6 Unspoilt Weekend Getaways in Kerala

Thekkady

Kerala is sublimely considered the most beautiful place on earth. Referred as God Own’s Country, place has mesmerized millions of tourists and travelers for its natural beauty. There is hardly any place in Kerala which is yet to be discovered. However, we will magnify few places which will cater people to the fullest without being noticed. Kerala known for its spick and span landscape with mind pleasing natural attractions has many pretty beaches to add to its beauty
1. Bekal

Bekal FortPhoto by Abdulla Al Muhairi, CC BY 2.0

Bekal located in Northern Kerala, Kasaragod district is known for its exotic beach location, serene environment and untapped beauty. Bekal is also home to largest and well preserved forts in Kerala facing the mighty Arabian Sea. In order to maintain the rich heritage, the place is being preserved in an eco habitat environment keeping in view the pristine charm of this quaint town. Bekal is easily accessible with all kinds of transportation. Nearest airport is Mangalore which is around 50 kms from Kasaragod district. While from Kasaragod railway station, Bekal is 13 kms far.

2. Wayanad

WayanadPhoto by Dhruvaraj S, CC BY 2.0

Wrapped in the embrace of Tropical rainforests, the place is an abode for adventure tourists. Wayanad known for its outdoor trail is simply the best place for mountaineering and trekking. Some of the places to visit are Chembra Peak, Neelimala, Meenmutty waterfalls, Chethalayam falls, Pakshipathalam and Banasura Peak. Moreover, for more relaxing atmosphere Vythiri is the most ideal place to visit, considering enormous spice plantations and luxuriant forests. With two lakes in its surrounding, Vythiri is considered as an ideal getaway. Wayanad can be reached through road, rail and air. Closest place is Kozhikode or Calicut which is about 65 kms from Wayanad.

3. Thekkady

ThekkadyPhoto by Sumeet Jain, CC BY-SA 2.0

Thekkady located in Idukki district is home to India’s best preserved wildlife sanctuaries, the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Not just tigers but the reserve encompasses a huge volume of flora and fauna, especially the Asiatic elephants, which could be seen around in herds. Ideal time to visit the tiger reserve is September to May. Thekkady is accessible through road, rail and air transports. Nearest railway station is Kottayam and airport being Madurai which is around 114 kms and 140 kms respectively from Thekkady.

4. Munnar

MunnarPhoto by Mohan Noone, CC BY 2.0

Summer resort for Britishers during the colonial era, Munnar is one of the best hill stations of India. Though it is considered as one of the prime location for honeymooners but still place is worth to visit given awe of natural breathtaking aura in and around surrounding areas. Munnar is also famous for its lush tea gardens and the Tea museum making it an ideal place for Tea lovers. Close to Munnar is another picturesque hill station Kodaikanal which is located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Munnar is located around 110 kms from Aluva railway station and about 110 kms from Kochi international airport.

5. Mararikulam
Located in district of Alappuzha the little known village beach is the best place to relax and rejuvenate your senses. People looking forward for slow pace of life and tranquility can take leisure in Ayurveda treatments, Kumarakom bird sanctuary and backwater canals. One can also witness famous Snake boat race while visiting the place during the month of August. Mararikulum is hot and humid throughout the year with heavy downpours being reported. Best time to visit the place is from late December to March when weather is dry and sunny. The place is easily accessible, nearest railway station and airport being Alappuzha and Kochi which is located around 15 kms and 60 kms from Mararikulum respectively.

6. Vembanad Backwaters

Vembanad BackwatersPhoto by Sajan Mullappally, CC BY 2.0

Rather mentioning a beautiful town or city, our last choice would be backwaters of Kerala. Vembanad Lake, a part of Kerala backwaters, is not only a special heritage site but also has cultural significance attached to Kerala and its people. The lake guides us through mesmerizing houseboat experience, wherein one enjoys nature’s spectacle in a truly unperturbed way. The lake also gives a chance to enjoy various leisure activities such as fishing and boating. Vembanad Lake is the largest lake of Kerala and covers three districts namely, Eranakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha. Considering houseboats are available and can be boarded at various points along the lake, it will be best for the travelers to choose a place as per their travel itinerary.
Kerala has for time and long attracted people towards it. Hence, it’s almost impossible to experience all the shades of the place in just one visit but there are some things which you should definitely not miss on while your visit to Kerala. Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover Kerala and India but certainly not the last. The following places only serve as a gateway for the travelers to discover more of Kerala, which the place has stored in it since thousands of years.