Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Popularly dubbed as “God’s own country”, Kerala has been a popular tourist destination because of its scenic beauty, lengthy backwaters, varied wildlife and inspiring hill stations. Kerala also has a rich history with many reigning empires, forts, temples and churches. This makes Kerala a tourist destination that can cater to the needs of any traveller and will leave everyone fulfilled and impressed. In this article, we take a look at the top 5 destinations in Kerala.
- Munnar – Munnar has been called as the “Kashmir of South India”. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. Nestled between the hills of the Western Ghats, Munnar has a lot to offer from wildlife sanctuaries, to Tea estates. Some of the popular destinations are the Chinar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tata Tea Museum. Anamudi, the highest peak South of the Himalayas is located here. The best time to visit Munnar is during the hot summer months when this place is cool, or during the months of winter when you can see lots of wild flora and fauna.
- Alappuzha Backwaters – Kerala is famous for its backwaters. The canals and inlets that snake their way through the jungles and fields makes this the Venice of the South. People come here to see the rich wildlife and the plants that grow here, some of which are indigenous to this area. Birdwatching is a common attraction and so is the RKK Museum and taking a cool dip in the ocean. It is best to visit this place during the cooler months of December and January.
- Thekkady – If you are one who is adventurous and loves to see wildlife, then Thekkady is the place for you. You can find everything from Indian Elephants to the Bengal Tiger in the jungles of Periyar Tiger reserve. Take a walk through the jungles to see unique species of birds, butterflies and moths. It is best to visit this place in the cooler months of December and January.
- Varkala beach – Kerala is a destination that can satisfy any type of traveler. If you’d rather relax and take a dip in the ocean, then visit Varkala beach. It is the best place especially if you love the sun, sand, surf and good food. The beach has been kept clean and offers a good view of sunsets. It is best to visit this place during the hotter months of June and July.
- Cochin – If you are a history buff, then give Cochin a visit. It is one of the most important sea ports in India, especially during the times of British rule. Take a walk along the beach or visit the Beach forts and watch the Chinese fishing nets in action. You can also visit the kodanad elephant sanctuary or the Athirapally falls. It is best to visit cochin during the months of August and September.