some incredibly gorgeous hill stations too. Here are tourist places in Kerala that are perfect for hill-station lovers.

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