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31 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

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Situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills, the fascinating hill station of Munnar is one of the best tourist places in Kerala and among the must include places in honeymoon tour packages . It is about 120 km from Kochi, and 284 km from Trivandrum. Often referred to as the Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the famous weekend getaways from Kochi , Coimbatore & Madurai. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Devikulam, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are among the must include places in Munnar packages . Munnar is a trekker's paradise too, which offers both soft and mountain trekking. Munnar is home to some of the world's best tea estates. The tea plants covering Munnar hills make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. It is also known for being the spice center of Kerala. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove, and nutmeg are cultivated in Munnar and its neighboring villages.

2. Alleppey

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Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East, Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the best places to visit near Kochi , and among the must-include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 63 km from Kochi, and 152 km from Trivandrum. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Backwaters in Kerala . A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha make it a delightful destination. Alappuzha Beach, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Champakulam, Kuttanad, and Krishnapuram Palace are some of the famous tourist places in Alleppey . Alappuzha is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held on the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most popular of the boat races in India, and among the must-experience things to do as part of Alleppey tour .

3. Thekkady

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala , especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated about 82 km from Munnar, 143 km from Kochi, and 211 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages . Established in the year 1950, the sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is a thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Among the top tourist places in Kerala , Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, etc. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can watch wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat from the lake. The main attraction of the sanctuary is a group of wild elephants that come to play in the lake. Thekkady offers elephant rides, jeep safari, boating in the lake, tiger trails, and forest treks. Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls, and Pullumedu are the popular places to visit as part of Thekkady packages .

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Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. About13 km from Trivandrum, and 212 km from Kochi, it is one of the most famous places to visit in Kerala . It can be visited along with Trivandrum tour packages . Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees' and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful places to visit near Trivandrum . Light House Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, Eve's Beach are the must include places in Kovalam packages . There are several activities for tourists like sunbathing, swimming, catamaran cruising, herbal body massage, and cultural programs. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

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Wayanad is one of the popular hill stations in Kerala , and among the best places to visit near Kozhikode . It is about 118 km from Ooty, 246 km from Kochi, and 442 km from Trivandrum. Wayanad is a picturesque plateau nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This hill district is home to several lakes, caves, sanctuaries, and waterfalls which are the main attractions of Wayanad Packages . Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the prominent tourist places in Wayanad . Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices, and other condiments. Wayanad can be visited along with Ooty tour packages .

6. Kumarakom

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Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous places to visit near Trivandrum for Kerala backwaters, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 56 km from Kochi, 36 km from Alleppey, and 164 km from Trivandrum. Kumarakom is a special tourism zone in Kerala due to the special ecology of the place. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumaramangalam Temple, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula, and Erumeli are the popular tourist places in Kumarakom . The major sightseeing option at Kumarakom is a boat cruise in the backwaters of Vembanad and is an amazing experience for every traveler to Kumarakom. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuar is a noted bird sanctuary where one can see many species of migratory birds as part of Kumarakom packages . It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. It is also famous for Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, and swimming. Kumarakom is the venue for Sree Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race held in September during Onam festival.

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Often referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi or Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala. It is situated about 190 km from Coimbatore, and 204 km from Trivandrum. Kochi is one of the prime places to visit as part of Kerala tour packages . Kochi packages are admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture, churches, and beaches. Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, St. George Ferona Church - Edappally, Matancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and Fort Kochi Beach are some of the prominent Kochi tourist places . Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. This city is home to Cochin Jewish Synagogue , the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, as well as numerous old churches and temples.

8. Athirapally Waterfalls

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Athirapally Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in India and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is situated about 73 km from Kochi, 100 km from Munnar, and 269 km from Trivandrum. Formed over Chalakudy River, Athirapally is one of the scenic waterfalls in Kerala that drops down from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In the monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai, and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearby places to visit during your Athirapally trip . It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc. It is one of the best waterfalls near Kochi . The forest that surrounds Athirapally Falls is also the natural habitat of different species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, and bison. The falls can be visited as part of Kochi tour packages .

9. Trivandrum

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Also known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. About 85 km from Kanyakumari, and 204 km from Kochi, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala . The city derives its name from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, among the must include places in Trivandrum packages . Located on the west coast of India, Trivandrum is famous for its enchanting tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam , historic monuments with Gothic architecture, lakes/backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges, etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science, and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Happyland Amusement Park, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Trivandrum . Trivandrum is a popular medical tourism destination as there are more than a hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city. It is also considered as one of the cleanest cities in India, and among the most popular tourist places to visit near Kochi .

10. Varkala

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Varkala is a calm and quiet coastal town situated on the Arabian Sea coast in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. About 25 km from Kollam, and 44 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the top places to visit in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages . Varkala is the suburban city of Trivandrum. Varkala is a lesser-known yet absolutely paradisiacal destination that houses relatively untouched and clean beaches, historical forts, religious sites, natural springs, backwaters, and more. This quaint town in the southern part of Kerala is known for the unique sedimentary rocks belonging to the Cenozoic age, popularly known as the Warkalli formation adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Varkala Beach or Papanasam Beach, Sri Janardhana Swami Temple, Sivagiri Mutt, Varkala Aquarium, Kappil Beach, Kappil Lake, Chilakoor Beach, Odayam Beach, Varkala Cliff, Edava Beach, Anjengo Fort & Lighthouse, Ponnumthuruthu Island, etc are some of the must-include places in Varkala packages . This coastal town is sometimes referred to as the Southern Varanasi due to the presence of the 2,000year-old Janardana Swami Temple. Besides, Varkala is also popular for Ayurveda Spas, shacks, and Yoga centers. Varkala is one of the top places to visit near Trivandrum .

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Kollam (also known as Quilon) is an old seaport city that lies between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea in Kerala. About 69 km from Trivandrum, and 135 km from Kochi, it is the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala , and among the top places to visit in Kerala . Kollam attracts travelers all-round the year with its wide variety of sightseeing options. Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangasseri Beach, Munroe Island, Ashtamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake, Neendakara Port, and Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard are the prominent Kollam tourist places . Rameshwara Temple, Achencoil and Mayyanad, Amritapuri Ashram, Aryankavu, Chavara, Kottarakkara, Oachira, and Karunagappally are the prominent cultural as well as religious centers of the region that one must-visit as part of Kollam packages . The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the best way to explore the Kerala backwaters. It is also very famous for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. Kallada Boat race is one of the famous events of Kollam. Kollam can be visited along with Alleppey tour packages .

12. Kottayam

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Kottayam is a city located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. It is one of the well known Kerala tourist places . About 63 km from Kochi and 155 km from Trivandrum, it is among the most prominent places to visit near Kochi . Bounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is well known as a beautiful Kerala backwaters destination with stunning landscape and beauty. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Kottayam holiday packages are a mix of scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples, and churches. The Poonjar Palace, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Pallippurathu Kavu, Thiruverpu Temple, Mary Church (Cheriyapally), and Thazhathangady Juma Masjid are the popular tourist places in Kottayam . It is also a gateway to the famous Sabarimala Temple . Kumarakom, the most famous backwater destination of Kerala is situated very close to Kottayam (13 km).

13. Thrissur

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Thrissur, also known as Trichur, is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . Situated about 81 km from Kochi, and 279 km from Trivandrum, this is one of the ideal weekend getaways from Kochi & Coimbatore. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual, and religious leanings throughout history. Vadakkumnathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu temple, and Guruvayur Temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, Thrissur Zoo, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and Kerala Kalamandalam are the most popular tourist places in Thrissur . Thrissur hosts the world-famous Thrissur Pooram , the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. UNESCO has awarded Thrissur Pooram as the most spectacular festival event on the planet. It is one of the best experience things to do in Kerala as part of Thrissur packages . Thrissur is also the hometown of the great Hindu Saint, Adi Shankara.

14. Vagamon

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Vagamon, also spelt as Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in the Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations near Kochi , and among the most famous Kerala tourist places . It is situated about 92 km from Munnar, and 103 km from Kochi. Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Muruganmala, and Kurisumala. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was listed in the '50 most attractive places to visit in India' directory by the National Geographic Traveler. Pine Forests, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Marmala Waterfalls, Suicide Point, Karikdu Viewpoint, and Illikkal Kallu are some of the top Vagamon tourist places . Trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, and rock climbing are the favorite activitiesthat one must try as part of Vagamon packages . The hill station has developed into a prime paragliding hub and is the venue of international paragliding contests that are conducted here every year.

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Earlier known as Cannanore, Kannur is one of the top beach destinations in Kerala as it is famed for its vibrant culture and pristine white beaches that are relatively undiscovered. It is about 113 km from Madikeri, 138 km from Mangalore, 270 km from Kochi, and 311 km from Bangalore. It is one of the famous places to visit in Kerala . Cradled in the lap of nature, the beautiful town of Kannur has a plethora of sightseeing options in the form of beaches, historical monuments, and ancient temples. St. Angelos Fort, Thalassery Fort, Muzhappilangad Beach, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Payyambalam Beach, & Valiyaparamba Island are the top tourist places in Kannur . Muzhappilangad Beach is the longest drive-in beach in Asia where tourists can get an opportunity to drive up to a length of 4 km on the beach during their Kannur tour . Also, Kannur is well known for its handlooms and is often described as the land of 'loom and lore'. Besides, Kannur enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many colorful folk arts and folk music of Kerala. Apart from being culturally rich, Kannur is a valuable asset to the country as it is having Indian Naval Academy, Asia's largest Naval Academy. Kannur can be visited along with Coorg tour packages .

16. Kozhikode

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At a distance of 179 km from Kochi, 124 km from Palakkad, 176 km from Coimbatore, 113 km from Thrissur, 158 km from Ooty, 241 km from Mangalore, 352 from Bangalore, 376 km from Trivandrum and 213 km from Mysore, Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) is a city in the state of Kerala. It is the 3rd largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode District. The name Kozhikode is said to be derived from Koyil (palace) Kotta (fort). This is known by various names, for the Arabs it was Kalikat, for the Chinese it was Kalifo. Tipu Sultan, during the conquest of Malabar, unsuccessfully attempted to change the name of the city to Firozabad. Malayalis have always preferred to call it Kozhikode. With the Arabian Sea on the west and Wayanad Hills on the east, Kozhikode is a popular places to visit in Kerala . According to history, Kozhikode was under the Chera rulers until 1122 AD. The city of Calicut came into existence in the 13th century when the Ernad King Udaiyavar conquered the area around Ponniankar and built a fort at a place called Velapuram, now known as Calicut. The Europeans called him Zamorin. Interestingly, the name Calicut is derived from 'calico,' the fine variety of hand-woven cotton cloth said to have originated from this place. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad sea shore with three vessels and 170 men in 1498. A monument ...

17. Sabarimala

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Sabarimala is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala . Situated about 70 km from Pathanamthitta, this temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with a history of more than 5000 years old. Regarded as one of the popular places to visit in Kerala , Sabarimala temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, and is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa here. The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple that one must witness as part of Sabarimala packages . Sabarimala temple has no restrictions on caste and religion. The temple is open to males of all age groups, but women between 10-50 years of age are NOT allowed into the temple. Pamba, Erumeli, and Malikappurathu Amma Temple are some other Sabarimala places to visit .

18. Marayoor

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Marayoor or Marayur is one of the popular places of heritage in Kerala . It is situated about 41 km from Munnar, and 164 km from Kochi. It is among the best places to visit as part of Munnar tour packages . Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Marayoor is a pre-historic site and also the only tourist place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. This scenic town claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 BC. The jungles and hillsides dotted with remnants of Megalithic age Dolmens called Muniyaras are the prime attractions of Marayoor tour packages . Marayoor is also famous for its ancient rock paintings located in Attala, Ezhuthu Guha (near Kovilkadavu), and Manala. Along with prehistoric dolmens, cave paintings, and sandalwood forests, Lakkam Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary & Thoovanam Waterfalls, and Amaravathi Dam are some important tourist places in Marayoor .

19. Kasaragod

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Kasargod is a coastal town in Kerala. About 48 km from Mangalore, 110 km from Coorg, and 369 km from Bangalore, it is one of the least explored tourist places in Kerala , and among the famous places to visit near Mangalore . Kasaragod packages are a mix of majestic forts, lofty hills, meandering rivers, and golden beaches. Bekal Fort, among the popular places of heritage in Kerala, Bekal Fort Beach, Pallikere Beach, Kappil Beach, and Kanwatheertha Beach are the popular tourist places in Kasaragod . Besides, Kasargod is also blessed with a dozen estuaries as 14 rivers crisscross the district that nourishing the verdant landscape. Kasaragod can also be visited along with Coorg tour packages .

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Idukki is is one of the stunning places to visit near Kochi , and among the most prominent Kerala tourist places . It is situated about 47 km from Munnar, 105 km from Kochi, 239 km from Trivandrum, and 171 km from Madurai. Idukki is the second-largest district in Kerala state (Painavu as headquarters). The name Idukki is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word Idukku which means a narrow gorge. Periyar which is one of the largest rivers of Kerala, flowing through the Idukki gorge formed between the two high massive rocks called Kuravan and Kurathi, which is the site of the gigantic Idukki Arch Dam, among the must-visit places as part of Idukki packages . Idukki can be visited along with Munnar tour packages . Idukki has a mix of diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centers and mountain treks. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Dam, Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Ramakalamedu, Kalvari Mount / Calvary Mount, Malankara Dam, and Ilaveezha Poonchira are some of the prominent tourist places in Idukki .

21. Ponmudi

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Also called 'Kashmir of Kerala', Ponmudi is a secluded hill station situated in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is one of the pristine hill stations near Trivandrum . It is situated about 57 km from Trivandrum, and 233 km from Kochi. Ponmudi, meaning the Golden Crown, is nestled in the lap of rolling hills of the Western Ghats that run parallel to the Arabian Sea. Situated at an altitude of 1100m, Ponmudi is surrounded by scenic hills, spice plantations, tea estates, natural springs, and winding streams. Ponmudi Waterfalls, Deer Park, River Kallar, Kallar Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the must-visit tourist places as part of Ponmudi packages . Apart from sightseeing, Ponmudi is also famous for Ayurvedic medical treatments. Trekking to Agasthyakoodam, Ponmudi tourist places , is the most popular activity here for adventure buffs. Ponmudi can be vsited along with Trivandrum tour packages .

22. Palakkad

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Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in Kerala. About 52 km from Coimbatore, 122 km from Kozhikode, 140 km from Kochi, and 336 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the prominent places to visit near Coimbatore , and among the top Kerala tourist places . Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams, and wildlife sanctuaries that one must experience as part of Palakkad tour packages . Palakkad is considered the gateway to Kerala from the north. It can also be visited along with Kochi tour packages . Palakkad Fort, Jainmedu, Kalpathy, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Pothundi Dam, Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, Pallassena, and Dhoni Waterfalls are the famous tourist places in Palakkad . The district is gifted with the beauty of virgin and verdant Nelliampathy hills, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Attappady hills and Mangalam, Kanjirapuzha, Siruvani, and Parambikulam Dams.

23. Guruvayoor

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At a distance of 27 km from Thrissur & 81 km from Kochi, Guruvayoor is a temple town well-known for the most famous Sri Krishna Temple. This is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites near Kochi , and among the must-visit places during Thrissur tour .   Guruvayur Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Guruvayurappan, a four-armed form of the Lord Vishnu who is worshipped in the form of his avatar Krishna. According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. Often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta, it is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and among the most prominent religious place to visit Thrissur . The earliest temple records date back to the 17th century. In 1716, the Dutch raided Guruvayur, looted treasures, and set fire to the Western Gopuram, which was rebuilt in 1747. In 1766, Hyder Ali of Mysore captured Kozhikkode (Calicut) and then Guruvayur. He demanded 10,000 fanams in ransom to spare the temple. The ransom was paid but due to insecurity pilgrims receded. Later, in 1789 AD, Tippu destroyed the smaller shrines and set fire to the Temple, but it was saved due to timely rain. Tippu lost to the Travancore and the English in 1792. The idol, which had ...

24. Bekal Fort

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At a distance of 27 km from Kasaragod, 72 km from Mangalore, 77 km from Kannur, Bekal Fort is an ancient fort situated at Bekal in Kerala. Along the shores of the Arabian Sea, it is one of the best-preserved places of heritage in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kasaragod sightseeing packages . Spreads over an area of 40 acres, Bekal Fort happens to be the biggest fort of Kerala, and among the famous heritage sites near Mangalore . This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and was captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1763 AD and later by the British. Being the source of attraction for historians and tourists, the Bekal Fort was declared as a special tourism area by the Government of India in the year 1992. Among the best Kasaragod tourist places , the Bekal Fort is a keyhole-shaped lofty structure that stands still against the rocky shores of the Arabian Sea. The fort has a zigzag entrance, strategically designed openings on the outer walls, and various underground passageways. The fort has no palaces inside and ...

25. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Muthanga

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About Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary

History of muthunga wildlife sanctuary, layout of wayanad wildlife sanctuary, 26. paravur.

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At a distance of 16 km from Kollam, Paravur is a beautiful place with a combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters, and vast green fields. This is one of the fabulous places in Kerala and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages . Paravur town has a small lake that merges with the backwaters of Kerala. The mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. This lake is popular and significant as it connects as a part of the Trivandrum-Shornaur Canal System to the Edava and Ashtamudi Kayal. Another real fascination in the region of Paravur lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. This watercraft club uncovers immense boating choices in the realm where the Arabian Sea, river, and the Kappil backwater merge. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach at Paravur is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty.

27. Devikulam

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At a distance of 18 km from Munnar Bus Station & 45 km from Idukki, Devikulam is a cute hill station near Munnar. At an altitude of 1800 m, it is one of the lesser-known hill stations in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Munnar sightseeing packages . The name Devikulam is a combination of two words Devi from the goddess Devi and kulam meaning pond. According to legend, the goddess Sita Devi bathed in Devikulam Lake now named Sita Devi Lake. The lake draws tourists not only because of its sacredness but also for the curative powers of its mineral waters. The lake is also idle for trout fishing. The scenic beauty, adventure sports, beliefs, and religion come together to make Sita Devi Lake a major tourist attraction in Devikulam. The lush green open spaces and the high cliffs of Devikulam provide scope for hiking and mountaineering. There are several tea plantations in and around Devikulam that add to the charm of the hill resort. The gum trees in red and blue are the other major highlights of the natural vegetation at Devikulam, considered one of the must-visit tourist places in Munnar . For those of the tourists to Devikulam interested in visiting the tea estates, tea plantations or the factories conducted tours are available. ...

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At a distance of 18 km from Kovalam and 27 km from Trivandrum, Poovar is a small coastal town at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. Encompassed by a beautiful beach on one side and the backwaters on the other, it is one of the major Kovalam places to visit . Situated close to the Neyyar River estuary, Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea, and Beach meet the land. Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings, and a refreshing gentle breeze. Poovar has been a trading center and port in ancient times where timber, sandalwood, ivory, and spices were traded. According to legends the port Ophir where King Solomon's trading ships landed is said to be Poovar. Another legend describes this as the place where Maharaja Marthanda Varma was given protection from his enemies by the powerful merchant, Moosa Marikkar. Poovar is widely identified for its lovely beach which serves as a major attraction for tourists. Poovar Beach is situated at a short distance from Kovalam Beach separating the River Neyyar from the Arabian Sea and is quite breathtaking. It is an ideal destination for relaxing and cherishing the exotic beauty of the beach as part of Kovalam sightseeing packages . Swimming is allowed from October to May. The beach is not idle for any activities from June ...

29. Vythiri

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At a distance of 5 km from Lakkidi, 12 km from Kalpetta and 64 km from Kozhikode, Vythiri is a small hill station situated in Wayanad district of Kerala. Vythiri is one of the top tourist attractions in Wayanad and is among prime place to visit on a Wayanad tour . Situated at an altitude ranging between 3750 to 4500 feet, Vythiri is a beautiful summer resort in Kerala state and among the best hill stations near Bangalore . Vythiri has a classic blend of old world charm, peaceful environs & modern amenities. Vythiri is famous for its evergreen rain forests and plantations of coffee, tea, rubber, cardamom and pepper. The forests of Vythiri are home to a wide variety of wildlife. The bird watchers can enjoy exploring this place and get a chance to look at a wide variety of migratory birds from close quarters. This is an ideal place for tourists to soak in the dense green covers and explore the breathtaking surroundings. There are many places to visit in and around Vythiri, including Pookote Lake, which lies 3 km away. The Chembra Peak, Soochipara & Meenmutty Falls, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar dam and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary are the other major attractions of Vythiri. Karalad Lake is situated 8 km from Vythiri. It offers facilities for angling and boating as well as a recreational park. The trek to this ...

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At a distance of 18 km from Kumarakom, and 35 km from Kottayam, Vaikom is famous as a temple town in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Situated on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, popular getaway to experience beautiful backwaters in Kerala, and among the must-visit Kumarakom tourist places . Vaikom is well known for the ancient Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be built by Parasurama, the founder of Kerala. The temple has a huge courtyard spanning over 8 acres of land and four towers on each side of the temple. Other major attractions of the Mahadeva Temple include the Garbagriha, a golden Stupa surmounting Garbagriha, 19.5m tall golden staff, etc. The exterior walls of the Garbagriha exhibit several pieces of artwork. This is the place that had made a significance in Indian history with the Vaikom Sathyagraham in 1924, i.e the movement against untouchability in Hindu society. Leader of the Indian Freedom Movement Mahatma Gandhi had participated in this struggle and with his interference, all Hindus irrespective of caste are allowed to enter the temples. Backwater trip in Vembanad Lake is a famous activity for tourists who visit Vaikom as part of Kumarakom tour packages . Many tourists are coming to Vaikom to enjoy a backwater tour on traditional non-mechanized kettuvallam. Vaikom village is very authentic ...

31. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

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At a distance of 5 km from Topslip , 40 km from Pollachi, 80 km from Palakkad, and 82 km from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected tiger reserve located in Palakkad district of Kerala. Situated on Tamil Nadu - Kerala Border, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala , and among the top places to visit near Pollachi . Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, formerly known as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 391 Sq. km protected area in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district of Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary, which had an area of 285 sq. km was established in 1973. It is in the Sungam range of hills between the Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills. The sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2010. Including the buffer zone, the tiger reserve has a span of 643.66 Sq. km. The Western Ghats, Anamalai sub-cluster, including all of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. It is one of the top places of wildlife near Coimbatore , and among the must include places in Pollachi tour . Parambikulam is one of the biodiversity hot spots in ...

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The Complete List of 24 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

by middha on July 16, 2018

Kerala is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations which attracts numerous tourists all year round. Bestowed with a scintillating landscape evident in its verdant hill stations, backwaters, mesmerizing beaches, dense forests and scenic vistas, Kerala is a perfect place to vacation alone or with loved ones. There are a number of tourist places to visit in Kerala that range from coastal cities to hill stations and each one of them offers you something unique and indigenous to enjoy and cherish. If you are planning a trip to visit God’s Own Country, scroll through our list of best tourist places to visit in Kerala and plan your itinerary accordingly!

24 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

1. cruise through the charming backwaters in alleppey.

Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey is the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala which is famous for its mesmerizing locations of the backwater. The place is often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’. Spending time on the houseboat and exploring the mesmerizing sightseeing locations of the place is altogether a different experience.

The lakes, small villages, peaceful surroundings and the relaxing environment, all contribute to making Alleppey one of the greatest tourist attractions.

  • Best time to visit : September to May
  • Attractions : Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Punnamada Lake

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2. Explore the Diverse Wildlife at Thekkady

Thekkady

Thekkady is the perfect place for the people who love to explore the wildlife of the place they visit. The thick forest and the wild vegetation of this place is the home of many wildlife spices. There are also many exotic wildlife spices that cannot be found anywhere else.

You can witness lions, deer, tigers, elephants, sambars, gaurs, etc. in the wildlife sanctuary of Thekkady.

  • Best time to visit : November to May
  • Attractions : Elephant junction, Periyar Lake, Kumily, Mullaperiyar Dam

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3. Swim the Blue Waters of Kovalam Beaches

Kovalam

One of the most popular destinations in Kerala is its beaches which are available at Kovalam. The beaches available here are clean and amazingly beautiful that can capture anybody’s attention. You have a number of interesting things to do in Kovalam like visiting many Ayurvedic centres, massage centres, spa, etc. near the beach.

You can visit the beach to relax from the daily stress and the hectic schedule. You can also try your hand with the various water sports available on the beach.

  • Attractions : Adventurous water sports

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4. Sample Tea and Spices at Munnar

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is the perfect holiday destination for honeymoon couples. One of the popular hill stations available in Kerala, Munnar offers many picturesque locations to the couples. The cool breeze and the mesmerizing beauty of the place enhance the charm of the place to attract the tourists. You can also enjoy a wide variety of tea and chocolates here and purchase freshly grown spices in Munnar.

Apart from the natural allure of the place, there are many accommodation options available there, which are extremely comfortable and stylish.

  • Best time to visit : October to March
  • Attractions : Blossom Park, Attukal Waterfalls

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5. Explore the Natural Beauty at Kumarakom

Kumarakom, Kerala

When it comes to offering numerous sightseeing options, there can be no better option than Kumarakom in Kerala. The place attracts the tourists with its wide collection of historic monuments, backwaters, mangrove forests, amazing architectural delights, etc.

Along with admiring the beauty of the place, you can also indulge in some of the enjoyable activities like boating, fishing, staying on a houseboat, cruising, etc. You will be thoroughly entertained at this place.

  • Attractions : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

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6. Savour the Picturesque Scenery of Wayanad

The Wayanad landscape

Considering the beauty of this place, it can be surely referred to as heaven on the Earth. It is one of the cleanest and finest of places in the country and attracts tourists from all over the country. The lush greenery enhances its charm and allure and makes you fall in love with the place. Wayanad welcomes you with open arms to its rich heritage and incredibly beautiful landscape.

  • Best time to visit : October to May
  • Attractions : Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Banasura Hills

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7. Witness the Coastal Paradise at Kasaragod

Kasaragod

It won’t be wrong to say that Kasargod is one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala for nature lovers. Tourists from around the world visit this Kasargod and explore the mesmerizing and amazingly attractive places here. The untouched beauty of this place also justifies the expectations of the people.

You will feel totally relaxed in the pleasing and soothing surroundings of the place.

  • Best time to visit : June to November
  • Attractions : Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple

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8. Revel in the Peaceful Surroundings of Kizhunna Beach

Kizhunna Beach

If you wish to enjoy a solitary and beautiful “sea and me” time on the beach, Kizhunna Beach would make a perfect destination for you. The mesmerizing beauty of the beach is sure to captivate you while the soft breeze sings in your ears. Indeed one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala, Kizhunna Beach is a must-visit for all the beach lovers.

  • Best time to visit : Throughout the year
  • Attractions : Ezhara Beach, Kannur town, Sea View Park, Munambam, Mappila Bay

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9. Visit the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi

Kochi, Kerala

The commercial city that is also blessed with incredible beauty, lush greenery and gorgeous beaches, Kochi is undoubtedly one of the best Kerala tourist places to visit for a relaxed and amazing holiday. Kochi also boasts of numerous temples, a Kathakali centre, palaces, art galleries, pubs and cafes that one can explore to enjoy the traditional and modern vibes this city offers.

Additionally, you can also take a ferry ride to numerous islands scattered across in Kochi, check out the famous Chinese fishing nets, and gorge on the sumptuous Kerala cuisine.

  • Attractions : Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Wonderla Amusement Park

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10. Cherish Some Solitary Moments at Vagamon

Vagamon

Vagamon is one of the most alluring tourist places to visit in Kerala especially if you are planning a solo trip, self-driving. This offbeat hillstation is a perfect choice to spend some lone time enjoying the nature in its beautiful best and soaking in the views and serenity this places offers. The Vagamon Pine Forest is a great place to visit if you love walking through a dense forest with lush greenery.

The fresh air from the surroundings accompanied by some beautiful valleys, gardens, plantations, etc. makes the perfect combination to release the daily stress.

  • Best time to visit : August to May
  • Attractions : Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Lake

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11. Head Out to the Mesmerizing Coastal Town of Kannur

Kannur

This is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Kerala, Kannur is a picturesque coastal town that exudes an aura of the Colonial era and is also famous for the numerous beaches, temples and picnic spots. The town is also well-known for artistic weavers and their weaving which is why it is also known as Lands of Looms and Lords. Along with this, the pristine town also has huge, swaying cashew trees as well.

You can witness temples, beaches, plantations, great architectural buildings, etc. which makes the town look splendid.

  • Attractions : Ezhimala Beach, Tellicherry Fort, Rajarajeshwara Temple, St. Angelo’s Fort

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12. Fall in Love with the Seaside Charm of Varkala

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Kerala undoubtedly is famous for its pristine, blue beaches and Varkala is no different. The stunning views coupled with the splashing waves of the beach fills you with tranquility everytime you visit the beaches in Varkala. You can also indulge in numerous water sports or simply swim in the crystal blue waters of the beaches here. Visiting this beautiful place in the evening just adds charm to your trip as you get to enjoy a scintillating sunset and also some lone time for yourself.

Don’t forget to try the adventure of various water sports like boating, surfing, parasailing, jetting, etc. at this place.

  • Attractions : Water sports, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Varkala Cliff,

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13. Witness the Architectural Grandeur in Kozhikode

Beypore Beach, Kozhikode

This well-known place in Kerala is popular for its attractive and grandiose architecture resplendent in the various monuments and buildings dotting this city. These buildings and monuments have a rich history and also reflecting the richness of this place in culture and history. One of the best things to note here is the authentic flavours of the Malabar food along with the different spices.

The architectural beauties here have a touch of Dutch and British varieties which makes these buildings, monuments, etc. look ravishing.

  • Attractions : Hilite Mall, Tali Temple, Mananchira Temple, Matri Dei Cathedral

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14. Experience the Untouched Charm of Kuttanad

Kuttanad

Located at the heart of Alapuzha district in Kerala, Kuttanad is a farm land famous for its lush freen paddy fields backwaters. Kuttanad is top must-visit locale if want to get a glimpse of the rural side Kerala. Enjoy the calm and serenity of this place amid beautiful villages, agricultural fields, river, backwaters and a picturesque landscape.

You can get closely related to the beauty of the rural and simple living of the people along with the traditional heritage of Kerala.

  • Attractions : Pampa River, Punnamada Backwaters, Thottapally Spillway Dam

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15. Visit the Scenic Idukki

Idukki

Idukki is another popular destination and also one of the best tourist places to visit in Kerala. Although a landlocked place, the dense forest cover in Idukki and the lush greenery is sure to make your heart flutter as you soak in the charm and allure of this place. It is indeed a amazing place to refresh, unwind and rejuvenate yourself from a trip.

Idukki is best for promoting ecotourism as well owing to its thick forest cover, wild life sanctuaries tea factories and more.

  • Best time to visit : June to August
  • Attractions : Kulamavu Dam, Idukki Arch Dam

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16. Enjoy a Ride in the Kavvayi Backwaters

Kavvayi Backwaters

This is the place which is one of the best attractions in Kerala where one can explore the beauty of backwaters. Kavvayi Backwaters is quite popularly known as Kerala’s third-largest backwater and thus is one of the major attractions of South India.

The picturesque landscape is sure to make you fall in love with it while you enjoy boating in the houseboats on the backwaters.

  • Attractions : Snake Forest, Backwaters

17. Experience the Amazing Vistas of Munroe Island

Munroe Island

There is no denying the fact that Munroe Island is one of the most gorgeus and attractive tourist places to visit in Kerala. The confluence of Kallada River and the Ashtamudi Lake has bestowed upon this island incredible vistas and the serenity and calm that you get to enjoy here is inexplicable and mystifying.

Cruise through the serene waters of the Lake Ashtamudi and enjoy the view of the swaying coconut trees and mangrove forests. The place is a must-visit for exploring the rural landscape of Kerala.

  • Attractions : Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kallada River

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18. Cruise Through the Handsome Floating Cottages in Poovar

Poovar

Poovar Backwaters gives you a chance to witness the dense mangrove forests, different species of birds and also get a glimpse of the mighty Arabian Sea when you get on a boat ride here. Apart from that, you can also witness floating cottages and restaurants where you can either book a stay or gorge on some amazing kerala cuisine. If you want to explore the true beauty of nature, Poovr Backwaters should definitely feature in your travel itinerary.

  • Best time to visit : October to February
  • Attractions : Aazhimala Siva Temple

19. Experience the Cultural Heritage of Thrissur

Thrissur

The rich cultural heritage of Kerala is reflected amazingly in the religious and historic city of Thrissur. The annual Thrissur Pooram festival sees lakhs of devotees flocking here and also visiting other intersting places to visit in Thrissur . The temples, museums and other architecturally significant places in Thrissur have a rich history to tell and are indeed a treasure trove that historians and religious people can deep dive.

You can also witness the amazing festive celebrations of Onam and Pooram where you can find the true beautiful colours.

  • Attractions : Vazhachal Waterfall, Vadakkunnathan Temple

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20. Witness the Nature’s Delight at Palakkad

Palakkad

Do you wish to vacation at one perfect place where you can find pleasing weather, awesome surroundings and lush greenery? If so, then visiting Palakkad should definitely feature in your Kerala tourist places to visit! Palakkad let’s you enjoy all this and much more. You can visit the various dams, waterfalls, temples and alos enjoy the authentic Kerala-style food.

The place is known for its untouched, mesmerizing beauty and the is sure to give you a good glimpse of Kerala’s rich culture and tradition.

  • Best time to visit : November to March
  • Attractions : Palakkad Fort, Jain Temple, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

21. Visit the Off-beat Malappuram

Malappuram

A prominent district in Kerala, Malappuram in famous for being connected to the Arabian Sea in the west and Nilgiris in the east. Unlike the many other attractions of Kerala, this off-beat destination is complete package of hertiage and history that can be witnessed in the various ancient monuments present here. It has a very popular Islamic philosophy centre along with a centre of Hindu Vedic learning.

Other than these attractive sights, you can also find some ancient temples, monuments, and mosques.

  • Best time to visit : July to September
  • Attractions : Nilambur Teal Museum, Kottakkunnu

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22. Take a Trip to the Temple Town of Guruvayur

Guruvayur

Home to third-largest Krishna Temple in India, this aesthetic temple town is is a part ofthe Thrissur district and one of the important places to visit in Kerala. Guruvayur also has an elephant sanitarium called the Punnathur Kotta or Palace of Elephants where the elepants are taken care of and brought out during festivals. Although a small town, Guruvayur is visited by thousands of devotees during various festivals like Janmashtami, Guruvayur Ekadashi and others.

You will instantly connect with the positive and relaxing environment of the place. The architecture of the place also reflects the local culture of the state.

  • Attractions : Mammiyoor Temple, Vishnu Temple, Guruvayur Lord Krishna Temple

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23. Escape into the Verdant Ponmudi

Ponmudi

Ponmudi is popularly known as the golden peak amongst the tourists because of the beauty that this place portrays. If you love mountains and find them relaxing, this place would certainly be one of the few places that will totally attract you. The picturesque landscape and the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings are enough to make you fall in love with this place, which makes it one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Kerala.

  • Attractions : Mankayam Waterfall, Meenmutty Falls

24. Visit the Beach City of Thiruvananthapuram

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Kerala’s capital city, Thriuvananthapuram is well-known for the world-famous Padmanabhswamy Temple, incredible beaches, palaces, museums and authentic Kerala cuisine that one can enjoy here. A perfect blend of art, architecture, culture and heritage, Thriruvananthapuram is one of the best and significant Kerala tourist places to visit to get an insight into the state’s tradition and lifestyle of Keralites.

  • Attractions : Neyyar Dam, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kanakakunnu Palace, beaches

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These are some of the best and popular tourist places to visit in Kerala that shouldn’t be missed when in Kerala. All of them promise a great respite and provide a glimpse of Kerala’s rich ecosystem, lush greenery, history, culture and traditions. Plan a trip with friends or family to the “God’s Own Country” and get captivated by its immense allure and charm.

Don’t forget to share your experience of visiting Kerala and different places in Kerala in the comments below! And in case we’ve missed out on ay of the awesome places to visit in Kerala, feel free to comment below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 what is kerala famous for.

Kerala is famous for its rich ecosystem and the ecotourism drive, varied landscape which includes verdant hill stations, magnificent beaches, biodiversity, beautiful backwaters and incredible architecture. It is also well-known for its delicious seafood and other local dishes.

Q2 How many days are sufficient for a trip to Kerala?

One can plan a trip to Kerala for 6 nights and 7 days or even 9 nights and 10 days depending on the number of places to visit in Kerala and things to do in Kerala. If you plan a longer duration, you can visit numerous hill stations such as Ponmudi, Vagamon, Munnar, and even check out a number of off-beat places like Idukki, Kuttanad, Poovar, Kozhikode and more.

Q 3 What is the best month to visit Kerala

Kerala being a tropical city witnesses very hot and humid summers and it is best to avoid visiting Kerala during summers. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March when it relatively has a moderate climate.

Q4 What are some of the best things to shop for in Kerala?

One can shop for the traditional off-white sarees and mundu , Banana chips, spices and tea in Munnar, aroma oils and ayurvedic oils, jackfruit products, pure coconut oil, gold and jewellery.

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Kerala, a surreal destination where the morning brings in the mist and magic. Fondly called the “ God’s Own Country ”, this is the place where the  backwaters  hold everyone captive with their alluring silence. Yes, it’s the ‘ Spice Capital of India ’ where the evening wishes adieu with some of the enchanting melodiesplayed by Mother Nature. Yes, such is the beauty and appeal of Kerala!Let loose the wanderlust in you and plan a trip to this prismatic land; there are an array of  places to visit in Kerala . Make sure you make it to all these destinations and curate some of the most pleasing memories out of your trip. And in case, you are finding it tough to decide the destinations to cover, here is a sorted list of  tourist places  that will fill your travelogue with fun, frolic and excitement:

  • Alleppey Wayanad Cochin Munnar Kumarakom Kovalam Kollam Vagamon Kozhikode Kumarakom Thekkady Ashtamudi Bekal Guruvayur Idukki Kannur Kasargod Backwaters Kavvayi Backwaters Kizhunna Beach Kuttanad Malampuzha Malappuram Marari Munroe Island Nelliampathy Palakkad Ponmudi Poovar Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur Varkala

1 Alleppey (Alappuzha):

places to visit in kerala from chennai

There is the whole of Kerala in one side, and then there is this heavenly tourist destination called Alappuzha or Alleppey! Esteemed as the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ or the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is known for its silent backwaters and bountiful beauty!

Seated on the banks of the azure Vembanad Lake, it is in fact one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala and one of the highest sought-aftertourist places in Kerala. Visit this paradise; enjoy houseboat cruise and stay, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies and lot more!

Also see :  Top 10 Backwater Resorts in Kerala

Year-round destination

Vembanad Lake , Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, St. Mary Rorane Church

Alleppey Railway Station

Summer (April – June), Winter (October – Mid March), Monsoon (July – September)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Cradled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Wayanad truly deserves a top rank in the list of  places to visit in Kerala . Situated at an astounding height of 700-2,100m, this stunning hill station is all about fantasy, untouched nature, unforgettable moments, and merriment!

Adding more to  Wayanad’s  enchanting beauty, visitors can also revisit and unfold history while visiting this hilly retreat. Yes, the lush and pristine forests in Wayanad are said to be inhabited more than 3,000 years ago.

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Year-round Destination

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary , Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves, SulthanBthery, Chain Tree

Calicut International Airport (98km)

Nilambur Railway Station (92km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Kochi  or Cochin is a unique placein  God’s Own Country  that is perfectly blended with cultural values and modern ideas! Fondly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this imposing port-city has always been an attraction point since the beginning of history.

A melting point of numerous culture and traditions, Cochin has embraced all the modern outlook to become one of the most developed metropolis in India. Be it the essence of the Dutch establishments, British history, Chinese nets, or the traditional spice markets, Cochin will surely make you fall in love once again!

You may also like : Why Kochi should be your next travel destination

July (Beginning of Monsoon) to April (Early Summer)

Fort Kochi, Vypeen Island, Vypeen Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Marine Drive, Bolghatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FrnacisChirch, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Kanjiramattam Masjid, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Cultural Centre, Malayattoor, Mattancherry, Lulu Mall (Largest Mall in India), Kodannad Elephant Training Centre, Hill Palace Museum, Edappally Museum, Princess Street, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Vasco Da Gama Square

Kochi International Airport

Kochi Railway Junction

Summer (March - June), Winter (July - September), Monsoon (October - February)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Yet another gorgeous hill station in the lap of the fascinating Western Ghats, Munnar needs no introduction. Rising 1,600m above the sea level, a vacation in the beguiling locales of this hilly retreat is all about the lofty clouds, picturesque mountains, rolling hills, and a soothing ambience.

Canopied mostly by never-ending tea plantations and lush forests, you simply cannot miss out Munnar while searching for the best  tourist destination in Kerala . Be it during the summer or the winter, monsoon or the spring, Munnar will always make you crave for more!

You may also like : Things to do in Munnar & Places to Visit in Munnar

Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Lock-Hart Gap, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Lite of Pi Church,

Cochin International Airport (125km)

Ernakulam Junction (128km / 4 Hours)

5 Kumarakom:

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Adorned by the magical charm of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is another beguiling  backwater destination in God’s Own Country. Located within the proximity to Kottayam city, this is the place where even being lazy is also one of the best things you can do during your Kerala holidays.

Adorned by the charm of the emerald Vembanad Lake, the evergreen coconut grooves, breezy rice fields, and lot more, Kumarakom is popular among all the types of visitors. However, backwater cruise and houseboat stays are the most popular thing to do in this beautiful tourist destination.

You may also like : List of Backwater Destinations in Kerala

September (Monsoon End) to March (Winter End)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

If you are a beach goer, and is still assuming none can beat the charm and allurement of Goa or other popular beach destinations, you must visit Kovalam today! Located along the coastlines of the charismatic Arabian Sea, this beach town is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Kerala.

Located only 16km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala,  Kovalam  is the home to some of the most picturesque and playful beaches in the country. While in here, you can stroll around, indulge in beach activities or in other fun-filled activities around Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach.

You may also like : Places to Visit in Kovalam & Best Beaches in Kerala

September (Monsoon End) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Vellayani Lake, Lighthouse Beach, Chowara Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach, Shangumkham Beach, Neyyar Dam, Aruvikkara Dam, Edakallu, Karamana River, Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Art Gallery, Valiyathura Pier, Veli Tourist Village, Artificial Coral Reef, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Naiper Art Museum, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple,

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (16km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (13km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (July - September)

7 Thekkady:

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Considering that you want more from your Kerala holidays, you should not miss a trip to Thekkady, the evergreen abode of God’s Own Country! Strategically located and well-connected with some of the major Kerala holiday destinations, this is the place that always wears the green colour of Mother Nature!

The ‘Spice Capital of Kerala’, Thekkady is much popular as the natural abode to numerous exotic wildlife species. And while talking about wildlife species, the  Periyar National Park  in Thekkady will surely behold all your senses with its fascinating range of dwellers!

You may also like: Offbeat Things to do in Thekkady &  Places to Visit in Thekkady

October to February (Winter)

Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Gavi, Kumily, Caramom Hills, Spring Valley Mountain, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil, Panchalimedu, Vandiperiyar, Grampi, Mangala Devi Temple

Madurai Airport (140km), Kochi International Airport (265km)

Kottayam Railway Station (107km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - September)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

A quaint port-city in God’s Own Country, Kollam has its own charm and appeal. Enthralled by the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and caressed by the emerald Ashtamudi Lake, it is a picture-perfect holiday destination in the list of the most appealing or enticing tourist places in India’s ‘Backwater Capital’.

While in Kollam, you can feel and experience the indigenous cultures and traditions of Kerala in the most vivid way. Be it fishing, agriculture, cashew processing, or tourism, this port-city holds a prominent place among the visitors. For the beach lovers, they can revel around the Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach.

You may also like: Best Beaches in Kerala & List of Backwater Destination in Kerala

August (Mid Monsoon) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Dutch Quilon, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Paravoor, Punalur, Thenmala, Mayyanad, Deer Park, Thevalli Palace, British Residency, Chavara, Jatayupara, Thangasseri, Rameshwara Temple, Sasthamkotta, Ochira,KottarakkaraKathakali Museum, Picnic Village, Munore Island, Neendakara Port

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (51km), Kochi International Airport (129km)

Kollam Railway Junction

places to visit in kerala from chennai

If you are looking for an offbeat, yet captivating holiday experience in Kerala, you must plan your vacation in Vagamon . One of the most scenic hill stations and least explored tourist places in Kerala, this retreat in the Idukki district is known for its salubrious beauty, pleasant climate, and much more.

In addition to leisure travellers, thrill and adventure seekers also make it to Vagamon in a considerable number. A year-round destination, it is considered as an ideal destination for adventure activities like paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, and lot more.

You may also like:  Most Beautiful Hill Stations in Kerala  & Best Adventure Things to do in Kerala

Murinjupuzha Water Falls, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, ElaveezhaPoonchira, Idukki Arch Dam, Pine Hills, Parumthumpara Point, Kurisumala, Peermade, Mangala Devi Temple, Pattumalai Church, Kuttikanam Palace,

Cochin International Airport (75km)

Kottayam Railway Station (64km / 2 Hours)

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

10 Kozhikode:

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You won’t be wrong if you call this metropolis as the ‘City of Spices’, ‘City of Truth’ or the ‘City of Sculptures’. Well, all these synonyms are hardly enough to describe the aura and essence of Kozhikode or Calicut! This kaleidoscopic city is much more than a tourist destination.

Located on the Malabar Coast, Kozhikode or Calicut is esteemed as one of the diverse and best places to visit in Kerala. Dotted with an array of historical landmarks, tourist spots and attractions, this wonderful city is also a lively reminiscent of the Dutch and British eras in India.

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July to April

Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Thusharagiri Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kadalundi, Tali Temple, Lion's Park, Kalipoyika, Mananchira Square, Krishna Menon Museum, Peruvannamuzhi Dam

Calicut International Airport (28km)

Kozhikode Railway Station

Summer (April - May), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

11 Ashtamudi:

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A quaint city in the warm locales of Kollam, Ashtamudi lies on the outer edges of the alluring Ashtamudi Lake. While a bustling trade centre in the past, it now attracts an impressive number of visitors form different corners of the globe. Visitors usually throng Ashtamudi to enjoy its impeccable beauty and treat themselves with the bucolic ambience of God’s Own Country. While in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more.

You may also like:  God’s Own Country at Its Best!

November to February (Winter)

Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Monroe Island,

Trivandrum International Airport (71km)

Kollam Junction (15km / 1 Hour)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - September)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, Bekal is among the most scenic hamlets you can ever visit while on a Kerala tour. A combined beauty of the mighty Arabian Sea and lush landscapes, this tiny, yet pictorial village is of utmost historical importance. The glorious Bekal Fort testifies this fact vividly.

Serving as a perfect getaway from the concrete life, Bekal enjoys a pleasant climate while wearing a greener shade throughout the year. If you are yearning for silent, yet joyous holiday experience in Kerala, Bekal is the ideal hideout for you!

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October to March

Bekal Fort, Pallikere Beach, Bekal Fort Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kappil Beach, Hosdurg Beach, Nileswaram Cultural Centre, Nityanandarshan Caves, TulurVanam, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Mallikarjuna Temple, Malik Dinar Mosque Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport (50km)

Kasaragod Railway Station (12km), Kanhangad Railway Station (14km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

13 Guruvayur:

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Home to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple – fourth largest Hindu temple in India, Guruvayur has many legends. One of them states that this temple town was chosen by Lord Krishna to ensconce His Dwarka temple. On the wish of the Lord, Vayu Deva along with Brhaspati reinstated Lord Krishna’s statue in the sacred Guruvayur Temple . Today, a large number of devotees visit this holy temple on a daily basis.

The venue ground for festivals like Guruvayur Ekadasi and ChembaiSangeetholsavam, Guruvayur is also known for its magnificent charm and appeal. A sought-after destination among the seclusion lovers, it is still resonates the untouched beauty of God’s Own Country.

You may also like:  List of Pilgrimage Sites in Kerala

Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur Elephant Camp, MammiyurMahadevan Temple, Palayur Church, Parthasarathy Temple, Chamundeshwary Temple, Devaswom Museum, Institute of Mural Paintings

Calicut International Airport (77km)

Guruvayur Junction

places to visit in kerala from chennai

A gem in the lap of the mighty Western Ghats, Idukki boasts of being one of the evergreen and pristine districts in Kerala. Canopied by lush vegetation, this part of ‘India’s Backwater Capital’ has a unique charm and attracts visitors from almost all the corners of the globe.

Home to numerous natural marvels, lofty peaks like Anamudi and others, captivating sanctuaries, and spice gardens, this surreal part of Kerala is a must for every nature lovers. To note here, many of the popular Kerala tourist destinations like Munnar, Vagamon, Ramakkalmedu, Marayur, and Thekkady are located within this district.

You may also like: Popular Kerala Tourist Destination & Backwater Destination in Kerala

Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Idukki Arch Dam, Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Nandukani, Painavu, Gavi, Murikkady, Kulamavu Dam, Anakkara, Hill View Park, Thommankuthu Falls, Keezharkuthu Falls, Mangala Devi Temple

Cochin International Airport (98km)

Theni Junction (83km)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Also known as ‘The Crown of Kerala’, Kannur is a true treat to the visitors’ eyes! Bordered by the fascinating beauty of the Western Ghats, adorned with the alluring strokes of the Arabian Sea, and decked with the bucolic charm of an evergreen outlook, this beach town in the Malabar Coast is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala.

Whether you are a nature lover, beach goer, history buff, culture fan, thrill seeker, or a casual backpacker, you would surely fall in love with the untouched beauty of Kannur. Also, not to forget here, this city is the home to Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach , the only drive-in beach in India.

You may also like: Visit to Muzhappilangad Beach in Kerala

October (Early Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Thottada Beach, Baby Beach, Mopila Bay, Dharmadam Island, Parassinikkadavu, Arakkal Museum, Sundareswara Temple, Fort St. Angelo, Pallikunnu, Holy Trinity Cathedral

Calicut International Airport (84km)

Kannur Railway Station

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - August)

16 Kasargod:

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A quaint town that showcases a diverse of biodiversity, a prismatic destination is dotted with an array of tourist attractions , and a home away from home for the visitors, Kasaragod is a swaying beauty in Kerala’s tourism map. Steeped with glorious past, this balmy town also serves a home to a range of loft peaks, stunning beaches, historic marvels, natural treasure, and much more.

While on a trip God’s Own Country and searching for places to visit in Kerala, you must plan a trip to Kasaragod. Whether on a honeymoon trip, nature tour, backpacking quest, or any other, this scenic town will keep you amazed with its kaleidoscopic and admirable beauty!

You may also like:  Places for Honeymooners in Kerala  & Fort Bekal

September to January

Chandragiri Fort, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Ranipuram, Malik Deenar Mosque, Madhur, Cheruvathur, Rock Point, Kareem's Forest Park, Manjeshwar, Trikkanad and PandayanKallu, Nileshwar, Kottancheri Hills, Anandashram and Nityanandashram, Kumbala, Bela Church, Maipady Palace

Mangalore Airport (45km)

Kasaragod Junction

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - November)

17 Kavvayi Backwaters:

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While searching for places to visit in Kerala , you may find a number of backwater destination. However, if you are yearning the most surreal or enchanting backwater experience, Kavvayi Backwaters is the one for you! Flowing with all its beauty and grace Payyanur in the Kannur district of Kerala, this patch of backwater has a unique appeal that can infect the visitors within just a wink!

Fringed with lush greeneries, Kavvayi Backwaters serves as an ideal honeymoon and family vacation destination in the entire of Kerala. Visit this pictorial abode anytime of the year, and its heart-warming beauty and charm will surely hold you captive!

You may also like:  List of Backwater Destinations in Kerala

Valiyaparamba Island, Payyannur Island, Kavvayi Island, Boating

Calicut International Airport (154km)

Payyannur Junction (3km)

18 Kizhunna Beach:

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One of the most promising, yet offbeat beaches in Kerala, the Kizhunna Beach is located in the coastal town Kannur in God’s Own Country. Often called the ‘KizhunnaEzhara Beach’ due to its proximity with the Ezhara Beach, this picturesque retreat can be make any beach goer crave for more!

Adding more to its untouched beauty, the Kizhunna Beach in Kerala enjoys a favourable climate almost throughout the year. Owing to this, it receives an ample of beach lovers from across the globe.

You may also like: Beaches in Kerala

December to February (Winter)

Kannur, Ezhara Beach, Swimming, Sun Basking, Village Tours

Calicut International Airport (108km)

Kannur Railway Station (10km)

19 Kuttanad:

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Fondly called as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad is truly a poetry in motion! Gracious, tranquil, evergreen, and still untouched by the outer world, this magnificent tourist destination in God’s Own Country is fringed with captivating groves of coconut trees, and is interconnected with a bucolic network of canal. This makes Kuttanad a place to behold among the visitors.

While the intrinsic network of canals add more to the beauty and charm of Kuttanad, its evergreen swaying paddy fields make it truly irresistible for the visitors. Also, the rustic and traditional way of living that still persists in this piece of heaven will surely make you feel and live the true colours of Kerala.

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August to March

Champakulam, Chengannur, Pamba River, Meenachil River, Achankovil River, Manimala River, Punnamada Lake, Backwaters, Paddy Fields, Traditional Water Turbines,

Cochin International Airport (85km)

Alleppey Railway Station (22km) and Changanacherry Railway Station (28km)

Summer (April - June), Winter (October - Mid March), Monsoon (July - September)

20 Malampuzha:

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India’s ‘Spice Capital’ is all about lush greeneries and heart-warming ambience, hence the name “God’s Own Country’! And while in Malampuzha, located in the Palakkad district, you can feel the true essence of Kerala and its bountiful nature.

Mostly covered by evergreen vegetation, this part of the state is a picture-perfect display of how we should co-exist with Mother Nature. Malampuzha’s undulating beauty and tranquillity makes it a must to visit place in the entire region of Southern India.

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August (Monsoon End) to April (Early Summer)

Malampuzha Dam, Malampuzha Garden, Kava, Palakkad Fort, Dhoni Hills and Waterfalls, Thread Garden, Rock Garden, Snake Park, UdanKhatola, Fantasy Park,

Coimbatore International Airport (Tamil Nadu) (55km)

Palakkad Junction (8km)

Summer (April - May), Winter (September - March), Monsoon (June - August)

21 Malappuram:

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Once a military headquarter, Malappuram or the ‘City of Hills’ or ‘Soccer City of Kerala’ could be one of the best things happening to you! All you need to do is, just plan a visit to this gorgeous hilltop city, and you would surely get pleasantly lost within its beguiling ambience.

Situated in the southern corner of Kerala, this scenic city wears a misty outlook for most of the year, and draws a large number of tourists from across the country. Be it natural appeal, historic significance, tourist activities, places of attractions , or even to laze around, you will find ample of elements to keep yourself soaked with fun-frolic while in Malappuram.

You may also like: Most Beautiful Hill Stations in Kerala

July (Early Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Keralamkundu Waterfalls, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Koottayi Beach, Padinharekara Beach, BiyyamKayal, Up & Down Hill, Kottakkunnu, Panakkad, Shanthitheeram, Arimbra Hills, Teak Museum, Anakkayam, Melmuri, Malappuram Juma Masjid, Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple,

Calicut International Airport (38km)

Angadipuram Railway Station (17km)

places to visit in kerala from chennai

Believe it or not, but Goa alone cannot be called the paradise for beach lovers and other tourists alike! And if there is any other place in India that can be equally compared with Goa, it has to be Kerala. Well, if you want to know why, you must plan a visit to the Marari Beach in the Alleppey district of Kerala!

One of the most captivating beaches in the entire country, Marari Beach will surely make you forget any other beaches in India. Rated among the top five ‘Hammock Beaches’ by National Geographic, this virgin beach proves to be a wonderful place to laze around, enjoy sun basking, indulge in beach activities, and lot more!

You may also like: Visit to Beaches in Kerala

September (Monsoon End) to May (Summer End)

Beach Activities, Thumpolly Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Cherthala, The Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Andres Church, Mararikulam Shiva Temple, Aroor, Arthunkal, Poochakkal

Cochin International Airport (90km)

Mararikulam Railway Station (3km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - October)

23 Munroe Island:

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A cluster of islands straight out of fairy tales, Munroe Island comprises of a collective group of 8 different islets. Interconnected with each other with a turquoise network of canals, this group of islands is around 27km form the heart of Kollam , and is a much-sought-after destination among the visitors.

Edged with evergreen coconut groves, these islands can be called the epitome of serenity and tranquillity. Whether on a family vacation, honeymoon trip, backpacking trails, or casually holidaying, you can bump on the Munroe Island anytime or during any part of the year.

You may also like: Places for honeymooners in Kerala

October to May

Island Hoping, Boating, Kallada River, Ashtamudi Lake, Wonderla Amusement Park, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica

Trivandrum International Airport (97km)

Kollam Railway Station (25km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November- February), Monsoon (June - September)

24 Nelliampathy:

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If Kerala is called the ‘God’s Own Country’, Nelliampathy (or Nelliampathi) is fondly called the ‘God’s Own Village’! Located around 60km from Palakkad, this quaint hamlet is one of the least explored and equally stunning hill stations in Kerala .

With a captivating range of hills that soar up to an astounding height of 467-1,572m, Nelliampathy serves as an ideal getaway to enjoy and revel in the alluring charm of India’s Backwater Capital. With lofty peaks, rugged trails, and around 10-hair pin bends, this tiny, yet enthralling hill station also serves as a hotspot among the thrill and fun seekers.

You may also like: List of Backwater Destination in Kerala

October (Pre-Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Trekking, Boating, Nelliyampathy Hills, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nenmara, Palagapandi Estate, Seetharkundu Viewpoint, Padagiri, Raja's Cliff, Pothundi Reservoir, Malampuzha Gardens, Nelliyampathy Gardens

Palakkad Railway Station

25 Palakkad:

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Palakkad or the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ is truly a paradise for the nature lovers and admirers. Situated at the foothills of the mighty Western Ghats, this scenic land is jotted with lush and evergreen vegetation all throughout, and is adored as the ‘Granary of Kerala’.

Steeped with a glorious past, decked with diverse range of traditions, cultures, art & music, and the indigenous Malabar style of living, Palakkad surely qualifies for a natural treasure in Kerala’s tourism map. Also, the tropical climate that prevails in this gorgeous city, makes it a not-to-be missed place to visit in Kerala.

You may also like: Popular Tourist Destination in Kerala

July (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary, Mayiladumpara Peacock Sanctuary, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Attappadi, Kava View Point, Rock Garden, Siruvani Reservoir, Kanjirapuzha Reservoir, Dhoni Forest (Trekking), Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex, Nelliyampathy Hills, Pothundi Dam and Reservoir, Mangalam Dam, Tipu's Fort, ThiruvalathurRanduMoorthy Temple, Jain Temple, Vadakkanthara Temple, Manapullikaavu, KalpathyAgraharam and Vishwanathaswamy Temple, KumarapuramTemple, EmoorBhagavathyTemple, Thiruvalathoor Shiva Temple,

Peelamedu Airport (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) (43km), Kochi International Airport (96km)

Palakkad Junction (Broad Gauge Line), Palakkad Town Railway Station (Narrow Gauge Line)

Summer (February - May), Winter (November - March), Monsoon (June - October)

26 Ponmudi:

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If you still think that Kerala is all about backwaters, mighty ocean, playful beaches, spice gardens, or evergreen coconut groves, you must visit the stunning hill station called Ponmudi ! Around 55km away from the state capital, this promising hill station will make you rethink and create a whole new perception God’s Own Country!

Enchanted by the spellbinding beauty of the Western Ghats, a drive or ride to Ponmudi has its own fun and excitement. While for the nature lovers, this part of the journey opens an unknown window to Kerala’s mesmerising beauty, adrenaline seekers love to have a tryst with the thrills associated.

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November (Post Monsoon) to May (Summer End)

Trivandrum International Airport (67km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (61km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - March), Monsoon (June - September)

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While in the Poovar Beach, you can witness one of the rarest phenomenon in the world. It is in this scenic beach, where the sea meets a river and a lake. Well, this is not it! Poovar estuary is also serves as the confluence ground of the beach and land!

A quintessential display of exotic flora and fauna, this beach portrays much of traditional ways of coastal living where fishing plays an important part of daily life. Situated around 12km from Kovalam , Poovar Beach has gained immense popularity as a popular picnic spots among the beach lovers and other types of visitors.

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August (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Early Summer)

Poovar Beach, Thiruparappu Falls, Fishing Village, Kalipoika, Kozhipara, Thikkoti Light House

Trivandrum International Airport (38km)

28 Thiruvananthapuram:

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The capital city of God’s Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum , or the ‘Evergreen City of India’ is also the largest city in the state. Located at the south-western edge of Kerala, this city is the perfect example of how rural life gets mixed with the contemporary way of living.

Dotted with numerous tourist spots, places of historical importance, scenic beaches, and much more, Trivandrum is a true treasure trove among visitors from all the walks of life. Rated as one of the finest Indian cities to live in, Thiruvananthapuram can also be called the ‘Economic Capital’ of Kerala.

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Ponmudi, Kovalam, Shanghumugham Beach, Aruvi Waterfalls, Akkulam Tourist Village, Veli Tourist Village, Aruvikkara Dam, Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Poovar, Kowdiar Palace, Agasthyakoodam, Koyikkal Palace, Kanakakunnu Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Napier Museum, Zoological Gardens, Vizhinjam, Thiruvallam, ParipallyGajamela, AnanthaPadmanabha Temple, AttukalBhagavathi Temple

Aaranmula Boat Race, Trekking, Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Mankkayam Falls, Kallar, Koyikkal Palace, Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Sri Krishna Swami Temple

Trivandrum International Airport

Trivandrum Central Railway Station

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (July - September)

29 Thrissur:

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If you are a cultural fan or enthusiastic about the rich traditions of Kerala, Thrissur should be ranked as #1 in your travelogue! Also called ‘Trichur’, this city was once the capital of Kingdom of Cochin, and is fondly called the ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’.

Being edged with a number of scared temples and other religious spots, Thrissur serves as an important pilgrimage among the Hindu devotees. Yes, this city is the venue ground of the famous ‘Temple Festival’ or the ‘Thrissur Pooram’ that is known and participated by devotees from across the globe.

Visit the city during this festival, and you will find the entire Trichur uniting and celebrating the festival with high vigour and equal gusto!

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Year-round Destination / April to May (Thrissur Pooram is celebrated)

Chavakkad Beach, Nattika Beach, Vatanappally Beach, Athirapally Waterfalls, Guruvayoor, Peechi Dam, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Thrisuur Zoo, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Dam, Thrissur Pooram, Archaeological Museum, PunnathurKotta, Sri Maheswara Temple, Lourdes Cathedral, Marth Mariam Church, Vaddakunathan Temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Dolours Basilica, ParamekkavuBhagavathy Temple, Arattupuzha Temple

Kochi International Airport (67km)

Thrissur Railway Station

30 Varkala:

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Flaunting its gracious beauty and charm while having a tryst with the Arabian Sea, Varkala is surely one of the most gorgeous and best places to visit in Kerala! A kaleidoscopic coastal town in Trivandrum, this is in fact the only place in God’s Own Country where cliffs are found alongside the sea-line.

While being a hotspot among the beach lovers, Varkala is also known for the ancient Janardana Swami Temple that dates back to 2,000 years. If you are planning for a Kerala trip, make sure you visit this quaint town; it will keep you amazed all through with its impeccable beauty, devout ambience, and playful beach!

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Paragliding, Varkala Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Edava Beach, Kappil Beach, Papanasam Beach, 590 Cliff, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Varkala Tunnel, Vishnu Temple, Varkala Aquarium, KaduvayilJuma Masjid, Varkala Lighthouse,

Trivandrum International Airport (36km)

VarkalaSivagiri Railway Station

Summer (April - June), Winter (October - March), Monsoon

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Kerala Tourism- Best Places to Visit in Kerala

Hey there! So, you’re planning a visit to Kerala for your holidays? Well, that’s a fantastic decision. Kerala’s wonders have been captivating tourists for a decade, and one can never resist the allure of lush tea fields, emerald backwaters, awe-inspiring hill stations, exotic wildlife, thrilling adventure activities, and delicious food, among other things. We could go on and on about this beautiful place; the list never seems to end. Kerala appeals to everyone, whether you’re here for a honeymoon, family vacation, adventure trip, or a relaxing spa getaway. The series of enchanting experiences will nourish your soul and mind, making it one of India’s most visited tourist destinations.

Kerala holds a special place on the international tourism map. Its rich arts and cultural history, breathtaking destinations, lush forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, and Ayurvedic science therapies attract not only national travelers but also a large number of international visitors keen on exploring Kerala’s tourism. With Kerala being one of Southern India’s most frequented destinations, it now boasts the largest number of five-star properties in India, offering world-class hospitality services to its guests. With numerous national and international tourism awards, Kerala is a must-explore haven for all types of travelers.

List of top 12 tourist places of Kerala which will make your holidays memorable for lifetime-

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Let’s dive deep into the beauty of pristine backwaters, mesmerizing nature, Golden beaches and serene mountain ranges – Top Tourist Places & Attractions of Kerala-

1. Munnar – Kashmir of South India

Munnar Kerala

Every mountain lover’s dream, honeymoon couple’s dream destination, Nature lover’s solace spot – Munnar is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations to visit in Kerala. The landscapes of Munnar are something else. Have you ever seen a real fairytale destination in India? You must have seen many beautiful destinations in your life but go, see Munnar. Munnar’s incredible charm, lush greenery will seduce your eyes. You will see the most beautiful rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, enchanting carpets of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years, and the beautiful peak of Anamudi. Combination of beautiful valleys and lush green mountains, enchanting national parks and wildlife Sanctuaries, Munnar will always stay in your heart even after you have left its shore.

Best Places to See and Things to Do in Munnar

  • Eravikulam National Park – Go wild and enjoy the exotic Wildlife of Munnar
  • Munnar Tea Museum is one of the best places to enrich your senses with delightful aromas. Munnar is very famous for different varieties of Tea.
  • Shop at the local markets of Munnar. Tea, strawberries and spices are the best products of Munnar.
  • Devikulam – A must visit hill station destination in Kerala. Enjoy Trout fishing and stunning natural vistas.
  • Camping is the best thing to do if you are in Munnar. Visit Top Station. Camping amidst the forests, plantations and valleys with your loved ones will make your Munnar Holidays memorable. It is one of the best things to do for couples in Munnar.
  • Get ready for the most thrilling trekking adventure at Blossom Park. The dark dense forests look so stunning yet scary sometimes.
  • Living in hotels and resorts is common but if you want a unique stay experience then stay at the tree houses in Munnar.
  • The best place for all the adventure and sightseeing fun in Munnar is Echo Point. For nature lovers the views are awesome. Tourists can enjoy boating, trekking and birdwatching. You will also behold beautiful Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years.
  • Enjoy Mountain biking, cycling and trekking in western Ghats. The gorgeous views of the countryside of Kerala, dense forests and plantations will blow your heart away.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Munnar

  • Tea Country
  • Abad Copper
  • Hotel Royal Retreat
  • Hotel Lonely Planet
  • Hotel Autumn Trees
  • Lakeview Resort

2. Vagamon- Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Vagamon Kerala

Vagamon, also known as Wagamon lies on the border between Kottayam and Idukki. It is one of the top five tourist destinations of Kerala, perfect for family vacation and honeymoon holidays. It also comes in the list of 50 attractive places of world according to National Geographic. The aura of Vagamon is awe-inspiring. Misty, dreamy, full of lush green tea plantations and rolling green hills, the ambiance of Vagamon will delight your eyes and mind. Away from all the worldly chaos, the serenity and solitude bliss of green forests, waterfalls, flower carpets and hills will never make your day dull here.

If you are in Vagamon then don’t miss Thangal Para. This visually captivating place is also a serene and spiritual hub dedicated to Lord Muruganmala – Lord Muruga. Tourists visit Vagamon in the summer season to beat the heat of plains and enjoy the greenery.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Vagamon, Kerala

  • Pine Forest walk of Vagamon will be the best nature walk tours for you. The beauty and solitude of nature will surely soothe your tired spirit and rejuvenate your senses.
  • Visit Vagamon Lake, it is one of the best places for couples and families. The rolling green hills and lush tea estates makes this place more photogenic. Try Boating and Rowing.
  • Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary- Feel the silence of nature and explore the wilderness. You will see wild elephants and majestic tigers here. The rugged mountains are surrounded by a scenic lake in which you can enjoy boating. It’s couples favorite spot to spend some romantic moments.
  • Marmala Waterfall- Enchantress of the Jungle. It’s a perfect place to seek solace and enjoy trekking.
  • Thangal Para- This place has a great spiritual significance for islamic devotees. It is said that Sheikh Farduddin, an Afghan saint took his last breath at this spot. Devotees come to see the tomb of the Sufi Saint and seek divine blessings.
  • Mundakayam – An enchanting Hill Station. Paragliding is one of the top things to do here.
  • Embrace the solace and absorb the refreshing vibes coming from the greenery in Vagamon Meadows.
  • Murugan Mala- Get the divine blessings of Lord Muruga.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Vagamon

  • Falcon Crest Resort
  • Holiday Vagamon
  • Vagamon Heights
  • Chillax Vagamon
  • Saj Vagamon Hideout
  • Angel’s Vagamon
  • Lavender Vagamon

3. Wayanad – Fascinating Greenland

Wayanad Kerala

Delight your eyes with the lush green coffee, cardamom, tea plantations as Wayanad is very popular for its stunning nature walk tours. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations of Kerala. Holding hands of your beloved amidst the lush greenery will make your romantic moments one of a kind. Every corner of Wayanad is photogenic. Your camera lens will be filled with great memories.

Located at the southernmost tip of deccan plateau, the soul seducing green forests of Wayanad also comes in the list of 20 reserves in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. To enjoy with family, you will find many stunning picnic spots. Adventure lovers will find Wayanad amazing as there are plenty of adventure activities to try such as trekking, mountain biking, camping, zorbing, speed boating, wildlife safaris and ziplining etc. Indeed, your holidays in Wayanad will be memorable for a lifetime.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Wayanad

  • Alluring Banasura Sagar Dam – Second Largest Dam in Asia. Delightful vistas of Banasura Hills will blow your heart away.
  • Chembra Peak – Highest Peak in Wayanad. You will be able to see entire landscapes of Wayanad. Trekking to the dense forests adds more thrill to your trip.
  • Explore the exotic flora and fauna of Kuruva Island. The rare species of birds and flora, scenic bamboo bridges and pristine nature – its a beautiful nature paradise of Wayanad.
  • Greenery all around, Pookode Lake is a perfect place to seek solace and click amazing pictures. It is surrounded by forests and western Ghats. Enjoy boating to explore and embrace the greenery of the forest.
  • Edakkal Caves – Time to explore stone age carvings of Neolithic and Mesolithic age.
  • If you are in Wayanad then exploring the green zones, waterfalls, forests and river streams is a must. Wayanad is rich in greenery. The lush tea estates, camping amidst the forests, bamboo rafting and boating in Kuruva Island will make your holidays in Wayanad memorable.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Wayanad Kerala

  • After the Rains, Meppadi
  • Wayanad Wild, Lakkidi
  • Wayanad Silver woods, Kalpetta
  • Vythiri Village, Vythiri
  • Lakerose Wayanad, Kalpetta
  • Wayanad Village Resort, Thondernad

4. Kovalam – Paradise of Golden Beaches

Kovalam Beach Kerala

What is best then spending your entire day in the golden beaches of Kovalam? Kovalam is very popular for its stunning beaches. It comes in the top 10 tourist destinations of Kerala. The beaches of Kovalam will fine-tune your spirit. Do you know? Kovalam Beach is an internationally renowned beach and is one of the best tourist spots for beach and adventure lovers. Sea Bathing is quite popular there. There are many shopping spots, Ayurvedic resorts, convention facilities where you can feel the bliss of peace and fun. Don’t miss the South Indian and continental delicacies, it’s worth a try when you are in Kovalam.

One of the best things about Kovalam is that you will be able to find the best budget cottages and hotels for a comfortable stay. Some are so beautiful in terms of views. You will wake to the sound of the breeze and the beauty of the seaside will blow your heart away.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kovalam

  • Catamaran Rides in Hawah Beach – Place for thrilling activities
  • Baked delicacies of German Bakery are a must not miss.
  • Kovalam offers amazing opportunities to enjoy adventurous water sports such as Sculling, swimming, surfing and paddling etc.
  • Relax your soul in Ayurvedic Massage centers.
  • Kovalam is very popular for oil scented sarees, coconut and coir products. The markets near lighthouse beach are awesome.
  • Backwater Cruise in Ashtamudi Lake- One of the top things to do in Kovalam
  • Sunset point at Edakallu and the beauty of serene beaches are awesome spots for romantic souls.
  • Explore spiritual hubs such as Shri Padmanabhswamy Temple and Parashurama Temple. Also explore Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. It was built in the 18th century. The sculptures of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati in this temple remained unfinished. It is under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kovalam

  • The leela Kovalam
  • Green Cove Resort by Taj Vivanta
  • Turtle on the Beach
  • Hotel Samudra
  • Travancore Heritage Beach Resorts
  • Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

5. Periyar – Land of the Wild

Periyar National Park Kerala

Where can you see the most beautiful spice gardens of Kerala? It’s none other than Periyar. It’s a beautiful spice village of Kerala and a captivating eco-tourist destination. Decked with enchanting cottages, and nature’s beauty all around, the tranquil vibes give so much joy to the soul and mind. You will not feel tired anymore.

If you are a wildlife and nature lover then Periyar would be a great place for you. It is very popular for its amazing Tiger Reserve. It is spread across an area of 777 sq. km which is the largest protected area with a wealth of amazing floral and faunal species.

One interesting fact is that this place got its name from the serene Periyar river whose origin is deep inside the forest. The rustic and refreshing setting of this incredible spot will surely give you the memories you are looking for. Indeed, Periyar’s beauty proves that it is the best destination to visit in Kerala for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Periyar

  • Romantic Boat Safari at Thekkady Lake will be the best thing to do if you are here for your honeymoon.
  • An off-road Jungle Jeep safari at Gavi will enrich your thrilling ventures.
  • Explore the exotic wildlife and flora of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is one of the best places to explore in Periyar. Enjoy a thrilling Wildlife Safari.
  • Some of the most fun filled and thrilling adventure activities to do in Periyar are Bamboo Rafting, Tree House stay and Jungle Camping. Periyar Tiger trail and elephant rides will add some more thrill and excitement to remember for a lifetime.
  • The picturesque Hill station destination of Periyar can be best explored by Trekking.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Periyar

  • Cardamom Country
  • Shalimar Spice Garden, Periyar
  • Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady
  • Spice Grove Hotels and Resorts, Periyar
  • Greenwoods Resort, Periyar
  • Spice Village- Nature Habitat, Periyar

6. Varkala- Serenity Redefined

Varkala Kerala

Quiet, serene and delightful, Varkala in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram is a charm you would love to see again and again. Varkala is one of the must not miss tourist destinations of Kerala. It is very popular for spiritual pursuits. One of the must visit charm of Varkala is a 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple which stands on a beautiful cliff looking at the most stunning Varkala Beach.

You will find delicious sea food in the shacks, beautiful lakes, hills, lighthouses, Ayurvedic spas and springs which will definitely make your day here. One interesting fact about Varkala Beach which is the landmark destination of Varkala is that it is also known as Papanasam Beach and it’s very famous for a natural spring. It is said that bathing in it will remove your bad karmas.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Varkala

  • Serene, spiritual and bliss inducing a visit to Varkala beach is a must. Its waters have healing powers that’s what the locals believe.
  • Get the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu at Janardhana Swamy Temple. The temple is 2000 years old.
  • Fairytale setting, serene backwaters of Varkala- A Visit to St Sebastian’s Pilgrim Church is a visual treat.
  • Sivagiri Mutt is a popular religious place in Varkala. It is a pilgrimage center which has the samadhi of Shri Narayan Guru. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek blessings from the Guru.
  • Serenity of Edava Beach will captivate your senses.
  • Visit Anjengo Fort, it’s a popular historical place located in Varkala. The backwaters near this fort and enchanting coconut groves on the shoreline makes this place a visual spectacle.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Varkala

  • Zostel Varkala
  • Quality Inn
  • Varkala Cliff Villa
  • Short Giraffe Hostels
  • Kiaora Hometel

7. Kochi – Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi - Chinese Fishing Nets

Kochi is another best tourist place you can’t miss in Kerala. In fact, consider it as the soul of Kerala. A hotbed of art, food and culture, heritage and colorful festivals – Kochi will give you a plethora of delightful experiences to cherish for a long time. From emerald backwaters, to stunning heritage and cultural sites, green fields, museums, churches, art galleries, folk theaters and lakes- Kochi is a best place to enjoy traditional Kerala culture and relaxing beach holidays and heritage tours. If you love metropolitan city tours then surely Kochi will never disappoint you as it shows you the cultural nerve of Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kochi

  • Explore the rich legacy of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi at Mattancherry Palace.
  • Chinese Fishing Nets- Most scenic spectacle of Kochi
  • Fun with Majestic Elephants- play with baby elephants at Ernakulam’s Elephant Training Center.
  • St Francis Church is one of the oldest churches of India established by the Portuguese in 1503. Its beauty will captivate your senses.
  • Enjoy shopping at Princess Street. It is also known as Loafer’s Corner. There are many cafes, book stores, and shops which will make your day delightful.
  • You must visit the most stunning beach of Kochi- Marine Drive.
  • Know about the rich history and cultural heritage of Kerala at fort Kochi

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kochi

  • Taj Malabar Resort and Spa
  • Kochi Marriott Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Trident Hotel
  • Holiday inn
  • Hotel Abad Chullickal

8. Kumarakom – The Gateway to the Backwaters

Kumarakom Kerala

Don’t miss the village on the soothing banks of the mighty Vembanad lake – Kumarakom. You will be mesmerized to see the setting of this place. Mangrove forests, coconut palms, cool weather makes Kumarakom scenic so rich that you will not be able to stop yourself from clicking pictures. It’s a treasure trove for nature and bird watchers. Kumarakom is very popular for its amazing Bird Sanctuary which is spread across 14 acres. You will see stunning migratory birds such as Siberian Stork, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, Flycatchers and owls etc. Roaming through the narrow canals and mangrove forests in a houseboat is another delight which you will never forget. It is an enchanting backwater destination which is also perfect for the best family holidays in Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kumarakom

  • Watch the delightful migratory birds and greenery at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Boating would be the best thing to do in the serene lake of Kumarakom. It is also famous for its backwater tourism. Enjoy a houseboat cruise. It is the perfect thing to do if you are on honeymoon vacation in Kerala.
  • Beauty of Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall will mesmerize your soul.
  • Ayurvedic Spa- Relax your mind and body.
  • Local street walk in Kumarakom will be a visual spectacle.
  • Alluring sunset views and fishing in Vembanad Lake will be the most delightful tourist activity to do in Kumarakom.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kumarakom

  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Zuri Resort Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resort and Spa Kumarakom
  • Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom
  • Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom
  • Lake Song Kumarakom

9. Thekkady – Poetry of Nature

Thekkady Kerala

Kerala’s green carpet and an enchanting tourist spot, Thekkady will seduce your senses with its wildlife and adventure activities. It is an amazing tourist destination of South India popular for Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of India’s largest Tiger Reserves. It’s not less than a heaven for a nature lover. Tea, coffee, cardamom plantations, hill slopes, and tropical forests will greet you as you step in the blissful world of Thekkady. You will see a variety of animals such as wild elephants, wild boars, bison, tigers, deers and sloth bears etc. Apart from that it’s a great place to absorb spiritual bliss in serene temples and spend a fun filled day around picturesque waterfalls and cascades. If you are looking for a wonderful honeymoon destination in Kerala, Thekkady’s charm will enrich your honeymoon experience.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Thekkady

  • Enjoy Boating and explore the rich greenery of Periyar forests in Periyar lake.
  • Get the divine blessings at Mangala Devi Temple. Also enjoy the beautiful ambiance.
  • Gavi is a beautiful eco-tourism destination which you must visit if you are in Thekkady.
  • Bamboo Rafting and Hiking in the forests of Periyar are the best thrilling activities to do in Thekkady.
  • Enjoy the exotic wildlife of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Explore the beautiful rural side of Kerala in Bullock Carts.
  • Visit the valley of Pandikuzhi and get lost in its fairytale-like setting. Streams, waterfalls, rich floral and faunal species and lush greenery will mesmerize you.
  • Thekkady is very popular for its spice plantations and tea factories. Make sure you explore some of them. It is the best place to enjoy the magic of the monsoon in Kerala. The greenery will seduce you forever.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Thekkady

  • Kofiland Resort
  • Aranya Nivas
  • Woods N Spice
  • Spice Village
  • Greenwoods Resort, Thekkady

10. Kozhikode – City of Enchanting Greenery

Kozhikode Beach Kerala

Serene Solitude of the lush green countryside, thrill of the adventure in pristine beaches, captivating wilderness of the exotic wildlife sanctuaries, breathtaking river and hillsides makes Kozhikode one of the top family tourist destinations of Kerala. Holidaying with family and loved ones here will never disappoint you as it has so much to offer for sightseeing.

It is said that the famous explorer Vasco De Gama set his foot in India in Kozhikode. This place has a rich historical legacy which you will see through its tourist attractions as they still carry the vibe of Dutch, French and British invaders. A day in Kozhikode means lots of fun and adventure. Ancient ports, crafts village, backwaters of Elathur, Canali canal and Kallai river and thrilling water sports makes Kozhikode one of the best tourist places in Kerala for family holidays.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kozhikode

  • Beautiful sunset, soothing sea breeze, alluring vistas of golden beaches and thrilling water sports – Make your day awesome at Kozhikode Beach.
  • Interested in History? Explore the 15,000-year-old shipping Yard at Beypore. It’s quite interesting.
  • Learn some skills from the village people of Iringa Craft Village. They show their traditional art and craft to the tourists. It’s one of the best things to see in Kozhikode.
  • Enjoy a Houseboat cruise at the backwaters of Kozhikode.
  • Kakkayam Dam is a wonderful picnic spot to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Enjoy boat rides and hiking.
  • If you love birdwatching then visit Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. This place is also very popular for deep water crocodiles. It’s quite fascinating to see them.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kozhikode

  • Renai Kappad Beach Resort
  • Le Candles Resort Kozhikode
  • The Raviz Calicut
  • The Gateway Hotel
  • Westway Hotel
  • The Beach Hotel

11. Trivandrum – Kerala’s Soul

Trivandrum - Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Rest from the best here comes Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala is no doubt a landmark destination of Kerala. It will show you the real soul of Kerala. The rich culture and heritage of Kerala comes alive when you visit the temples and amazing museums of Trivandrum. Long shoreline, pristine beaches, breathtaking backwaters, south Indian delicacies, shopping spots, museums, historical monuments, dance and art performances, festivities and serene temples – Trivandrum has everything for a traveler. Whether you are on a family vacation, backpacker, solo traveler, honeymoon couples, Trivandrum will take the fun of your Kerala Tour to another level. You will learn a lot about Kerala’s culture in Trivandrum.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Trivandrum

  • Away from the chaos of the world, explore the calm world of Samudra Beach. Cool sea breeze and scenic vistas will rejuvenate your mind.
  • Learn about the rich cultural heritage and history of Kerala by exploring Museums. Some of the most popular museums are Napier Museum, SMSM Institute and the Natural History Museum.
  • If you are in Trivandrum then you must visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Rich in architecture, it’s truly a visual spectacle.
  • Skydiving and Paragliding are the most popular adventure activities to do in Trivandrum. You must try it once.
  • Rejuvenate your spirit in Ayushmanbhava Ayurvedic Center.
  • Explore the rich heritage of Travancore Dynasty at Kanakakunnu Palace.
  • Indian Coffee House in Trivandrum is one of the best spots to enjoy the best filter coffee of Kerala.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Trivandrum

  • Agastya Ayurveda Garden
  • Chakra Ayurvedic Resort
  • Bio Veda Hill Resort
  • Poovar Estuary Island Resort
  • Lake Palace Hotel

12. Athirapally – Nature’s Best Canvas & Magical Waterfall

Athirapally Waterfall Kerala

Athirapally, one of the top tourist places in Kerala, is a breathtaking spectacle for nature enthusiasts. Known for its mesmerizing waterfalls and lush landscapes, it’s a must-visit on any Kerala sightseeing tour. The majestic Athirapally Falls, plummeting from a height amidst dense forests, offers a surreal experience. The surrounding Vazhachal Forest Gardens provide a picturesque backdrop for those seeking tranquility. The region’s rich biodiversity and eco-tourism initiatives add to its charm. Adventure seekers and photographers find their haven here. Athirapally encapsulates the essence of Kerala’s natural beauty, making it an unforgettable stop for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Athirapally, Kerala

  • Athirapally Waterfalls: Witness the majestic cascade of Athirapally Falls, one of India’s most impressive waterfalls.
  • Vazhachal Forest Gardens: Explore the lush Vazhachal Forest Gardens, a haven for nature lovers with diverse flora and fauna.
  • Charpa Falls: Discover Charpa Falls, a hidden gem known for its serene atmosphere and pristine surroundings.
  • Thumboormuzhi Dam: Visit Thumboormuzhi Dam to witness the Chalakudy River’s scenic beauty and enjoy boating.
  • Nature Walks: Take rejuvenating nature walks through the surrounding forests, embracing the tranquility and rich biodiversity.
  • Sholayar Dam: Enjoy panoramic views of the Sholayar Dam, surrounded by the Western Ghats, and relish the picturesque landscapes.
  • Photography: Capture breathtaking shots of the waterfalls, lush greenery, and wildlife, making Athirapally a paradise for photographers.
  • Kauthuka Park: Explore Kauthuka Park, a unique garden that showcases miniature versions of traditional Kerala homes and farms.
  • Wildlife Watching: Embark on wildlife watching expeditions in the nearby forests, with chances to spot various species of birds and animals.
  • Bamboo Rafting: Experience the thrill of bamboo rafting on the Chalakudy River, a memorable way to explore the region’s beauty.

How to Reach God’s Own Country – Kerala?

Kerala Backwater

By Air – Kerala by air is the most convenient way of travel. Kerala has three international airports – Kochi International Airport, Calicut International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and they are well connected to all the major states of India and important national attractions of Kerala.

By Train – Train is also a very good option to travel to Kerala. There are more than 200 railway stations in Kerala and all are well connected to the major states in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Amritsar, Dehradun and Bengaluru etc. Kasaragod, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Kollam etc. are some of the major railway lines in Kerala.

By Road- Traveling to Kerala by road is a very fascinating experience. It is for the wanderers who love to explore, adventure and click a lot of pictures. NH – 17, 49 and 47 connect to Kerala. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation is very well connected to all the small and big destinations of Kerala. There is no shortage of bus, auto and cab services in Kerala.

By Sea – For most of us traveling to Kerala by sea is a very unique travel mode but it’s worth it. You can travel to Kerala by sea through the islands of Lakshadweep via Arabian Sea.

Weather & Climate of Kerala

Kerala Weather

Every season in Kerala has its own unique quality So, Kerala is beautiful and a lovely option to travel throughout the year. However, there are different types of travelers who are looking for specific things to enjoy in a particular destination.

Let’s see what Kerala has to offer in each season.

Summer Season in Kerala – (March to May)

Summer offers a wonderful travel experience of Kerala if you are traveling to the hill Stations. In coastal areas and plains, the temperature remains humid all day. The temperature ranges up to 35 °C. To enjoy an amazing summer vacation in Kerala, it is best to visit the delightful Hill Stations. The cool climate, greenery, and adventure activities will make your trip awesome. Munnar, Ponmudi, Kottapara, Vagamon, Wayanad, Gavi, Idukki, Munnar are some of the best Hill Stations to visit in Kerala in Summer.

Summer is also a time to enjoy colorful festivals of Kerala such as Vishu, Ambalapuzha Arattu, Kerala Boat Festival and Thrissur pooram etc.

Monsoon Season in Kerala – (July- August, October and November)

Kerala, the God’s own country, looks most beautiful during the monsoon. The green looks greener and the refreshing vibes will take away all your tiredness. Kerala enjoys monsoon two times. One, Southwest Monsoon which is the main rainy season of Kerala. It starts at the end of June. Second, the Northeast Monsoon which starts in October. It is a great time to enjoy the rain and nature’s beauty. The best thing to do during the monsoon here is Ayurvedic therapies. It will definitely fine tune your spirit. Varkala, Wayanad, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Kozhikode are the best destinations in Kerala for magical monsoon experience.

Winter Season in Kerala (December to February)

Winter in Kerala starts from Mid-November and remains till February. The temperature ranges up to 18°C. It is the best time for sightseeing and enjoying adventure activities. You can visit Hill Stations, beaches, cities, wildlife safaris, Ayurvedic spas, and enjoy backwater tourism etc. for a perfect winter vacation in Kerala.

Best Time to Plan Your Trip to Kerala

Best Time to Visit Kerala

Kerala is blissful throughout the year. You can plan your trip anytime. But if we talk about sightseeing, adventures activities and overall festivities then You must consider the Winter season to plan your trip to Kerala. There will be no humidity, less rainfalls and the weather of Hill Stations is awesome. It is the best time to enjoy trekking, wildlife Safaris, hill Station holidays, backwater tourism, boat races, festivities like Garudan Thookkam Festival, Christmas, New Year celebrations, Kochi Carnival, Temple festivals such as Jagannath Festival, Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Festival, Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam and Malabar Mahotsavam etc.

Now you know about the most scenic places to visit in Kerala. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be ready for one of the best Kerala holiday trips of your life.

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Kerala tourist places: top 20 best tourist places to visit in kerala.

Kerala, often called “God’s Own Country,” is a paradise for travellers with its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. From serene backwaters to lush hill stations and vibrant cities, many enchanting tourist destinations in Kerala cater to every traveller’s preference. Join us on a beautiful journey to explore the places to visit in Kerala.

Alleppey (Alappuzha) - The Venice of the East

Famous for its picturesque backwaters, houseboat cruises, and tranquil canals, Alleppey is rightly known as the “Venice of the East.” Exploring the backwaters on a traditional houseboat is a unique and unforgettable experience. Visitors can witness the idyllic village life along the waterways and immerse themselves in the beauty of the serene Vembanad Lake.

Munnar - Hill Station Paradise

Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Munnar is a hill station paradise blessed with lush tea plantations, misty mountains, and breathtaking valleys. A visit to the tea gardens and tea factories offers insight into the tea-making process. At the same time, the Eravikulam National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Kochi (Cochin) - The Queen of the Arabian Sea

Kochi, the bustling port city, is a delightful blend of history and modernity. The city’s rich legacy is evident in its ancient Chinese fishing nets, colonial-era architecture, and spice markets. Visitors can explore attractions such as the Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi, and the Jewish Synagogue, each reflecting the city’s multicultural past.

Thekkady - Wildlife and Spice Haven

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Thekkady is eminent for its lush forests, spice plantations, and the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The reserve offers thrilling wildlife safaris where visitors may spot elephants, tigers, and various other fauna. The spice gardens provide a chance to learn about the region’s rich spice cultivation and processing.

Wayanad - Land of Misty Hills and Tribal Culture

Wayanad, a serene hill district, is one of the famous Kerala tourist places that captivates travellers with its misty mountains, dense forests, and picturesque waterfalls. The region is also home to indigenous tribes; visitors can experience their unique culture and traditions. Trekking to Chembra Peak and exploring the Edakkal Caves are popular activities for adventure seekers.

Kovalam - The Beach Retreat 

Kovalam is a captivating beach destination, offering golden sandy beaches, azure waters, and palm-fringed coastlines. It is an ideal spot for relaxing by the sea, indulging in water sports, and witnessing mesmerising sunsets. Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, and Samudra Beach are the prominent beaches here.

Kumarakom - Backwaters and Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom, situated on the embankment of Vembanad Lake, is renowned for its serene backwaters and abundant avian population. Birdwatchers can spot various migratory and resident bird species at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Houseboat cruises through the backwaters offer a tranquil and scenic experience.

Varkala - Cliffside Beach and Spiritual Hub

Varkala is a unique destination with a captivating combination of pristine beaches and spiritual allure. The stunning cliffside beach is a popular spot for relaxation and water activities. Visitors can also explore the Janardana Swami Temple, a revered spiritual site with a history dating back centuries.

Thrissur - Cultural Capital of Kerala

It is a vibrant city rich in artistic traditions and festivals. The Thrissur Pooram festival, celebrated with grandeur and splendour, draws visitors from far and wide. The city is also home to the majestic Vadakkunnathan Temple and the Thrissur Zoo.

Periyar National Park - Wildlife and Adventure

Periyar National Park, nestled in the Western Ghats, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The park is home to various wildlife, including elephants, tigers, leopards, and numerous bird species. Boat safaris on Periyar Lake offer a unique chance to detect wildlife in their natural habitat.

Bekal - Historic Fort and Serene Beaches

Bekal, located in northern Kerala, is a hidden gem with a historic fort and pristine beaches. The Bekal Fort, a massive structure dating back centuries, stands tall against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Visitors can explore the fort’s intricate architecture and enjoy breathtaking sea views. The nearby Bekal Beach offers a tranquil escape, ideal for unwinding and enjoying the coastal beauty.

Athirappilly Falls - Majestic Waterfalls amidst Rainforests

Nestled amidst the lush rainforests of the Western Ghats, Athirappilly Falls is a breathtaking sight to behold. The cascading waterfalls, surrounded by verdant greenery, create a majestic and serene ambience. Nature enthusiasts can explore the nearby Vazhachal Forest and enjoy the captivating beauty of the Athirappilly region.

Marari Beach - Serene and Pristine Coastal Getaway

With its untouched beauty and laid-back atmosphere, Marari Beach offers a serene coastal retreat. The tranquil beach, fringed by swaying palm trees, invites travellers to relax and rejuvenate amidst gentle waves. Marari is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful take-off from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Poovar Island - Tranquil Backwater Escape

Poovar Island, nestled amidst the backwaters and the Arabian Sea, is a tranquil haven for nature lovers. The island’s unique geography offers a blend of backwaters, estuaries, and pristine beaches. Visitors can indulge in backwater cruises, witness breathtaking sunsets, and explore the region’s rich biodiversity.

Vagamon - Hill Station with Rolling Meadows and Pine Forests

Vagamon, a picturesque hill station, captivates visitors with its lush green meadows, mist-covered valleys, and dense pine forests. The region’s tranquil ambience and pleasant climate make it an ideal state for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. Paragliding and trekking are popular activities for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

Guruvayur - Famous Pilgrimage Destination

Guruvayur is renowned for the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Kerala. The temple’s grand architecture and spiritual aura attract devotees from all over the country. Apart from the temple, Guruvayur also offers vibrant markets, traditional art performances, and a glimpse of Kerala’s cultural heritage.

Kozhikode (Calicut) - Historic City and Beaches

Kozhikode, historically known as Calicut, is a vibrant city with a rich past and a pristine beach. The city’s historical significance is evident in its ancient temples, monuments, and bustling markets. Kozhikode Beach is a popular spot for locals and visitors, offering a serene ambience and stunning sunsets.

Palakkad - Gateway to the Western Ghats

Palakkad, often called the “Gateway to the Western Ghats,” is a paradise for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. The town has lush paddy fields, picturesque landscapes, and ancient forts. With its unique architecture, the Palakkad Fort stands as a testimony to the region’s historical significance.

Silent Valley National Park - Biodiversity Hotspot 

Silent Valley National Park, tucked away in the Nilgiri Hills, is a treasure trove of biodiversity. The park’s dense forests and diverse wildlife make it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. Exploring the pristine wilderness of Silent Valley is an unforgettable experience.

Fort Kochi - Colonial Heritage and Cultural Fusion

Fort Kochi, a historic neighbourhood in Kochi, is a fascinating blend of colonial heritage and cultural fusion. The area has colonial-era buildings, ancient churches, and charming cafes. The Chinese fishing nets, a unique sight in Fort Kochi, offer an insight into the region’s maritime past.

The tourist destinations in Kerala offer diverse experiences, from historic forts and serene beaches to majestic waterfalls and hill stations. Each destination holds its unique charm, inviting travellers to explore the enchanting beauty of “God’s Own Country.” Whether you seek relaxation by the beach, adventure in the hills, or a spiritual retreat, Kerala’s tourist places have something unique to offer every traveller.

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Day 1 : arrival at chennai international airport.

On your arrival at Chennai International Airport, you will be received and transferred to the hotel. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight stay in Chennai

DAY 2 : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Tiruttani - Tirupati

Start your journey to have the Kanchipuram Temple Trip on the way to Tirupati. Visit Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram (Pancha Bhootha Sthalam), Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple and Tiruttani Murugan Temple (Arupadai Veedu). Continue your drive to Tirupati and check-in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tirupati

DAY 3 : Tirupati - Day excursion to Srikalahasthi

This is the day to have Tirupati Trip. Do worship lord Balaji this morning in Tirumala and start your drive to Srikalahasthi. Have a darshan of Sri Kalahastheeswara Swami (Pancha Bhootha Sthalam) and return back to Tirupati. In the evening visit Sri Padmavathi Thayar temple in Alamelumangapuram. One more night stay in Tirupati

DAY 4 : Tirupati - Tiruvannamalai

Start your Pilgrimage Trip towards Tiruvannamalai today. Enroute stop and visit Sripuram Golden Temple in Vellore. Continue your drive to Tiruvannamalai and check-in the hotel. In the evening visit Sri Arunachaleswara Temple (Pancha Bhootha Sthalam). Overnight stay in Tiruvannamalai

DAY 5 : Tiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam

Finish your breakfast and get set for Kumbakonam Temple City Trip. Drive to Kumbakonam. Enroute stop at Chidambaram and visit Sri Nataraja Temple (Pancha Bhootha Sthalam). Your Navagraha Temples Trip starts here with Vaitheeswaran Kovil "Sevvai" Temple , Thiruvenkadu "Budhan" Temple , Keezhaperumpallam "Kethu" Temple . Check-in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Kumbakonam

DAY 6 : Kumbakonam

This day you can cover the Navagraha Trip like Thirunallaru "Sani" Temple , Alangudi "Guru" Temple , Thirunageswaram "Raaghu" Temple , Kanjanoor "Sukran" Temple , Suriyanar Kovil "Sun" Temple . One more night stay in Kumbakonam

DAY 7 : Kumbakonam - Trichy

Finish your breakfast and explore the Spiritual Trip on the way to Trichy. Enroute visit Thingaloor "Chandran" Temple (Navagraha Temple), Swamimalai (Arupadai Veedu) and the famous Brihadeeswara Temple (Big Temple) in Thanjavur - a UNESCO world heritage site. Drive to Trichy and in the afternoon visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Thiruvanaikovil Sri Jambukeswara Temple (Pancha Bhootha Sthalam). Have a rest in the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Trichy

DAY 8 : Trichy - Rameswaram

Finish your breakfast and start your Holy Trip towards Rameswaram. Enroute stop and visit Pillayarpatti Sri Karpaga Vinayaga Temple. Continue your drive and do check-in to the hotel. In the evening visit Sri Ramanathaswami Temple and have a dip in 22 holy wells for internal purification from all our sins. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight stay in Rameswaram

DAY 9 : Rameswaram - Tiruchendhur - Kanyakumari

Finish your breakfast and start your drive to explore Kanyakumari City Trip. Enroute stop and visit Tiruchendhur Temple (Arupadai Veedu). Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland where Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea & Indian Ocean converge together. You can visit the places like Kumari Amman Temple , Thiruvalluvar Statue , Vivekananda Rock Memorial , Mahatma Gandhi Memorial . Have a rest in the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Kanyakumari

DAY 10 : Kanyakumari - Madurai

Start your Heritage Trip to Madurai. Before check-in to the hotel visit Thiruparankundram Temple (Arupadai Veedu). Check-in to the hotel and in the evening visit Meenakshi Amman Temple , Azhagar Kovil and Pazhamudhirsolai Temple (Arupadai Veedu). Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight stay in Madurai

DAY 11 : Madurai - Munnar

This day you can enjoy the Hill Station Trip in Munnar. Drive to the most famous hill station in South India, Munnar. Do check-in to the hotel and relax. No set of activities are scheduled today. Overnight stay in Munnar

DAY 12 : Munnar

This full day is to explore the maximum at Munnar. Visit the famous Mattupatty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point, Tea Estates etc. One more night stay in Munnar

DAY 13 : Munnar - Thekkady

After breakfast drive to Thekkady, the frontier of Kerala & Tamil Nadu, do check-in to the hotel. In the afternoon you can have an Adventure Trip by boating in Periyar lake, guided spice plantation trip, elephant/jeep safari. It is optional for you to experience the traditional Keralan ayurvedic massage in the evening. Overnight stay in Thekkady

DAY 14 : Thekkady - Alleppey Houseboat

This is the day to enjoy yourself with Alleppey House Boat Trip. Finish your breakfast and drive to Alleppey (Alappuzha). Check-in to the houseboat and have a delicious Keralan lunch. Enjoy the cruise over the Vembanadu Lake backwaters. The houseboat will be stopped at one place in the evening and there itself you can have your dinner. Overnight stay in an Air-Conditioned Houseboat, Alappuzha

DAY 15 : Alappuzha - Kochi

Do check-out from the houseboat and drive to Kochi. In the afternoon start your Cochin City trip by visiting the famous Bhagavathi Amman Temple in Chottanikara, Mattancherry Palace and Chinese Fishing Nets. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight stay in Kochi

DAY 16 : Departure from Kochi

This day you will be ended up with Tamil Nadu and Kerala Trip. You will be transferred to Cochin International Airport, Kochi as per your flight schedule back to home!

Tamilnadu - Kerala Tour - 16 Days Tour Itinerary

places to visit in kerala from chennai

  • Fort St. George
  • St. Mary''s Church
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • St. Thomas Church
  • Government Museum
  • Marina Beach
  • Pitchavaram
  • Gingee Fort
  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple
  • Kailasanathar Temple
  • Sri Varadharaja Temple
  • Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
  • Kumari Amman Temple
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Thingaloor "Chandran" Temple
  • Alangudi "Guru" Temple
  • Thirunageswaram "Raaghu" Temple
  • Thirunallaru "Sani" Temple
  • Suriyanar Kovil "Sun" Temple
  • Kanjanoor "Sukran" Temple
  • Vaitheeswaran Kovil "Sevvai" Temple
  • Thiruvenkadu "Budhan" Temple
  • Keezhaperumpallam "Kethu" Temple
  • Mahamaham Tank
  • Kumbeshwara Temple
  • Ramaswamy Temple
  • Sarangapani Temple
  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple
  • Navagraha Temples
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Thirumalai Nayaka Palace
  • Pazhamudhirsolai
  • Azhagar Koil
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Sea Shore Temple
  • Arjuna''s Penance
  • Five Chariots
  • Botanical Garden
  • Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dolphin's Nose
  • St. Stephen's Church
  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Tirumayam Fort
  • Sittanavasal
  • Narthamalai
  • Kudimiyanmalai
  • Ilankudipatti Iyyanar
  • Rameshwaram
  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Thanjavur Art Gallery
  • Tiruvannamalai
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Rockfort Uchchipillayar Temple
  • Thiruvanaikovil Sri Jambukeswara Temple
  • Vellore Golden Temple

places to visit in kerala from chennai

  • Cherai Beach
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
  • St. Francis Church
  • Kovalam Beach
  • Thiruvananthapuram
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What are the best 3 day trip plans to kerala from chennai last updated: 14 mar 2022.

Do you want to go on a vacation and find it challenging to manage your time? In that case, a short 3-day trip plan can be the solution. It isn't easy to take out a week for travelling, but a luxurious weekend will let you explore some beautiful locations, relax for some time and recharge yourself for more productivity at work. Many scientific studies prove a short vacation can be relaxing and bring multiple health benefits. For a short trip with a lot of fun, you can visit Kerala, the backwaters of India, for a calm and peaceful trip at an affordable rate. There are several Kerala tour packages from Chennai that can help you have a comfortable journey.

This article will tell you more about Kerala state, travel alternatives to Chennai and Kerala tour packages from Chennai in Detail.

What are the Best 3 Day Trip Plans to Kerala from Chennai

Why choose Kerala for a short trip?

Kerala is known as God's own country because it's rich in natural resources, and visiting this place once will give you beautiful memories for life. Kerala has multiple beaches, mountains, hill stations and historical sites perfect for a short trip or a weekend trip. This beautiful state is between the western ghats and the Great Arabian sea. It has commercial cities, luxurious resorts, exotic wildlife Sanctuary and much more to explore.

All you need to do for exploring it is take a look Kerala tour package from Chennai.

The Best Kerala tour packages from Chennai -

  • (1) Wayanad Tour Package - The Wayanad Tour Package is your perfect three day trip to the beautiful hill station located at a high altitude. It is a joke to some exotic wildlife species like elephants, Bison, tiger and much more. This two night, 3-day package will allow you to explore wildlife, tribal lifestyle, jeep safari, trekking, and a visit to Edakkal caves with Stone Age pictographic writings dating back to prehistoric times.
  • (2) Cochin-Munnar- Cochin is a vibrant modern city with a centuries-old port gateway for Arab Chinese and European traders. So, the places in Cochin reflect the influence of their culture. There are local spice markets and colonial bungalows. Also known as the 'Queen of the Arabian sea', Cochin is the most populous city in Kerala. On the other hand, Munnar will give you a completely different experience with evergreen tea plantations and beautiful hills that seem like a magical spell from the fairy tale. So, on this trip, you can have a jungle safari, walk through the local spice market and tea vegetation, visit a national park, watch mesmerising waterfalls and much more.
  • (3) Cochin-Thekkady- The trip to the modern Port city of Cochin will give you a glimpse of city life in Kerala. On the other hand, Thekkady has dense evergreen forests and savanna grasslands that give you a complete enchanting weekend. You can stroll through the city, visit forts and enjoy boating and interaction with wildlife.
  • (4) Kovalam trip- Kovalam is a small coastal town in Kerala with one of the best pristine beaches in Kerala. You can get breathtaking views of the ocean visit temples, art galleries, lakes, castles, villages, lighthouse beaches, Artificial offshore coral reefs and much more in your Kerala tour packages from Chennai for a worthwhile weekend trip.
  • (5) Cochin-Gavi- Cochin is a circulation port in the coastal city of Kerala. You can visit Shiva temple, Dutch Palace, beaches, museums and much more in Cochin. Gavi is a village in Kerala that will take you close to untouched natural beauty. It has serene evergreen forests with plenty of wildlife like tiger, leopards, bear, Indian gaur,lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur and the Malabar giant squirrel. Also, you will get to see more than 250 species of birds. Gavi allows travellers trekking, outdoor camping, night safari and lots more.

After telling you about Kerala tour packages from Chennai, next, let us tell you how to travel between Chennai and Kerala.

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How to travel to Kerala from Chennai?

The city of Chennai is well-connected from Kerala, and you can travel there by train, road or flight.

  • (1) Train- Multiple trains make frequent journeys from Chennai to Kerala. The journey takes around 11 hours and 5 minutes, and you get down to multiple stations like Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram or Kozhikode.
  • (2) Flight- You can quickly get from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin. The flight from Chennai to Kozhikode takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • (3) Road- The most straightforward way to travel from Chennai to Kerala is a beautiful road trip. The complete drive from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram (capital city of Kerala) takes 13 hr and 38 minutes.

These were details about the journey from Chennai to Kerala apart from the Kerala tour packages from Chennai. Next, let us tell you some interesting facts about Kerala.

Some Interesting facts about Kerala:

  • (1) Kerala is ranked as the cleanest state in India.
  • (2) The Backwaters of Kerala, which is a remarkable network of a turquoise backwater, covers nearly half of the length of the state.
  • (3) Kerala is also known as the Spice Coast of India for its aromatic and flavourful spice production in India.
  • (4) Kerala has the world's richest temple, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Summing up,

Kerala has a serene beauty and a paradise for refreshing travel that you must explore to get a closer glimpse of nature. The coastal state offers multiple activities for tourists to adventure, and it has a rich cultural heritage and history that needs to be known.

If you are planning to take any of the Kerala tour packages from Chennai and visit the backwaters, then you must contact Kerala tour packages . They are based in Kerala, and you can benefit from their expertise and first-hand knowledge about Kerala. You can get affordable Kerala tour packages from Chennai because they offer special rates and pocket-friendly deals for hotels, resorts and private cars. So, why are you waiting to explore a beautiful gift of nature in the form of Kerala? Contact them now.

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A HEARTY WELCOME TO KERALA TOUR PACKAGES FROM CHENNAI WITH YOUR FAMILY

When the monsoon sets in, Kerala is the dampest place to be. But otherwise it is a sure paradise on earth with its greenery, backwaters, seashores and misty hills. Enjoy your summer holidays with the best Kerala tour packages from Chennai .

Escape from the heat waves of Chennai and cool your heels in this cool countryside with a hell lot of lakes, lagoons and stretching coastline complete with exotic beaches and clear blue waters. You will always cherish the time spend here because of the cool climate and refreshing views of the meadows and hillocks along with gurgling rivers and swift waterfalls. All this packed in one short and cheap Kerala tour packages from Chennai that you have wisely chosen. We have a variety of such Kerala tour packages rolled up our sleeves.

Kerala caters to the varied tastes of the tourists with the same fervor, even though you may want to experience all the wonders of this beautiful land in Kerala tour packages from Chennai with price that does not put a hole in your pocket. Visit exciting Kerala tourist destinations  with us.

By air: Reach CIAL with tickets starting from 2500 and proceed to the destination by taxi

By train : You can alight at Ernakulam Junction Railway Station with sleeper class tickets starting at 600 and proceed by taxi from there.

Kerala Honeymoon packages from Chennai

WONDERFUL KERALA HONEYMOON PACKAGES FROM CHENNAI TO CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE

You just got married and the romance is still in the air. You have to get to know Kerala as a wonderland of bliss as we arrange the most exciting honeymoon packages from Chennai to Kerala .

With its vast expanse of lush greenery and the clear blue skies Kerala awaits the most exuberant experience for nature lovers. If you want to spend time on the silver beaches, there are loads of them and your cheap honeymoon packages from Chennai to Kerala is just what you have to choose from. Check out all our Kerala honeymoon packages .

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Munnar (2 Nights), Thekkady (1 Night), Alleppey (1 Night) Honeymoon Trip

Starting from  ₹ 24,500 Per Couple

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Price: ₹ 49,000  Per Couple

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Athirapally 1 N, Cochin 2 N, Munnar 2 N,Thekkady 1 N, Alleppey 1 N, Kumarakom 1 N, Kovalam 1 N,  Honeymoon Package

Starting @ ₹56,000 Per Couple

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EXCITING OFFERS FOR YOUR KERALA FAMILY TOUR PACKAGES FROM CHENNAI THIS SEASON

When you have little kids waiting for a wonderful trip all you have to do is take them on family tour packages from Chennai to Kerala as they will thoroughly enjoy the nature and adventures in Kerala. This why everyone prefers to lavish their time in the backwaters of Kerala and the sea shores which offer quite a few good water sport activities for your family. Enjoy the cool placid waters of Kerala from the best tour company and you can be sure, you have the best Kerala tour packages for family from Chennai .

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GET YOUR FRIENDS READY FOR KERALA GROUP TOUR PACKAGES FROM CHENNAI AND ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Travelling with your best mates is an experience in itself and there is nothing else but group tour packages from Chennai to Kerala that gives you a wonderful taste of the South. This is exactly why we organize the best tours for you and your friends.

Go trekking on the mountains of Munnar or scuba diving off the sea of Kovalam and you will have firsthand experience of adventure. This is the best season for Kerala group tours Chennai Tamil Nadu that you can enjoy all along the way from the start to finish. So get ready and start tripping.

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Monish Singh Ahluwalia & Babita

Our honeymoon was one of the best and we enjoyed every scenic view. The stay in the hotel was simply superb with delicious South Indian food. The spices were at the right levels and of course we enjoyed the little getaway from usual Punjabi cuisine. Looking forward to more trips down south and we will surely recommend Kerala to our best buddies out there.

Ramanatha Iyengar

What more to find than those luxurious winter cottages perched on top of the hills of Munnar and those breathtaking views from the boat. My mind is poetic even after returning from the trip. This in itself explains how romantic this place is. Ideal for families and couples alike we loved the place to its core. Looking forward to many more trips and wishing the best to everyone behind this huge effort to make us comfortable in this paradise on earth. A true heavenly abode so close to our home. Expecting more in future.

Neeta Kumar

The trip was simply awesome. Thanks to the tour operator, we loved every bit of it.

Krishnan Menon

Being a native, I wasn’t much excited when my kids suggested a trip, but then it was something wonderful and we loved the stay and the food. It was a home away from home feeling.

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Welcome to God’s Own Country, Kerala, a mesmerizing land of diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable experiences. With its lush green hills, pristine beaches, tranquil backwaters, and vibrant festivals, Kerala offers a unique and fascinating journey for every traveller. Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon, a rejuvenating getaway, or a fun-filled family vacation, explore our comprehensive guide to the top 47 places to visit in Kerala. Embrace the essence of this enchanting paradise as you discover its hidden gems and popular attractions.

Munnar

A breathtaking hill station in Kerala, Munnar is an idyllic retreat nestled amid the rolling hills of the Western Ghats. With its vast expanses of tea plantations, winding roads, and picturesque valleys, Munnar is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples and nature lovers alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the verdant Eravikulam National Park, where you can spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Mattupetty Dam is also one of the best places to visit in Munnar.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to May
  • Average Budget: ₹3000-₹6000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 110 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 110 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, wildlife
  • Tip: Indulge into adventure activities like hiking, rock climbing, and camping.
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Munnar

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2. Alleppey

Alleppey

Fondly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is renowned for its enchanting backwaters and lush paddy fields. Experience the magic of a houseboat cruise, as you glide through the serene waters, surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of Kerala’s landscape. This is one of the top five places to visit in Kerala with family for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹7500 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 83 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alleppey Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, houseboats, beaches
  • Tip: Make sure to follow the dress codes while visiting the temples.

3. Thekkady

Thekkady

Home to the famous Periyar National Park, Thekkady is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Explore the park’s diverse flora and fauna on a boat safari or a guided trek, and witness the majestic Indian elephants, tigers, and other exotic species in their natural habitat. Thekkady is one of the places to visit in Kerala for 3 days.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport (IXM), 136 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 107 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, national park, spice plantations
  • Tip: Carry an umbrella during monsoon season.

Wayanad

With its lush forests, picturesque waterfalls, and prehistoric caves, Wayanad offers a perfect blend of nature, history, and adventure. Wayanad is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in May. Trek to the mesmerizing Chembra Peak, explore the ancient Edakkal Caves and unwind at the soothing Soochipara Waterfalls.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to May
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 65 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 110 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, waterfalls, caves
  • Tip: Find homestays for a budgeted travel.

Kochi

A melting pot of cultures, Kochi is undoubtedly among the most popular destinations in Kerala. It boasts a rich history and an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Visit the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, the historic Fort Kochi, and the stunning Mattancherry Palace. This bustling city is one of the top places to visit in Kerala, offering a glimpse into the state’s colonial past and vibrant contemporary culture.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Average Budget: ₹3000-₹7000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 30 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Historical sites, colonial architecture, cultural experiences
  • Tip: Definitely try the seafood in Kochi, it is exceptional.
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kochi

6. Kumarakom

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Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a tranquil backwater destination, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a luxurious stay at a resort, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, and visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to spot various migratory birds. Kumarakom is truly one of the most unique places to visit in Kerala. 

  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹8000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 85 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 16 km
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, bird sanctuary, Ayurveda
  • Tip: Try out the freshwater fish fry on a houseboat.

Kovalam

Renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Kovalam is a popular beach destination in Kerala. Soak up the sun at the crescent-shaped Lighthouse Beach or unwind at the more secluded Samudra Beach. This is an ideal destination for families and couples alike.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 15 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 16 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, lighthouse, water sports
  • Tip: Don’t forget to carry cotton clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.
  • Accommodation: Hotels near Kovalam

Varkala

Another beautiful coastal gem, Varkala offers stunning cliffs, golden sands, and a serene atmosphere. Relax on Papanasam Beach, experience the healing properties of the mineral springs, or explore the ancient Janardana Swami Temple. Varkala is highly regarded as one of the most famous places in Kerala to visit.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 45 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varkala Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, cliffs, temples
  • Tip: Attend meditation and yoga classes.

9. Athirapally

Athirapally

Athirapally

Home to the magnificent Athirapally Waterfalls, this destination is a true paradise for nature lovers. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of the water cascading down from a height of 80 feet, and explore the lush forests surrounding the falls.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to January
  • Average Budget: ₹2500-₹5000 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 40 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Chalakudy Railway Station, 30 km
  • Best Known For: Waterfalls, forests, scenic beauty

10. Thrissur

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Often referred to as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is known for its vibrant festivals, traditional art forms, and stunning architecture. Visit the sacred Vadakkunnathan Temple, witness the grand spectacle of Thrissur Pooram, and explore the Kerala Kalamandalam to experience the state’s rich cultural heritage. Thrissur is one of the top 10 places to visit in Kerala.

  • Average Budget: ₹2500-₹5500 per person per day
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 50 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, festivals, culture
  • Tip: If you are visiting in April then witness the spectacular Thrissur Pooram.

A hidden gem in Kerala, Bekal is known for its beautiful beaches and historic Bekal Fort, which offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea. This tranquil destination is perfect for a relaxing beach getaway, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport (IXE), 72 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Bekal Fort Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, Bekal Fort, serene atmosphere
  • Tip: Enjoy bamboo rafting on the backwaters.

Idukki

A picturesque hill station in Kerala, Idukki boasts lush green valleys, misty hills, and mesmerising waterfalls. Visit the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, trek through the verdant forests, or marvel at the engineering marvel of the Idukki Arch Dam. Idukki is one of the amazing tourist places to visit in Kerala in January.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 98 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 114 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, wildlife, dam

Malanda Duryodhana Temple, Kollam, Kerala

Malanda Duryodhana Temple, Kollam, Kerala

A historic port town, Kollam offers a diverse array of attractions, including serene beaches, picturesque backwaters, and ancient temples. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Ashtamudi Lake or explore the majestic Thangassery Lighthouse for panoramic views of the surroundings. Kollam is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in January.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 66 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, backwaters, lighthouse
  • Tip: Swimming is not allowed at Kollam Beach.

14. Thiruvananthapuram

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is a vibrant blend of history, culture, and modernity. Visit the majestic Padmanabhaswamy Temple, explore the historic Kuthiramalika Palace, or unwind at the scenic Kovalam and Varkala beaches nearby. It is among the most popular cities in Kerala.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, palaces, beaches
  • Tip: Do strictly follow the dress code and the rules while visiting Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram

15. Ponmudi

Ponmudi

 A charming hill station in Kerala, Ponmudi offers a refreshing retreat amidst lush green tea plantations and mist-covered peaks. Enjoy scenic treks, visit the enchanting Golden Valley, or simply relax and unwind amidst the pristine beauty of nature.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to March
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 61 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 55 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, scenic beauty
  • Tip: Avoid visiting during monsoon.

16. Nelliyampathy

This lesser-known hill station in Kerala offers an idyllic escape from the crowds, with its picturesque landscape of misty mountains, dense forests, and sprawling tea and coffee plantations. Explore the stunning Seetharkundu viewpoint, trek through the lush forests, or simply soak in the tranquillity of this unspoiled paradise.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to February
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 112 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 56 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea and coffee plantations, scenic beauty
  • Tip: Enjoy spectacular aerial views from the Seetharkundu Viewpoint.

17. Guruvayur

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A significant pilgrimage center in Kerala, Guruvayur is home to the revered Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, attracting thousands of devotees every year. The town also boasts the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, where you can witness these gentle giants up close.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 87 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, elephant sanctuary, spiritual experiences

18. Kozhikode

Kozhikode

Also known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a vibrant city with a rich cultural and culinary heritage. Kozhikode can turn out to be one of the best places to visit in Kerala in June. Explore the historic Kappad Beach, visit the ancient Thali Temple, and don’t miss the opportunity to savour the delectable local cuisine, including the famous Kozhikode biryani.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 28 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, temples, cuisine
  • Tip: Make sure to carry identity proof with you.

19. Malampuzha

Malampuzha

Nestled in the Palakkad district, Malampuzha offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and man-made attractions. Visit the picturesque Malampuzha Dam, explore the scenic Malampuzha Garden, or take a leisurely boat ride on the serene Malampuzha Reservoir. It’s one of the places to visit in Kerala for 2 days.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 55 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 10 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, gardens, reservoir

Kannur

Known for its pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage, Kannur offers a unique blend of natural beauty and traditional art forms. Visit the historic St. Angelo Fort, witness the vibrant Theyyam ritual performance, or relax on the serene Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Kannur is one of the famous places to visit in Kerala in August.

  • Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport (CNN), 27 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kannur Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Beaches, forts, culture
  • Tip: Wear sunscreen while visiting the beach.

21. Silent Valley National Park

A biodiversity hotspot, Silent Valley National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the rare lion-tailed macaque. Explore the dense evergreen forests, spot exotic wildlife, and enjoy the serenity of this untouched paradise.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 91 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 61 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, biodiversity, forests
  • Tip: There are no accommodations provided inside the park.

22. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

A well-protected ecological hotspot, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve offers a thrilling wildlife experience. Spot the elusive tiger, take a guided safari, or go trekking through the diverse terrain of this beautiful reserve.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Average Budget: ₹3500-₹7000 per person per day
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 98 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, tiger sightings, safaris
  • Tip: Bring your own water and food.

23. Vagamon

Vagamon

A quaint hill station in Kerala, Vagamon is known for its rolling meadows, lush green valleys, and misty hills. Enjoy trekking, paragliding, or simply relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of this scenic destination. Vagamon is also regarded as the best hill station in Kerala by many!

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 64 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, adventure sports, meadows
  • Tip: Don’t forget to carry woollen clothes.

24. Palakkad Fort

Also known as Tipu’s Fort, Palakkad Fort is a historic site that showcases the architectural brilliance of ancient Kerala. Explore the well-preserved fort, marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and immerse yourself in the region’s rich history.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 62 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 5 km
  • Best Known For: Fort, history, architecture
  • Tip: Consider hiring a guide if you are keen on learning the history in detail.

25. Kappil Beach

A serene and less-crowded beach in Kerala, Kappil Beach is an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway. Kappil Beach can be one of the good places to visit in Kerala. Stroll along the golden sands, enjoy a refreshing swim in the Arabian Sea, or simply soak in the tranquillity of this hidden gem.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 49 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varkala Railway Station, 7 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, serenity, relaxation

26. Kuttanad

Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad Backwaters

Known as the “Rice Bowl of Kerala,” Kuttanad is a picturesque region characterized by lush green paddy fields, intricate waterways, and vibrant village life. Cruise along the backwaters, enjoy a traditional meal or visit the local markets to experience the unique charm of Kuttanad.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha Railway Station, 21 km
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, paddy fields, village life
  • Tip: Book the houseboat in advance during peak season.

27. Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Located near Kochi, Cherai Beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand and calm waters, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing beach holiday. Swim, sunbathe, or indulge in water sports, and don’t miss the chance to spot dolphins playing in the sea.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 26 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction Railway Station, 23 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, dolphin sightings, water sports
  • Tip: Carry a swimwear if you plan to indulge in water sports or swimming.

28. Kottayam 

A picturesque town nestled between the Western Ghats and Vembanad Lake, Kottayam is known for its scenic beauty, ancient temples, and vibrant culture. Visit the Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, explore the enchanting Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, or take a leisurely houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Temples, backwaters, bird sanctuary
  • Tip: Take a backwaters cruise at Kumarakom.

29. Munroe Island

A cluster of eight islands, Munroe Island is a hidden gem in Kerala’s backwaters. Enjoy a guided canoe tour, witness the rich biodiversity, or explore the local village life in this tranquil paradise.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 67 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Munroe Island Railway Station
  • Best Known For: Backwaters, canoe tours, village life
  • Tip: Watch Sunrise at Ashtamudi Lake and Sunset at Perumon Railway Bridge.

30. Pathanamthitta 

A culturally rich district in Kerala, Pathanamthitta is home to several ancient temples and vibrant festivals. Visit the revered Sabarimala Temple, witness the thrilling Aranmula Boat Race, or explore the pristine Konni Elephant Reserve.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 111 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvalla Railway Station, 30 km
  • Best Known For: Temples, festivals, Elephant Reserve
  • Tip: Attend the famous snake boat race.

31. Ponnani

 A coastal town with a rich history, Ponnani is known for its serene beaches, ancient mosques, and vibrant culture. Stroll along Ponnani Beach, visit the historic Ponnani Juma Masjid, or explore the local markets for a taste of the region’s unique charm.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 57 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Tirur Railway Station, 17 km
  • Best Known For: Beaches, mosques, history
  • Tip: Enjoy the sunset by the Ponnani Lighthouse.

32. Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam

 A popular tourist spot in Munnar, the Mattupetty Dam offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the reservoir, have a picnic with your loved ones, or simply soak in the picturesque scenery.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 109 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 111 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, scenic views, boating

33. Peechi Dam

An engineering marvel in the Thrissur district, the Peechi Dam is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Go boating, enjoy a picnic, or explore the nearby Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 58 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station, 23 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, wildlife sanctuary, boating
  • Tip: Cameras are not allowed inside.

34. Devikulam 

A picturesque hill station near Munnar, Devikulam is known for its lush green tea plantations, sparkling waterfalls, and sacred Sita Devi Lake. Enjoy trekking, visit the nearby Eravikulam National Park, or simply relax in the cool mountain air.

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (COK), 111 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station, 113 km
  • Best Known For: Hill station, tea plantations, waterfalls
  • Tip: Relish the local delicacies.

35. Kalpetta 

Kalpetta

The gateway to Wayanad, Kalpetta is a bustling town surrounded by picturesque hills and lush forests. Explore the nearby attractions like the Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, and Soochipara Waterfalls, or immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 72 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 73 km
  • Best Known For: Scenery, adventure, local culture
  • Tip: Trekking and camping at Chembra Peak are among the famous activities in Kalpetta.

36. Meenmutty Waterfalls

A spectacular three-tiered waterfall near Wayanad, Meenmutty Waterfalls is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trek through the dense forests to reach the falls, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 95 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 97 km
  • Best Known For: Waterfalls, trekking, nature
  • Tip: Be cautious of wet rocks and fast currents.

37. Banasura Sagar Dam

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The largest earthen dam in India, Banasura Sagar Dam is a popular tourist attraction in Wayanad. Enjoy a boat ride on the reservoir, trek to the nearby Banasura Hill, or simply soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in May.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 99 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 102 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, scenic views, trekking
  • Tip: The top of the dam provides a magnificent view.

38. Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in India, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, including tigers, lions, and leopards. Explore the lush botanical garden, visit the on-site museum, or attend a wildlife conservation program at this popular family attraction.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 6 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, 2 km
  • Best Known For: Zoo, wildlife, botanical garden
  • Tip: Carry a hat, sunscreen, and water.

39. Padmanabhapuram Palace

A magnificent wooden palace in Thuckalay, Padmanabhapuram Palace showcases the architectural brilliance and rich history of the Travancore Kingdom. Marvel at the intricate wood carvings, explore the well-preserved museum or stroll through the beautiful palace grounds.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 52 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kanyakumari Railway Station, 33 km
  • Best Known For: Palace, architecture, history
  • Tip: Do not touch anything as you explore the fort and do not litter.

40. Kakkayam Dam

 Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Kakkayam Dam is a scenic spot offering stunning views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and forests. Enjoy a picnic with your loved ones, trek through the lush greenery, or simply relax and soak in the serene ambiance.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 66 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 56 km
  • Tip: Enjoy the boating in the reservoir.

41. Thikkoti Lighthouse

A historic lighthouse near Kozhikode, Thikkoti Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding coastline. Climb to the top for a bird’s-eye view, or explore the nearby rocky beach for a peaceful seaside experience. Thikkoti Lighthouse is one of the famous tourist places to visit in Kerala.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 39 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 19 km
  • Best Known For: Lighthouse, views, beach

42. Kuruva Island

A pristine island in the Kabini River, Kuruva Island is a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Explore the dense bamboo groves, spot exotic birds, or enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the serene river. Kuruva Island is one of the most beautiful tourist places to visit in Kerala in May.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 106 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 103 km
  • Best Known For: Island, birdwatching, boating
  • Tip: There are no changing rooms/washrooms on the island.

43. Thalassery Fort

A historic fort in Thalassery, Thalassery Fort showcases the colonial architecture and history of the region. Explore the well-preserved ramparts, visit the nearby churches and mosques, or stroll along the picturesque coastline for a memorable experience.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 96 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thalassery Railway Station, 1 km
  • Tip: Carry some food packages and disposable water bottles.

44. Malampuzha Dam 

A popular tourist attraction in Palakkad, Malampuzha Dam offers a range of recreational activities for visitors. Enjoy boating on the reservoir, explore the beautiful gardens, or marvel at the impressive Yakshi statue by renowned sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman.

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 68 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction Railway Station, 7 km
  • Best Known For: Dam, gardens, boating
  • Tip: Wear comfortable shoes for walking around the gardens and dam area.

45. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Part of the larger Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including elephants, tigers, and leopards Embark on a thrilling jeep safari, explore the lush forests, or attend a wildlife conservation program at this popular wildlife sanctuary. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as one of the best places to visit in Kerala in October.

  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (CCJ), 127 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 118 km
  • Best Known For: Wildlife, jeep safaris, conservation
  • Tip: Consider taking a guided safari to make the most of your visit.

46. Palaruvi Waterfalls

A stunning waterfall near Kollam, Palaruvi Waterfalls is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trek through the dense forests to reach the falls, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base. Palaruvi Waterfalls is also one of the places to visit in Kerala in October.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 82 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station, 35 km
  • Tip: Enjoy a picnic with a spectacular view.

47. Kollam Beach 

A serene beach on the Malabar Coast, Kollam Beach offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stroll along the sandy shore, take a dip in the calm waters, or simply relax and soak in the sunshine amidst the picturesque landscape. It’s one of the most romantic places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 68 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station, 4 km
  • Best Known For: Beach, relaxation, picturesque landscape
  • Tip: Don’t throw any kind of garbage on the beach. Try to keep it clean.

48. Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple 

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the richest temples in India, as there are vaults inside the temple filled with diamond and gold jewellery, idols, and coins. It is believed that the origin of the temple is more than 5,000 years ago and it is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. There is a strict dress code for men and women to be followed before entering the temple.

  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Timings: 3:30 am to 4:45 am and 6:30 pm to 7:20 pm
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 4 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, 600 m
  • Tip: Photography is prohibited in the temple complex.
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Trivandrum

49. Periyar National Park 

Periyar National Park is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Take a leisurely boat ride on Periyar Lake, where you can spot elephants, deer, and exotic bird species in their natural habitat. You can also embark on a thrilling trek through the park to enjoy the beauty of nature to rejuvenate your soul.

  • Best time to visit: September to June
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 155 (Indians) and INR 450 (Foreigners)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, 150 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station, 97 km
  • Best Known for: Safari, boating, nature walks
  • Tip: Carry mosquito repellent lotion when going for the safari.

50 . Mararikulam 

Mararikulam is a coastal village in Kerala with a gentle rhythm of village life. You can watch fishermen casting their nets, boat ride through the picturesque backwaters surrounded by lush greenery and exotic birdlife. Indulge in the local cuisine, savouring the flavours of fresh seafood and aromatic spices.

  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, 90 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alleppey Railway Station, 12 km
  • Best known for: Boat rides, cuisine, sunset
  • Tip: Rent a tent at this beach at very nominal charges.

Kerala is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich culture, and diverse experiences. With its serene backwaters, lush hill stations, golden sandy beaches, and incredible wildlife, Kerala offers something for every traveller. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway, the enchanting destinations in Kerala will leave you with unforgettable memories. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the best of what God’s Own Country has to offer!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the best places to visit in Kerala for couples?

A. Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom, Wayanad, and Varkala are some of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples.

Q. Which are the best hill stations in Kerala?

A. Some of the best hill stations in Kerala are Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, and Ponmudi.

Q. What are the must-visit places in Kerala?

A. Must-visit places in Kerala include Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, and Fort Kochi.

Q. When is the best time to visit Kerala?

A. The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March when the weather is cool and pleasant.

Q. Which are the best places to visit in Kerala in December?

A. Some of the best places to visit in Kerala in December include Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, and Fort Kochi.

Q. What are the top 10 places to visit in Kerala?

A. The top 10 places to visit in Kerala are Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Fort Kochi, Kumarakom, Wayanad, Varkala, Bekal, and Athirappilly.

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Getting recognized as the “Destination To Watch In 2017” by the Association of British Travel Agents has added yet another feather to the cap of Kerala Tourism. Despite receiving many such accolades, there’s still a lot more to Kerala than what meets the eye.

Kerala is a great place to visit and if you’re interested in a Kerala trip plan for 4 days during Covid, then the below options will surely come in handy. With effective precautions in place, it will be quite easy for visiting all parts of this state even during the Covid-19 spread.

Having said that, here’s a detailed guide on how to spend the best of 4 days in Kerala. This guide will further enable every traveler to capture the essence of Kerala destinations through some enticing and tailor-made Kerala tour packages. And with TravelTriangle by your side, you can also customize your own trip to Kerala under a suitable budget.

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Image Source To be able to explore the best tourist places in Kerala, an ideal duration of 4 days in Kerala would work wonders. To enjoy a delightful family trip to Kerala, duration can be stretched up to 8 days and 7 nights. But to be on safer side, an extended stay of 5 days and 4 nights will easily accommodate the must things to do in Kerala, best places to visit and famous adventure activities in Kerala. Similarly for honeymooners, relaxed Kerala honeymoon packages could be of 5 days and 4 nights too. In fact, if you’re even taking a Bangalore to Kerala trip, 4 days will be enough for exploring this place.

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Being a perfect blend of mountainous highlands and Kerala backwaters, God’s own country enjoys a heavenly tropical climate owing to its equatorial location. The hilly areas remain cool whereas the coastal regions remain humid for most of the months.

  • Summer: February to May – The average temperature ranges between 32 degrees to 36 degrees.
  • South West Monsoon: June to September – The average temperature is falls between 19 degrees to 30 degrees.
  • North East Monsoon: October to November – The average temperature may rise from 29 degrees to 35 degrees.
  • Winter: December to January – The average temperature fluctuates from 18 degrees to 28 degrees.

Best Time To Visit Kerala

Winters and summers are the best season to visit Kerala that allow travelers to explore all the places at ease. This makes the months from November through May the peak season and the best time to visit Kerala.

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Keeping the type of accommodation, meals, local transfers, sightseeing and miscellaneous expends in mind, an average budget per day per person would be –

Average budget per day per person Kerala

Accommodation Including Taxes: INR 2500/3000/5000 Local Transfers: INR 1500 3 Meals: INR 1800 Sightseeing: INR 700 Miscellaneous: INR 1000 Average Spend Per Day: INR 6250/6500/7500

Please Note:

  • Modes of transport is not included as one can reach Kerala via flight, train or bus as per their budget and proximity.
  • Accommodation charges are based on double sharing for 3 stars, 4 stars and 5 stars respectively.
  • For Houseboats, prices depend on the size of the houseboats and vary from INR 7000 (sharing basis) to 10,000 (individual basis).
  • Since alcohol is banned in Kerala (in most parts), Toddy the locally made palm wine serves as an alternative at a cost of INR 50 per 750 ml.

Where To Stay In Kerala

Fidn the best accommodation options in this state for all types of travelers and budgets. Pick from a range of popular and comfortable resorts and hotels.

1. Aveda Resorts And Spa, Kumarakom

Aveda resort in kumarakom

Want to make your 4 days trip to Kerala a delightful affair? Stay at the opulent and mesmerizing Aveda Resorts And Spa set amidst surreal surroundings. The resort is known for its exceptional hospitality and quick service other than the awesome food and great views. All in all, it’ll provide the best experience of touring this state.

Address: V/240 A, Ammankari Road, Kumarakom Village, Kottayam Price/Night: INR 10,000 (double sharing including taxes) Ratings: 4.4/5 Stars How To Reach: 2 hours drive from the Cochin International Airport and Kottayam is the nearest railway head & bus terminal that is 14 kilometers away from the resort. Website | Reviews

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2. The Fragrant Nature, Kochi

fragrant nature resort in kochi

Surrounded by nature’s bounty, this makes for a great option if you’re looking for a peaceful and natural place to stay. Located at a convenient location from all major tourist spots, a stay here will make your Kerala trip for 4 days hassle-free and memorable.

Address: Near SBI Calvathy, Calvathy Bazaar Road, Kochi Price/Night: INR 14,000 (double sharing including taxes) Ratings: 4.5/5 Stars How To Reach: 26 kilometers away from the Cochin International Airport. Website | Reviews

3. The Leaf Munnar

the leaf resort in Munnar

Owing to its convenient location, everything is just a stone’s throw away from this lovable hotel. Other than the commendable services, in-hotel amenities, friendly behavior of the staff, delectable food, and stupendous views, you’ll be treated to utter luxury and comfort at this mini pararide in Kerala.

Address: Chithirapuram PO, Anachal, Amakandam, Munnar Price/Night: INR 5,500 to 17,000 (double sharing including taxes) Ratings: 4.7/5 Stars How To Reach: 3 hours away from the Cochin International Airport. Website | Reviews

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Where To Eat In Kerala

Wondering where to try the delicious cuisine of Kerala during your 4-day escapade? Well, we’ve got you a range of options to fit your preferences and budget constraints.

1. The Cuisine, Villa Maya, Trivandrum

Villa Maya restaurant in Trivandrum

Image Source More than being a restaurant, dining at Villa Maya an 18th century Dutch manor is a complete experience in itself.

Address: 120, Airport Road, Enjakkal, Trivandrum Timings: 11 am to 11 pm Ratings: 4.5/5 Stars What To Eat: Stuffed crab with lobster butter Meal For Two: INR 1500 Average Time Spent: 2 to 2.5 hours Tip: Payments can be done by cash as well as cards. Website | Reviews

2. Bait Seafood Restaurant, Kovalam

Bait Restaurant by Taj Vivanta Kerala

Overlooking Arabian Sea and specializing in seafood, this open air Taj property serves authentic global flavors and serves fresh delicacies from the sea as soon as they’re caught.

Address: GV Raja, Vattappara Road, Vivanta by Taj, Green Cove, Kovalam Timings: Lunch: 12: 30 pm to 15: 00 pm & Dinner: 19:30 pm to 22: 30 pm Ratings: 4.5/5 Stars What To Eat: Hot stone grilled jumbo prawns & Pink pepper prawn curry Meal For Two: INR 1250 Average Time Spent: 2.5 to 3 hours Tip: Let the chef know your taste and enjoy customized dining. Website | Reviews

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3. Memories Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Alappuzha

Memories Restaurant in Alapuzzha

Image Source Redefining dining style, enjoy multi-cuisine delicacies in little pagodas by the pond at Memories Restaurant.

Address: AC Road, Pallikuttumma Bridge, Ramankary, Alappuzha Timings: 9 am to 10 pm Ratings: 4.2/5 Stars What To Eat: Try Kuttanadan Duck Roast Meal For Two: INR 1000 Average Time Spent: 1.5 to 2 hours Tip: You can also make reservations online. The place is best suited for a romantic dinner date. Website | Reviews

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Kerala In 4 Days: Places To Visit

Scroll down and find the best cities to visit in Kerala and the top tourist attractions that await you there. You can include these places in your Kerala itinerary 4 days or more depending on your travel plan.

1. Alleppey

Alleppey beach in Kerala

For years Alleppey has topped the charts when it comes to Kerala destinations because it offers an experience so tranquil that a traveler cannot find it anywhere else in the world due to its bustling backwaters.

Places To Visit: Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Top Things To Do: Bird watching, Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and explore Kuttanadu along the backwaters Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is just 53 kilometers away Average Time Spent: 1 Day

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Munnar hills from the top

Image Source Lush green hills, the aroma of tea plantations in the air and the low flying clouds pretty much paint the beautiful picture of Munnar which is also one of the best honeymoon getaways in Kerala. Munnar is definitely one of the best places to include in your Kerala tour itinerary.

Places To Visit: Pothamedu ViewPoint, TATA Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam and Eravikulam National Park Top Things To Do: Trek to the Top Station, Walk through the tea gardens, Watch a traditional Kathakali performance, Go fishing in Devikulam Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is just 143 kilometers away Average Time Spent: 1 Day

lighthouse beach in Kovalam

If you are looking for tourist places in Kerala for 4 days, Kovalam is your best pick. A tiny quaint town at the beachside near Trivandrum, Kovalam is known for one of the best beaches that are separated by rock formations.

Places To Visit: Lighthouse Beach, Akkulam Lake, Vellayani Lake and Valiathura Pier Top Things To Do: Relish breakfast at the German Bakery, Enjoy surfing at Kovalam Surf Club, Go Snorkeling Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport is just 15 kilometers away Average Time Spent: 1 Day

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Kerala In 4 Days: Top Things To Do

Kerala is known to have some of the most amazing and thrilling activities that travelers love to engage in. Find the best ones right here according to your type of trip and preferences.

1. Paragliding In Kerala

Paragliding in Kerala

In a bid to promote outdoor adventure in Kerala other than Ayurveda and backwaters, Kerala tourism has encouraged travelers to experience the thrills of paragliding.

Locations: Vagamon and Varkala Best Time: September to January Tip: Must attend the Paragliding Grand Prix every year in September at Vagamon

2. Periyar National Park, Thekkady

Periyar National Park in kerala

Image Source For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Periyar National Park serves as a haven of tiger reserves and is also among the top rated Kerala tourist places. Rich in nature and adventure, visiting this hidden treasure is a must thing to do in Kerala.

Entry Fee: INR 25 for Indians and INR 300 for foreigners Timings: 6 am to 8 pm Best Time: November to March Activities: Sightseeing, Boating, Bamboo Rafting, Camping, etc. Tips:

  • Charges of INR 150 for everyone above 11 years and INR 50 for kids below 11 years are applicable for boating.
  • Night safari that happens after 8 pm is a must experience.

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3. Tree House Stay In Wayanad

Tree house in Wayanad kerala

Much famed for its spice plantations, Wayanad is truly a nature’s abode amongst the serene places in Kerala. Moreover, Wayanad is best experienced while staying in a tree house with exquisite Vythiri-Kerala holiday package.

Best Time: October to May Tip: Carry a torch with extra pair of batteries for local sightseeing such as Edakkal Caves and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kerala In 4 Days: Must Experiences

You cannot return from your 4-day Kerala trip without engaging in these delightful experiences there. See which ones they are and take your pick:

1. Backwater Cruise In A Houseboat

Backwater Cruising In a Houseboat Kerala

Image Source The sparkling and crystal clear backwaters form the heart of Kerala that gives life to all the Kerala trips. Cruise through the waters of the Arabian Sea while you soak in the natural beauty of green palms and exotic coconut trees.

Locations: Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kasargod Best Time: June to March Operators: ATDC Alleppey , The Houseboat Kerala , Alappuzha Houseboats Cost: For Houseboats, prices depend on the size of the houseboats and vary from INR 7000 (sharing basis) to 10,000 (individual basis) and onwards. Tips:

  • Make sure you carry a mosquito repellent as backwaters are home to mosquitoes as well.
  • To break the language barrier, request for a English/Hindi speaking guide and caretaker.

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2. Ayurvedic Massage And Treatments

Ayurvedic massages in Kerala

After backwaters, Ayurveda is the most prominent quality to which Kerala and its tourism has been associated to. Carrying forth the unsurpassed traditions, Kerala Ayurveda is a lifestyle in itself that promotes harmony of body, mind and soul.

3. Snake Boat Race

Nehru Snake boat race in kerala

Image Source This is one event which is not only famous in India but also across the world. Accommodating about 100 rowers at an average in a boat, snake boat races are not-to-be-missed sights when in Kerala. The most famous one is that of the Nehru Boat Race which is held in Alleppey.

Other Boat Races: Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (Alappuzha), Payippad Jalotsavam (Payippad Lake) and Vallam Kali (Punnamada Lake). Duration: July to September How To Reach: Trivandrum International Airport is 150 kilometers away whereas Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest rail head.

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Best Things To Buy In Kerala

Buy Spices in Kerala

From sarees to spices, shopping in Kerala is incomplete without these special souvenirs.

1. Kerala Sarees: Kerala kasavu sarees have now become the standard souvenir by default as they’re attractive and much loved by women. 2. Spices: Kerala has always been famous for its rich and exotic spices that also helped in establishing many trade centers in Kerala. 3. Coir Products & Handicrafts: Locally made coir and cane products along with brass works, ivory works and sandalwood carvings can be best bought at Government stores and centers. 4. Nettipattam: Crafted out of gold and copper, Nettipattam is the the shining ornament that is worn on elephant’s forehead. 5. Traditional Lamps: The “Nilavilakku” or the traditional lamps are most sought souvenirs that are lit during all the auspicious occasions.

Basic Malayalam For Travelers

Learning few terms in a foreign language is as cool as getting familiar with one of our own. Every traveler must know a few common terms in the local language before visiting the respective place and it is the same with Malayalam in Kerala too.

  • Hello: Namaskaram
  • Glad to meet you: Kandathil Santhosham
  • Thank you: Upakaram OR Nandri

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Things To Remember

Kathakali Dance

  • Keep this guide handy.
  • Remember that alcohol is banned in most of the parts in Kerala.
  • Most of the shops accept debit or credit cards in Kerala so keep limited amount of cash while traveling.
  • With all due respect to all the religions, enquire well before entering a temple in Kerala as some of the temples are open only to Hindus.

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Frequently Asked Questions About 4 Days In Kerala

Even during the spread of coronavirus, will it be safe to visit this place?

Yes, Kerala has recovered and people have taken the virus and it’s effects quite seriously here. People from all over the world are not allowed here till effective vaccination is introduced, however, people of India, specifically from the neighboring states can come here anytime.

What is Kerala famous for?

Kerala is mainly famous for its backwaters and houseboats rides. People from all over India, as well as the world, go to Kerala to have a relaxing getaway and spend at least 4 days in Kerala.

Is Kerala a state?

Yes, Kerala is one of the states of India which is situated in the south part of the country.

Is Kerala safe to visit?

Being one of the safest destinations in India, Kerala tops the list of tourist places in India.

Which city is the best in Kerala?

One cannot name one best city as there are many beautiful cities to explore in Kerala. Some of these are Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram.

What can I buy in Kerala?

Some of the best things to buy in Kerala are banana chips, handmade jewelry, coconut products, Kathakali masks, and handicrafts.

What is the favorite food of Kerala?

Appam is the most famous food in Kerala along with dosa, rasam, idli, and sambhar. Appam is a combination of vegetables that is served with different kinds of curries.

Do people speak English in Kerala?

Both English and Malayalam are taught in the schools and Kerala has been declared as the first state with a 100% literacy level. So, there will be no issues with the English language.

Which month is best to visit Kerala?

September to March marks the best time to visit Kerala. Whether planning a vacation with friends, family or alone, make sure that you consider these months.

What is the climate in Kerala?

The temperature in Kerala ranges from 17 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. But the temperature dips down in the winter season.

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Beautiful Road Trips in Kerala and Beyond

Whether you are living in the state of Kerala, or just visiting the “God’s Own Country”, you are bound to be mesmerized by the magical beauty of this state. The gorgeous backwaters of Kerala are famous all over the world but there are many more tourist destinations that can be covered through the best road trips to take in Kerala. If you too would like to go on these road trips, here are some of the most popular ones that you might consider.

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  • Thekkady to Munnar
  • Alappuzha to Changanassery
  • Kozhikode to Wayanad
  • Kottayam to Vagamon
  • Chalakudy to Valparai
  • Munnar to Marayoor
  • Devikulam to Munnar
  • Ernakulam to Kannur
  • Kochi to Kanyakumari
  • Kerala to Bangalore
  • Kerala to Mumbai

1. Thekkady to Munnar

Thekkady to Munnar

The lush green tea plantations and fresh air all though the drive from Thekkady to Munnar will make your road trip one of a kind. You will come across Periyar National Park where you can stop by. There are chances that you may even spot Niligiri Tahr at the National Park. You can stay at any resort in Munnar and try some of the delicious local cuisines there.

Distance from Thekkady to Munnar: 85.4 km

2. Alappuzha to Changanassery

Alappuzha to Changanassery

Alappuzha to Changanassery is one of the best road trips that you can have. On both the sides of the road you will see green paddy fields. The road is well-maintained and less crowded. While taking this road trip, you will pass through Kuttanad, a place that is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala. Kuttanad is known across the world for the cultivation of rice done below the sea level.

Distance from Alappuzha to Changanassery: 28.4 km

3. Kozhikode to Wayanad

Kozhikode to Wayanad

The road trip from Kozhikode to Wayanad is one Kerala road trip that you will love thoroughly. The condition of the road is good, and you can drive even during the monsoons. To avoid traffic, you can start a bit early in the morning.

Distance from Kozhikode to Wayanad: 86.7 km

4. Kottayam to Vagamon

Kottayam to Vagamon

There are some of the most scenic road trip routes in Kerala ; and one of them is from Kottayam to Vagamon. It is only a couple of hours drive, and filled with sloping roads and verdant greenery. The fresh air touching your face will take you to a different world. If you start early in the morning, you can also see the first beam of sunlight.

Distance from Kottayam to Vagamon: 63.8 km

5. Chalakudy to Valparai

Chalakudy to Valparai

Chalakudy to Valparai road trip will keep you very close to nature. From forests on both sides of the road to tea plantations, from waterfalls to various viewpoints, there are so many things that you will come across in this trip. However, it is always suggested that you take this road trip in the day hours since you may witness herd of elephants on the road.

Distance from Chalakudy to Valparai: 107.6 km

6. Munnar to Marayoor

Munnar to Marayoor

You will certainly enjoy throughout the Munnar to Marayoor road trip. Marayoor is a peaceful place which is no less than a heaven for the tourists. While driving from Munnar to Marayoor, you will come across lush greenery and sandalwood trees. The road passes through Eravikulam National Park; therefore, you would need to get permission from the forest department before travelling through this route. You will also pass through a viewpoint in this route. The views of Munnar valley and Lakkam waterfall look absolutely spectacular from this viewpoint.

Distance from Munnar to Marayoor: 39.5 k

7. Devikulam to Munnar

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Devikulam to Munnar is perhaps the shortest road trip you can have but the experience is going to be unforgettable. The road through the Western Ghats has tea plantations on both its sides. The tea estates are mostly covered with fog, and looks like a dream. To enjoy the best of your journey, you can take this road trip between September and February.

Distance from Devikulam to Munnar: 11.3 km

8. Ernakulam to Kannur

Ernakulam to Kannur

The road trip of Ernakulam to Kannur can be a little long one. However, there are various tourist attractions that you can explore on the way. A few of the attractions include Muzhappilangad Beach, Bekal Fort, and Tellichery Fort.

Distance from Ernakulam to Kannur: 267.3 km

9. Kochi to Kanyakumari

Kochi to Kanyakumari

A road trip from Kochi to Kanyakumari is one of a kind. The journey through this coastal range will surely be blissful for you. Upon reaching Kanyakumari, you will be able to take tour of several attractions such as Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Padmanabhapuram palace, Sunset point, and many more.

Distance from Kochi to Kanyakumari: 298.4 km

10. Kerala to Bangalore

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The road trip from Kerala to Bangalore can be long but will be full of excitement. On your way to Bangalore from God’s Own Country, you will come across beautiful vistas. From waterfalls to tea estates, from verdant mountains to beaches, there are so many things to see in this journey.

Distance from Kerala to Bangalore: 367.4 km

11. Kerala to Mumbai

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The Kerala to Mumbai road trip can be very long, and may go up to 24 hours or more to reach the beautiful city of Mumbai. While you are passing through various landscapes, you can take a break in Mangalore, Goa, and many such places. However, stopping by these places will add more hours to the trip.

Distance from Kerala to Mumbai: 1,232 km

Kerala has an effect on people, which lasts a long time. The road trips which can lead you from aromatic spice gardens to sandy beaches can make you fall for this mesmerizing place. You can take all India road trip from Kerala, and can use the Revv car rental services which can put you in total control of your trip and free you from the mercy of the taxis.

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1. Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary

Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary

0 km from city center 1 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Located 10km away from Vagamon, Ulipooni makes up for a perfect picnic spot. It is away from the noisy crowd of the city, you might spot couples boating here.

2. Vagamon Meadows

Vagamon Meadows

2 km from city center 2 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

The lush green grassland of Vagamon, just being there, surrounded by the hills of Vagamon, greenery, cool breeze which will take away your worries and stress as they blow by you.

3. Pine Hill

Pine Hill

4 km from city center 3 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

This place has nothing for you to see but a lot to feel. 'Walking into the woods' is a popular English phrase and going to the Pine Hills, you will actually walk into the woods.

4. Kurisumala

Kurisumala

2 km from city center 4 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

A popular Christian pilgrimage, it is flocked by followers specially during the Good Friday week. Its followers come from various part of the country to climb up the hills with wooden crosses. Kurisumala is one of the most popular tourist spots in Vagamon.

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Vagamon Falls

2 km from city center 5 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Amidst dense vegetation and beautiful surroundings, Vagamon Falls is a famous picnic spot. The sight of the waterfall gushing down the slopes is a treat to the eyes and the scenic beauty a paradise for photographers. The waterfall is also called Palaruvi and is a perfect attraction for nature lovers.

6. Kurisumala Ashram

Kurisumala Ashram

2 km from city center 6 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

In the heart of the Sahya mountain range, this is another spot which makes up for a must see when in Vagamon. It is a monastery for the Christians who preach Christianity but also believe in Hindu spirituality.

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7. Thangalpara

Thangalpara

2 km from city center 7 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Situated 2500 metres above sea level, Thangalpara is a scenic attraction. It has a spherical rock formation which is quite unique and has some spiritual significance in the region. A Sufi Saint, Sheikh Fariduddin, is also believed to have lived on the hill till he died about 8 centuries ago. The stone is believed to be used by the saint. After his death, the stone grew in size. The tomb of the saint is located just next to this unique stone.

8. Barren Hills

Barren Hills

6 km from city center 8 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Barren Hills is a famous attraction with vast stretches of lush green meadows and is a treat to the eyes. The sunset view that it offers draws people in large numbers. Because of its terrain, the hills are famous for trekking, paragliding and rock climbing, making it a perfect attraction for adventure seekers.

9. Murugan Mala

Murugan Mala

2 km from city center 9 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Murugn Mala is a scenic hill in the region famous for a splendid rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. The atmosphere is often divine and the attraction helps one get closer to nature. The scenic terrain makes it an apt location for nature walks and sightseeing.

10. Maramala Waterfalls

Maramala Waterfalls

7 km from city center 10 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Situated amidst dense vegetation, Maramala Waterfalls is a breathtaking natural water body that cascades from a height of 60 metres. It is situated in the Teekoy Rubber Estate amidst dense rubber plantations that make the attraction a suitable escape for nature lovers.

11. Mundakayam Ghat

Mundakayam Ghat

17 km from city center 11 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Mundakayam Ghat is a ghat passing through a mesmerizing terrain in the region. It is famous for bird watching and nature walks. One can get a beautiful top view of the scenic location as well. The terrain also makes the ghat an apt location for paragliding.

12. Vagamon Pine Forest

Vagamon Pine Forest

4 km from city center 12 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Vagamon Pine Forest is a region with acres occupied by magnificent Pine trees thriving in the environment on steep slopes which is very unique to the region. Seldom crowded, the attraction is pollution free and can enliven one and all. It is, therefore, an apt place for long tranquil nature walks and photography.

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13. Pattumala Church

Pattumala Church

19 km from city center 13 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Pattumalai Church, a marvellous Roman Catholic Latin Rite Church, was designed by J P Bright. The architectural beauty of the structure amidst lush green tea plantations is a visual treat. In fact, the name ÐPattumalaiÓ, meaning a hill covered with silk, is an apt description of the attraction which is situated on an elevation and offers a splendid view of the plantations down the slope.

14. Idukki Dam

Idukki Dam

19 km from city center 14 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Idukki Arch Dam, an engineering marvel, is located in the located in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is an arch dam with double curvature and is built on River Periyar. Precisely, the dam is constructed in a gorge between two hills, Kuravathi and Kuravan. It is at the height of about 550 feet and is a breathtaking sight in the otherwise rugged terrain along which has been built. With this height, it is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. Because of its massive size, the dam can be seen from quite some distance and the sight of the structure in between the granite hills is breathtaking. The surrounding is lush green, and the reservoir serves as a quick getaway for locals. As part of promoting hydel tourism, boating in the reservoir is open for tourists.

15. Marmala Waterfalls

Marmala Waterfalls

7 km from city center 15 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Located at a distance of few kms from Erattupetta in Kottayam inside a private rubber estate, Marmala Waterfalls are popularly known as the ‘enchantress of the jungle’. Plummeting from a height of 200 feet, the unblemished clear waters create an aura of mist around them. The tantalising waterfalls splash into a 12 feet pond and run down to join the river Teekoy. Replete with timber trees on the green-carpeted mountains, the clear cascading waters offer a sight like no other. Slightly veiled amidst thick bushes and blue hills, the location can only be reached by a short trek on the hillside.

16. Vagamon Lake

Vagamon Lake

1 km from city center 16 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

Nestled in between three green hills, Vagamon Lake is a slice of haven tucked in the valley of Vagamon. Boasting of picturesque surroundings and lush greenery, the lake is a popular tourist spot that draws a lot of tourists. Besides, the hills surrounding it boast of glossy green grass carpet which is always blooming with vibrant flowers. Popular for picnics and leisure outings, you can also enjoy boating in the lake. Especially popular among photography enthusiasts and solitude seekers, the region around the lake offers peace and calm like no place else. In addition to that, the lake has been used for shooting purposes and if you are lucky, you might also spot your favourite actors here.

17. Karikadu View Point

Karikadu View Point

2 km from city center 17 out of 17 Places To Visit in Vagamon

On the way to Vagamon, one must take a break to behold the Karikadu View Point if you are travelling through the Erattupetta route. This point is known for its sky-high, lush green valleys and mystic fogs. The road to Vagamon can be seen zig-zagging the hills beyond. A panther statue has been built to add to the aesthetic value of this place.

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A Travel Price Comparison for India Chennai vs. Kerala for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

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Should you visit Chennai or Kerala?

Which is cheaper to visit which is more expensive for vacation.

Should I visit Chennai or Kerala? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Chennai or Kerala?

Formerly known as Madras from its colonial history, Chennai today is one of India's largest cities and capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Bay of Bengal in southeastern India with an extensive stretch of sandy beaches, plenty of dining and shopping, a number of historic temples, monuments, and churches, plus amusement parks and more.

Palm trees, sandy beaches, and vibrant culture. You'll find all of these things in Kerala, India. Located in the south of the country, Kerala is known as one of the top ten paradises in the world. This area is covered in a beautiful, natural ecosystem including backwaters, mountains, coconuts and spices. The heavy, yearlong rains provide lush and gorgeous vegetation, and earn the area a spot on the list of the wettest spots on earth. Kerala is very different from the rest of India. For one, this area is the most literate and diverse area in in the country with churches, mosques, Hindu temples and even synagogues. This states' education and healthcare are far beyond the rest of the country- putting them on par with many Western areas of the world. However, even though this area is incredibly diverse and progressive, do not expect everyone to speak or understand English. The best part is that this area is by far the safest in all of India. There is almost no incidence of tourists being cheated or taken for granted.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to India , The Best Sightseeing Tours in India , The Best Cultural Tours in India , and The Best Food and Culinary Tours in India .

Which place is cheaper, Kerala or Chennai?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

  • Chennai Prices India Prices Kerala Prices India Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day Chennai $ 29 Kerala $ 0.00

The average daily cost (per person) in Chennai is $29, while the average daily cost in Kerala is $0.00. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Chennai and Kerala in more detail.

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  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person Chennai $ 15 Kerala -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room Chennai $ 30 Kerala $ 0.00

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  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc. Chennai $ 2.61 Kerala -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chennai

Also for Chennai, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Affordable Chennai Airport Transfer: $24
  • Bangalore - private departure transfer from Hotel to Airport : $35
  • Chennai - Private Arrival Transfer - From Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Chennai - Private Departure Transfer from Hotel to Airport : $19
  • Chennai Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $15
  • Chennai Airport to Hotel Transfer: $13
  • Chennai International Airport to Hotel-Private Arrival transfer: $25
  • Departure Transfer from Chennai Hotels to Chennai airport: $20
  • Full Day Tour to Kanchipuram and UNESCO's Mahabalipuram with Private Transfer: $246
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai Airport (MAA) to Pondicherry Hotels: $145
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai International Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Transfer from Chennai (MAA) Airport to Chennai City: $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kerala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kerala:

  • Trivandrum to Alleppey Private Transfer: $114
  • Private Transfer: Cochin Airport (COK) to Munnar: $105
  • Private Transfer:Fort Kochi to Munnar: $100
  • Private Transfer from Trivandrum Airport to Varkala Hotel: $70
  • Trivandrum Airport Transfer to Trivandrum Hotels: $47
  • Private Transfer from Kochi (COK) Airport to Kochi City: $42
  • Private Transfer from Kochi City to Kochi (COK) Airport: $42
  • Affordable transfer from Kochi to Munnar: $40
  • Cochin - private departure transfer from hotel to airport: $39
  • Private Transfer from Trivandrum City to Trivandrum (TRV) Airport: $35
  • Private Transfer from Trivandrum (TRV) Airport to Trivandrum City: $35
  • Airport Transfer: Cochin Port Cruise Terminal to Cochin International Airport: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Chennai or Kerala?

Prices for flights to both Kerala and Chennai change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day Chennai $ 6.40 Kerala -

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chennai

For Chennai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 2 Hour Street Food Tour in Sowcarpet Chennai : $37
  • Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai: $46
  • Private Vegetarian South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai : $48
  • South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Passionate Baker: $48
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class in Chennai with Menna: $54
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class Near the Chennai airport: $62
  • Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home: $74
  • Private Authentic Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Local: $76
  • Private 3-Hour Cooking Lesson and Meal in Chennai: $100
  • Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai: $122
  • Food Trail In Sowcarpet With Transport And Dinner - Chennai: $216

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kerala

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kerala.

  • Enjoy the best Food tour in kochi with a local !: $19
  • Private candle light dinner: $22
  • 4-Hour Private Cooking Class in Munnar: $26
  • Cooking classes @ Aryavilla heritage, Varkala: $33
  • Hands-on Authentic Keralite Cooking Class - Learn, Cook, Eat & Enjoy!: $35
  • Get a Glimpse into a Traditional Nair Household during a Private Cooking Class: $45
  • Tyndis Fort Cochin Traditional Culinary Experience - Homely Food Tour in Kochi: $47
  • Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi with Dinner and Hotel Pick Up: $61
  • Traditional Kerala Cooking Class in a Local Home in Kochi: $66
  • Private Cooking Demonstration for Your Group in a Kochi Home: $75
  • Kochi Over View & Kathakali & Dinner.Tour: $75
  • Kathakali Classical Dance Performance with Dinner: $141

Entertainment

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc. Chennai $ 2.77 Kerala -

Tours and Activities in Chennai

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Chennai.

  • Chennai Heritage Trails (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Explore Chennai in Nightlights (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Spiritual Trails of Chennai (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Private Night Walking Tour Chennai: $13
  • Walking Tour Chennai: $14
  • Chennai Night Walk Tour ( 2 hours guided walking tour): $16
  • Chennai Walking Tour ( 2 hours guided tour): $16
  • Magical Chennai Markets Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $17
  • Chennai Walk of Divinity (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $17
  • Chennai Street Food Crawl ( 2 hours guided walking tour): $22
  • Food Walk Tour Chennai: $25
  • Chennai Cultural Walking Tour: $26

Tours and Activities in Kerala

Here are a few actual costs in Kerala for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Exclusive Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour Including Pickup from Cruise Ships: $14
  • Full Day Cochin Tour (From City Hotel Only): $59
  • Half Day Hiking in Munnar Trekking Tour: $15
  • Wild Elephant Anakulam & Waterfalls Tour(munnar valley Trekking): $62
  • "Day Trip to Varkala from Trivandrum (Guided Full Day City Tour)": $147
  • 12 Hours Private Munnar Tour from Kochi: $135
  • 2 Nights Misty Munnar Sightseeing (Private Tour with Car) - Iris Holidays: $127
  • 2-Hours Street Food Guided Tour of Thiruvananthapuram: $25
  • 3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Alleppey Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay: $256
  • 3-4 hours Kochi Tuk-Tuk Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships: $12
  • 4 Days Best of Kerala Tour with Private Houseboat, Sightseeing & Car: $212
  • 4 Hour Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Kochi From Cruise terminal: $12
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day Chennai $ 3.08 Kerala -

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chennai and Kerala, we can see that Chennai is more expensive. And not only is Kerala much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kerala would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kerala and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Chennai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chennai than you might in Kerala.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Chennai Expensive? and Is Kerala Expensive? .

Which has a larger population, Chennai or Kerala?

Kerala has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Chennai. When comparing the sizes of Chennai and Kerala, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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20 Best Places to Visit in Chennai

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  • Updated on May 24, 2022
  • South India , Tamil Nadu

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Formerly known as Madras, Chennai , in the southern part of India , is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. On the Bay of Bengal’s Coromandel coast, Chennai is as dynamic as the culture submerges in it. This ‘Southern Capital’ is one of India’s four metropolitan siblings.

It is a rich cultural past that balances perfectly with its metropolitan lifestyle. Chennai’s skyline is world famous because of its skyscrapers. And, also the city has its own old charm still alive. We have got the best 20 best places to visit in Chennai.

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The List of 20 Best Places to Visit in Chennai:

1. marina beach.

Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal in Chennai, Tamil Nadu . The beach is 13 kilometers long, making it the longest natural urban beach in the region.

The second-largest in the world, with almost 30,000 visitors a day, and the most crowded beach in India. Witnessing the sun going into the sky or coming back to the ocean is a wonderful and soothing experience.

2. Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach, Chennai

Breezy Beach lies in Chennai’s remote and serene Valmiki Nagar neighborhood. Being smaller and less polluted, it is a great getaway for those looking for a quiet evening. The evenings here are enjoyable and breezy.

In recent years, because of its beauty, many visitors have been drawn to this beach. The Breezy Beach of Chennai is the place to be for those seeking a friendly, refreshing, and breezy place to chill out and have fun.

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3. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai

The Arignar Zoological Park is one of the most famous picnic spots in Vandalur. It is an incredible place to explore the region’s flora and fauna. The zoo is 32 kilometers far from the city.

And, it is loved by kids and adults as well, as a perfect weekend spot. In southeast Asia, it is the largest zoo of its kind and is spread over 1260 acres.

4. Murudeshwara Temple

Murudeshwara Temple, Chennai

In Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai, the magnificent Murudeshwara Temple has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Murudeshwara, or Aushadeeswarar, the Medicine God.

This temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture, a must-see for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.

5. Kolli Hills Tourism

Kolli Hills Tourism, Chennai

The Kolli Hills area in the district of Namakkal in Tamil Nadu. The hill’s name has meaning, and that is “Mountain of Death.” It is largely untouched by commercial tourism and thus has maintained much of its natural magnificence.

The Arappaleshwar Temple dedicates itself to Lord Shiva. The mountains are not only famous for their natural beauty but also have religious significance.

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6. Elliot’s Beach

Elliot’s Beach, Chennai

Among tourists and natives of the state, Elliot’s Beach is very popular. In colonial times, white people had a restriction in the area. The beach is popular with students and families from the local college. Near the beach, there are several restaurants with mouth-watering kitchens.

For sunbathing, relaxing, and visiting the popular ancient monuments nearby, travelers also visit the beach. It is typically less crowded than the popular beach of Marina and is therefore preferred by travelers.

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7. VGP Golden Beach

VGP Golden Beach, Chennai

Considered to be one of Chennai’s cleanest and most scenic beaches. VGP Golden Beach is one of the area’s most sought-after destinations for family and friends. This beach is part of the VGP Universal Kingdom.

It lies on the East Coast Road and is a popular amusement park. In the freshwater tub, the place is also considered safe for one to engage in bathing and swimming.

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8. Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is a monument-like chariot temple in Chennai, designed to honor Thiruvalluvar, the renowned classical Tamil poet, and saint. During the 1970s, Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi constructed this intricately crafted monument to honor Thiruvalluvar’s contributions.

During the morning hours, the sublime beauty of Valluvar Kottam is best to enjoy. You can visit this destination during the evening hours when the sun is just setting over the horizon.

9. Ashtalakshmi Temple

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

The temple of Ashtalakshmi is in Besant Nagar. A few meters away from Besant’s beach, on the coast of the magnificent Bay of Bengal.

The Goddess of Riches and Wisdom, Ashtalakshmi, resides here. And also blesses those who come to the temple to offer their prayers with a clean soul.

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10. Madras War Cemetery

Madras War Cemetery, Chennai

The Madras War Cemetery is right in the heart of the city of Chennai. It is a recognition of the glory as well as horrors of the war. Our ancestors have waged to make this world a more peaceful place.

Every year on November 11, with wreath offerings and Guard of Honours, it hosts the Armistice Day homage. The Madras War Cemetery should be visited by anyone interested in wartime history or who wants to pay homage to the martyrs. It is not only a memory but also concrete proof of the price of war.

11. Santhome Cathedral Basilica

Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Chennai

Santhome Cathedral is a historical and ancient center of pilgrimage. Founded by the then reigning Portuguese during the 14th to 15th centuries A D. A 16th-century map of South Asia is the museum’s primary attraction.

Santhome Cathedral is one of the popular attractions in Chennai. People of the Christian faith visit this place and take part in the Mass.

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12. MGM Dizzee World

MGM Dizzee World, Chennai

One of India’s largest and oldest amusement parks is MGM Dizzee World. It boasts of having provided some interesting experiences to its guests, many of whom were first-timers. This brought Jurong’s Bird Display back to India from Singapore in 1999.

There are intense levels of thrill rides, but there are also good and enjoyable ones. The park has something for every age level. There are a plethora of rides for children spread all over the park. It also has games that other family members can also enjoy.

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13. Nettukuppam

Nettukuppam, Chennai

Chennai’s northernmost tip is Nettukuppam, which has a beach that is not yet tarnished by crowds. Those who seek to enjoy the roaring sea up close but in a quiet setting are a solitary escape.

Ennore’s saltwater creek meets the sea here, creating a kind of estuary. As it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd, the place is perfect for quiet time.

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14. Fort St. George

Fort St. George, Chennai

The root of Fort St. George’s great white structure is inextricable from the history of Chennai. The sole aim of building the huge fort compound was to establish a British fortress, generally called the ‘White Town’.

During this time, under the British-conferred name Madras, Chennai’s now booming town grew up around this fort.

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15. Royapuram Fishing Harbour

Royapuram Fishing Harbour, Chennai

Royapuram Fishing Harbour, under the administration of the Chennai Port Trust. It is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai.

Located in a region popular for seafood, this harbor is definitely one of Tamil Nadu’s busiest fishing hubs. You can almost always find the place crowded with various fishing vessel types if you visit Royapuram Fishing Harbour.

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16. Santhome Church

In the history of Christianity in India, the importance of the San Thome Church is unparalleled. If you visit the Church of St Thomas in Mylapore, you will discover a historical tale that will take you back a few centuries.

Within the cathedral, the museum shows souvenirs of the great saint and his legend. So, tourists can get to know the glorious history of the Church of San Thome.

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17. Mylapore

Mylapore, Chennai

Located in the southern part of Chennai, Mylapore is one of the oldest and most culturally enriched neighborhoods. However, as the British called it, the region precedes Chennai or Madras’ birth by at least 1500 years.

Simultaneously, shopping malls, tree-lined beautiful avenues, and other attractions are also stepping up to fit the new world and meet the needs of urban visitors.

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18. Anjaneya Temple Nanganallur

Anjaneya Temple Nanganallur, Chennai

Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhakta Anjaneya swami Temple is about 10 kilometers away from the city’s heart, in a locality called Nanganallur. Commonly referred to in short as the Anjaneya Temple, its name comes from its principal deity, Lord Hanuman.

Not only for those who are devotees of Anjaneya or Hanuman but for anyone who wants to glimpse a different kind of temple other than Vishnu and Shiva. It is popular in Chennai. It is a must-see spot.

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19. Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Chennai

Pebble Beach is a comparatively smaller beach located 1 km away from Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai. It receives a comparatively smaller number of visitors due to its location.

However, the beach is tranquil and serene, and you can visit it to spend some time in solitude.

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20. Palavakkam Beach

Palavakkam Beach, Chennai

Located in Palavakkam on the southern tip of Chennai, Palavakkam Beach is a wonderful beach. The beach offers beautiful and interesting sunrise and sunset views. An ancient temple located on the beach is the highlight of the beach. The beach has a vast expanse of beaches, merging into the sea with breath-taking views of the horizon.

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Tourist Places to Visit in Chennai

Tamil Nadu is characterized by its evocative array of culture and heritage, belonging to a civilization settled here for thousands of years. Chennai, the capital of the state, carries this legacy to date albeit rapidly evolving as a metropolitan city. The yesteryears have their doors open to the present here through the many ancient places to visit in Chennai such as temples and monuments as well as museums storing relics from the past. The city is also graced by a coastline that travellers and locals visit who regularly for a refreshing evening suffused by the cool sea-breeze. At such communal places to visit in Chennai, you can observe the Tamilian zest and pride within the native population which will recharge you with a similar excitement in your spirit during your trip. 

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Places to Visit in Chennai: Museums and Other Landmarks

Chennai was a significant place for the Europeans during colonization. It was a centre of trade, culture and architecture. The post-independent era has observed the city flourishing too, carrying many remnants from the past. As a traveller, you can learn immensely about the history of the city through the many places to visit in Chennai that are dedicated to preserving relics. The city is home to 2,467 heritage structures revealing a diversity in the aesthetics of architecture from the Pallava dynasty to the colonial period. A chance to visit the heart of Chennai, you get an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about its legacy with the city itself which makes it a unique experience in its own right. Some of these sites include:

Fort St. George

Among the integral places to visit in Chennai, Fort St. George is the first British fort constructed in India back in the 17th century. Its creation led to an accelerated habitation in the area, with a number of trades and residential communities cropping up around it. What was once an important trading post for the British is now being used as a centre for the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu. Within the complex, St. Mary’s church continues to stand tall as one of the oldest churches in the country. Providing insight about the European rule in India is the museum which houses remainders from the colonial era. The exhibition includes coins, letters, uniforms and weapons among other things. The first flag to be hoisted after India’s independence is stored here too. Due to the great historical value of the fort as well as the church and the museum within its premises, they are some of the most popular places to visit in Chennai.

Government Museum

The Government Museum, or Madras Museum, is among the prominent places to visit in Chennai. Established in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in the country following the Indian Museum in Kolkata. It possesses a nuanced collection of ancient artefacts and is also home to the biggest collection of Roman antiquities in the world outside Europe. It exhibits relics under the different sections of archaeology, anthropology, botany, geology, numismatics, zoology and contemporary art. This is a great tourist destination in Chennai for kids as there is a separate Children's Museum for them. Within the complex, you can enjoy the National Art Gallery which also consists of paintings by the famous Malayali artist Raja Ravi Varma. The Indo-Saracenic architecture of the building makes it stand out among the places to visit in Chennai too.

DakshinaChitra

A cultural centre, this is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Chennai as it is a living heritage museum. The tourist destination in Chennai embodies the cultural diversity of the South Indian states in its establishment’s very structure and demonstrates it through a depiction of the local art, architecture and lifestyle. Regular programs and workshops on folk dances, puppet shows, pottery and painting among other activities are held in an effort to promote and preserve the culture of the region. DakshinaChitra also showcases a collection of ordinary day-to-day objects and clothes. This is a unique experience, not offered by other places to visit in Chennai, so make sure to add this to your itinerary!

Valluvar Kottam

This monument is included in the most popular places to visit in Chennai. Dedicated to the classical Tamil poet and philosopher Valluvar, the structure displays intricate craftsmanship. You can observe the inscriptions of all chapters of Valluvar’s notable work Thirukkural on the walls. The highlight of the structure is the prominent replica of a chariot where a statue of the poet himself is placed. The monument also boasts of a large auditorium that can fit more than 3,000 people.

Vivekananda House

Once known as the Ice Castle, this pink-hued building originally constructed to store ice was named to Vivekananda House in honour of the prolific Indian monk. He stayed there only for a few days in 1897, but his philosophical lectures in the city were highly impactful. Now the building consists of a permanent array on his life as well as the culture of India. Its distinct architecture and historical significance has earned it a spot in the list of important places to visit in Chennai.

Higginbotham’s

Literature and art have flourished in Chennai since time immemorial. It is not surprising then that the oldest bookstore in India is located here! One of the places to visit in Chennai that Higginbotham’s has become a major landmark of the city. This is a haven for bibliophiles. Although a heritage structure, the store has kept up with the times and is stocked up with the latest releases. It consists of an impressive collection of the works of Indian writers, especially that of literary pieces in vernacular languages.

Ripon Building

This is one of the most impressive places to visit in Chennai owing to the beautiful architecture built in the Neoclassical style. Strikingly white, the building is situated near the Chennai Railway Station, alluring travellers and locals alike. The tower on it consists of a mechanical clock which is one of its major attractions. The building is now used by the Greater Chennai Corporation. You may enter the premises but cannot go inside the building currently.

Places to Visit in Chennai: Beaches

Among the first cities in the country to undergo development - technologically as well as economically - Chennai is a top choice to settle across India. And its proximity to the sea helps. Due to the large population of the city and the inflow of travellers, the major beaches are not pristine and ideal for water sports, yet they are important places to visit in Chennai. They unfold a new aspect of the city to visitors and provide cool relief. Some of the must-see beaches in Chennai include:

Marina Beach

The longest in India, and the second-longest urban beach in the world, Marina Beach is one of the iconic places to visit in Chennai. It is a lovely spot to witness an awe-inspiring sunrise, while the bustling city about you gradually comes alive. Stretching from Fort St. George to Foreshore Estate, it is the primary location to have picnics or do some exercise. Hence, this is one of the places to visit in Chennai that is always bubbling with a crowd. Bustling with life, it has its own unique experience in offering to travellers. For example, it is ideal to shop for souvenirs and enjoy street food at the numerous stalls put up beside the beach. You can also engage in activities such as kite flying, beach cricket or volleyball, horse-riding or even go on a merry-go-round ride at the fairs frequently put up in the area. Although swimming is disallowed owing to the turbulent nature of the waves here, two large swimming pools have been set up along the beach. There are many other places to visit in Chennai surrounding the beach.

Besant Nagar Beach

Besant Nagar Beach, also known as Elliot’s Beach, is among the most popular places to visit in Chennai. Locals use it as a recreational space like Marina Beach, but it experiences less crowd than the latter and is also less polluted in comparison. Decked with food joints, there is a variety of street food available. A noticeable landmark in the area is the Kal Shmidt memorial. The Shri Ashtalakshmi Temple situated beside the shore is another of the important places to visit in Chennai. Covelong Beach

At the outskirts of the city on the way to Mahabalipuram lies the Covelong Beach, one of the well-known places to visit in Chennai for a day of tranquillity. The white-sand beach attracts many tourists to have a swim in the clear water. It is located in a fishing village which happens to be one of the only places to visit near Chennai that is a windsurfing spot. The beach is dotted by a number of monuments such as the Dutch fort from the 1600s converted into a beach resort and a catholic church.

Neelankarai Beach

This is one of the few places to visit in Chennai next to the sea which is relatively unspoilt and peaceful. Located in South Chennai, it is a good site to cool down after a humid day in the city. Neelankarai literally means blue shore, and the decently maintained beach upholds that. Sauntering on the beach watching the sky change its shade at dawn or dusk is serene. This tourist destination in Chennai is also known for the turtles that can be spotted crawling about on the shore.

Places to Visit in Chennai: Temples

Spirituality and faith are inextricable from the city, and over the centuries they have shaped the culture and traditions of its residents eminently. Evidence of that can be observed in abundance amidst the committed crowd that is attracted to the daily rituals practised at the devout places to visit in Chennai. Travellers can include such places to visit in Chennai in their itinerary to experience this. Besides, most of the temples in Chennai are hundreds of years old with intricate architecture which is another reason they are popular among tourists. Some of the prominent temples are:

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Dedicated to the forms of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, this is one of the most popular religious places to visit in Chennai. It dates back to the seventh century, constructed under the Pallava dynasty. It is an exemplary temple that showcases the best of Dravidian architecture, with intricate details adding to its overall beauty. It attracts tourists from near and far to participate in its daily rituals, but it is the most crowded during the Panguni season. There is a carnival-like atmosphere among the devotees. The largest procession is held for the Arubathimoovar Festival when a majestic chariot makes its way across the streets of Mylapore.

Ashtalakshmi Temple

Right next to Elliot’s Beach, you can head to this temple after a beach day to attend prayers dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Chennai as it is believed that your faith can be blessed by the Goddess for eight things to have a well-rounded life: prosperity, success, progeny, knowledge, wealth, courage, bravery, and food. There are different shrines within the temple to appease each aspect of the Goddess.

Parthasarathy Temple

As this is the only temple in the city where there are shrines dedicated to different reincarnations of Lord Vishnu, it is one of the significant places to visit in Chennai. The name itself of the temple is in remembrance of Lord Krishna. This was also created by the Pallavas in the eighth century, making it one of the oldest marvels of architecture in the city. There is an influx of devotees throughout the year as there are several festivals or Urchavams organised to celebrate each form of the deity. The temple is full up to its maximum capacity during the festival of Vaikunda Ekadesi.

Marundheeswarar Temple

Another one of the religious places to visit in Chennai dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is being eulogised by poets and saints since centuries. Legend has it that Valmiki, who wrote the epic Ramayana, prayed to Lord Shiva at this temple and was blessed by him. This temple is visited by people battling diseases or those whose family members are dealing with health problems as it is believed that the presiding deity’s blessing will cure the devotees.

Places to Visit in Chennai: Markets

An experience of a destination is incomplete without visiting the marketplace. It is a great space for interaction between locals and tourists. The places to visit in Chennai for shopping must be included in your plan. Not only do they provide a glimpse into the nuances of the local life, but most of them are fairly priced and have a lot to offer. Perfect to buy souvenirs as well as actual useful things for your home, the markets of Chennai are unmissable. The most popular places to visit in Chennai to go shopping are:

Theagaraya Nagar Market

One of the best places to visit in Chennai for shopping, Theagaraya Nagar Market constitutes the largest shopping district in the country based on revenue. It is the perfect place to buy gold ornaments as well as a variety of sarees. A lot of the street stalls also offer souvenirs to travellers. You can buy the items sold here at an extremely affordable price. The best time to plan your visit is early morning; the market gets crowded quickly as the day progresses. Besides shopping here, you can enjoy some local food at the eateries.

George Town and Burma Bazaar

Ripon Building, George Town is home to shops big and small. This is one of the places to visit in Chennai that is a haven for shopping lovers. After going on a heritage trail to admire the architecture of the past, you can dive right into this bustling market and get to shopping. A variety of products can be found here, such as fabric, shoes, gadgets, accessories and handicrafts. The best part? Shopping here will not put a dent in your wallet. It is well-known in particular for the sale of the traditional Kanchipuram sarees. Burma Bazaar in the area, run by Burmese Tamil refugees, has hundreds of shops on both sides of the road too, selling inexpensive goods.

Pondy Bazaar

A market that has it all, this market must be in your places to visit in Chennai list. Affluent brands as well as even locally-owned shops are lined up on the streets. Hence, no matter what it is you want to buy, this is one of the places to visit in Chennai where you will definitely find it. For better or for worse, the products are not sold on a fixed price. This implies that you can be done with your shopping spree at a budget as long as you possess excellent bargaining skills. The vivacity of the market reflects the attitude of the fast-paced city.

Other than visiting these tourist places in Chennai, you must take a few days and explore other places around the city. There are plenty of places to visit near Chennai that must be in your itinerary while travelling in South India. Within 200 kilometres of the city are pilgrimage sites such as Tirupati, Tirumala, Kanchipuram, Srikalahasti and Vellore, beach towns such as Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram. Just like the places to see in Chennai displayed a rich heritage, all these destinations are steeped in history and local culture which is highly enjoyable to travellers.

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