Rich green tea ranches, quiet winding backwaters and zest manors are a couple of highlights that characterize Kerala as quite possibly the most well known traveler objections in India. Famous as ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala is a sanctuary for voyagers who come here to loosen up in the salubrious climes, away from the solid wilderness. In a state where the geology goes from cool slopes to mild ocean sea shores, Kerala is a welcome blessing. Here is a rundown of spots which are a ‘unquestionable requirement’ for every one of those meeting this tropical heaven.
Alleppey or Alappuzha is best known for the world renowned backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters are a network of brackish canals, rivers and lakes that weave through half of the state of Kerala. One can cruise down the backwaters while enjoying the unique feel of the “Kettuvallams” or house boats which provide amenities including a taste of typical Kerala cuisine.
Kochi is the cultural and economic capitals of Kerala. It’s a hub of tourist activity and attracts visitors from all over the world. From Chinese fishing nets to exotic spice cultivations, there’s a lot to feast your eyes upon in Kochi.
Thekkady is home to the popular Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. You can observe the elephants that roam around the sanctuary, explore the verdant green forests, take a boat cruise over Periyar Lake or take an elephant safari into the depths of the wilderness.
Munnar is considered one of the most beautiful tourist places in Kerala. Situated on the Western Ghats, Munnar is evidently one of the highest producers of tea on the Indian subcontinent. The view of undulating hills as the touch the clouds in Munnar rejuvenates your mind and soul.
Thrissur was previously the capital of the Kingdom of Kochin, however, now it is considered the cultural capital of Kerala because of its spiritual, cultural and religious leanings throughout history. One can visit an array of beautiful temples and churches that become a hub of activity during the festive period in the city.
Sink your feet into the warm sandy beaches of Kovalam. There are numerous coconut trees here as far as the eye can see, add to that prime resorts surrounding lush green vegetation and you’ve got yourself a popular tourist destination.
One of the prime hill stations in the south, Wayanad boasts of production of tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and other spices. The region is populated with many natural marvels such as waterfalls, caves, lakes and dams which you are bound to enjoy the cool weather of Wayanad. Do visit Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to wildlife species like the Spotted Deer, Bison, Cheetah and Bears.
Otherwise known as Trivandrum, this city is the capital and presumably the most culturally affluent part of the state. Trivandrum has played host to a variety of rulers who have all left behind a mark over the city.
Much like Trivandrum, Kozhikode has been a habitat for multiple dynasties which have left their imprint on the city. Perhaps that is why Kozhikode is dubbed as the ‘City of Sculptures’. Kozhikode is also considered as the ‘City of Spices’ as it a major trading port of eastern spices.
Kannur was previously a very important British trading centre in the south, hence much of the city still carries the aura of Colonial times which is mixed in with the local flavour of Kannur.