Kerala Tourism

Kerala, located on the Malabar Coast of south-west India, is termed as God's own state, owing to the tranquility and serenity of the place. Kerala is blessed with beautiful and calm backwaters, scenic beauty, lush greenery, rich heritage and culture, which keeps the essence of the state alive in the progressive times. Every year many tourists come to Kerala from different parts of the world. Besides Kerala backwaters and scenic beauty, the place is also famous for ayurvedic spa and rejuvenation. The best of ayurvedic massage, rejuvenation centers are located in Kerala. If you too are planning a trip to this beautiful state of India, little information about the climate, accessibility and top tourist destinations of the state will help. Map of Kerala

State - Kerala
Location - South India
Capital - Thiruvananthapuram
Climate - Hot and humid summers (March to May)
Rainfall (June to September)
Winters (October to February)

Best season to visit Kerala is from September to March.

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Accessibility:

Kerala is well connected to different states via a good network of roadways and railways. The southern railway of Indian railways caters to complete accessibility of the state via railways. Kerala has three international airports at Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode each. With the extensive backwaters in Kerala, the waterways in Kerala are used on a large scale for commercial purposes. Road, rail, air, or waterways-you have plenty of options to choose from.

Top 10 tourist places of Kerala

Kerala Tourist Places

  1. Munnar: which served as the summer capital for British while their reign in India is one of the top 10 tourist destinations of India. Three exotic rivers namely- Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly congregate here. In monsoon, one can witness beautiful rivulets and streams. This adds to the charm of Munnar.

  2. Anamudi Peak: Anamudi peak, is the highest mountain in the southern mountain ranges and it is also the highest mountain of Kerala. To trek this beautiful peak, you need to get prior permission from forest and Wildlife authorities of Kerala or Munnar.

  3. Eravikulam National Park: Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered species, is the attraction of this national park located near Munnar. It also serves as a hometo other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. Distinguished and rich flora, fauna also make this park a must visit place.

  4. Wayanad: If you wish to experience nature at its utmost tranquility, Wayanad is the plae for you. This place is yet far from the human intervention and blessed with natural beauty. Nearly the entire Wayanad district is bathed by Kabini River. Thirunelli Temple, Pookode lake, Pallikunnu Church, Edakkal Caves and Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, Meenmutty Falls, and Varambatta Mosque are some of famous tourist attractions of Wayanad.

  5. Thiruvananthapuram: The capital of Kerala has many tourist attractions. Mahatma Gandhi entitled it as the 'Evergreen city of India'. Kovalam is one of the finest beaches of Kerala and is located at just half hour's distance from Thiruvananthapuram. It lies on shoreline of Killi and Karamana rivers. At Vellayani, Thiruvallam and Aakulam you can enjoy the backwaters of the city.

    In Kanyakumari the beautiful site of dawn and dusk can be captured. Other important tourist locations in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala are Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Science and Technology Museum, Shanghumugham Beach, Tropical Botanical Garden and Bay Watch.

  6. Kumarakom: At a distance of 16 kilometers from Kotayam, set in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake is Kumarkom. Tourists who wish to spend some quality time away from the hustble bustle of city and wish to be in the proximity of nature can visit this place and all their wishes will be fulfilled. Its backwaters make it a major tourist attraction. Houseboat stay make the visit to Kumarkom even more fun filled.

  7. Thekkady: Thekkady is a place for animal lovers. A variety of animals like macaques, boars, deers, elephants, tigers, and leopards can be seen here. Here, you have option to explore forest sitting atop elephants in the great Indian Maharaja style. Murikkady, Periyar National Park, and Mangala Devi Temple are the other popular tourist attractions of this place.

  8. Cochin: Kochi) is a very popular city of Kerala and is popularly known as the Gateway to Kerala. The famous tourist locations in Cochin are Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Vasco House, Marine Drive, Hill Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica.

  9. Thrissur: Thrissur also attracts tourists coming to Kerala and the famous tourist destinations of Thrissur are Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Kerala Sahitya Academy, Vadakkunnatha Temple, and Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral.

  10. Vagamon: This is the coolest place of Kerala and is termed as a hill station and pilgrimage destination of Kerala. The famous pilgrimage of Nazrani Catholics, namely Kurishumala church is situated in Vagamon. It natural untouched scenuic beauty makes it a true paradise and an ideal destination for nature lovers.

  11. Kollam (Quilon): This destination of Kerala caters to the adventure lovers. Mountain biking, boating, rock climbing, etc., are some of the activities here for adventure sport lovers.

  12. Agasthyakoodam: This place had dense forest cover and one can again experience untouched nature's bliss here. Aranmula boat race and Varkala beach are the famous tourist attractions of this place. Famous flower Neelakurinji are also found here.

Kerala is so vast and has so much to see and experience that putting it on paper becomes tough. Experience the beauty of Kerala yourself by visiting this God's own Place on Earth.