Kerala is a south Indian coastal state which has a rich cultural inheritance and is blessed with lush tropical beauty as well. Although every corner of this ‘Gods own country’ is quite mystic and serene, there are some places which you should definitely not miss.
Munnar is a hill station in Kerala which is quite a famous tourist destination and is also known as the Kashmir of south India. The hill station is located in the lap of an enticing terrain and at a height of 1600 feet above sea level. The surrounding area is known for sprawling tea tree plantations. You can witness tea leaves being picked and processed straight from the tea estates. In fact there is also a tea museum nearby. If you wish to get an adrenaline rush then you can trek to Anamudi peak or you can also opt for paragliding and rock climbing. Hence, you can experience the marvel of nature and please the adventure enthusiast inside you, in a single place.
Thekkady is the best place for people who want to have a sneak peek into wild life and for the animal lovers as well, as it is based in the Periyar National Park. You can observe quite a variety of species of animals like the great ‘Indian tiger’, bison and macaques. You can also undertake nature walk and safari rides in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The nature walk is a trekking program which offers you a chance to watch beautiful butterflies and birds. The trekking usually takes 3 hours and is 4-5 km long. The best thing about this national park is that it remains open throughout the year including monsoons.
3. Alappuzha Backwaters
Your visit to Kerala would definitely seem incomplete without experiencing its backwaters. The beautiful and wide network of canals that make their way through the paddy field lanes has earned Alappuzha the title of Venice. Other major attractions here includes the ancient statue of Lord Buddha located in a village- Karumadi near Alappuzha, the legendary Mannarasala Sri Nagaraj temple and the ReviKaruna Karan Memorial museum. The Revi Karan Memorial museum has a huge lawn with a pond full of exotic range of lilies. There is also a gazebo at the other side of the museum which houses 6 statues made of Italian marbles.
In case you want to experience the rich cultural heritance of Kerala closely and personally then Thrissur is the best place to visit. It is also known as ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’ as it has a rich history of religious, cultural and spiritual leanings. The city has some famous cultural houses like Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Lalithakala Academy. Thrissur is also known for its Thrissur Pooram festival which is a colourful temple festival celebrated on a grand scale. The Vazhachal waterfalls and serene lakes of Anakkayam are also major tourist attractions of Thrissur.
Wayanad is located in the north eastern part of Kerala and is lesser explored part of the state. Majority of the people living here are of tribal community. The place has abundance of natural beauty which includes majestic mountain peaks, lakes and waterfall. It also has a great deal to offer adventure enthusiasts thanks to its unique terrain. Popular adventure activities here include trekking to the Chembra peak, wildlife visit to Muthanga and the Tholpetty wildlife Sanctuaries. One of the major reason you should definitely visit Wayanad is to experience its relaxed homestays which is a major attraction of the place.
Kerala as a state offers a complete vacation package to its tourist as it has immense of natural beauty, adventure activities and cultural history. The variety and the serenity here seem to have no end. Also the place has something special to offer to people of age groups. To conclude, Kerala is a must visit to all those who love travelling and want to get rejuvenated in the lap of nature.