Top Best Places to Visit in Kerala
Alappuzha is a veritable maze of bridges and canals, the presence of which has given it the appellation the "Venice of the East". The entire area of the district lies in the low land and the midland divisions, and is the only district in Kerala having no area under the high lands. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala is in Alappuzha district. Alappuzha is the most important centre in the State for coir industry.
Athirappalli and Vazhachal, the two scenic and popular waterfalls on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km apart. The Athirappalli Falls joins the Chalakkudy river after plummeting down a drop of 80 feet. Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy river. Both the waterfalls, their cool, misty waters cascading down in the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky terrain, are a scintillating experience to visitors.
Cochin, which is now known as Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. It is a place which is blended with historical places, palaces, forts, old churches, beaches, backwaters, snake boats races, Kathakali, museums and the convenience of a big city with towering buildings and business centers. Kochi came into being in 1967, as a result of the merger of the neighbouring towns and villages of Fort Cochin, Mattanchery, Ernakulam, Edapally, Vytilla, Vennala, Tevara etc. Cochin, today is one of the largest and most important city in Kerala. It is also known to be the second most important city on the western coast of India. Kochi is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Across its bay and on the islands are the sleepy coconut villages of Vypin, Bolghatty and Vallaradom. It is a city with a glorious cultural past. Kochi is located in the center of Kerala covering about 87,341 sq. km with a population which comes upto approximately 12,00,000.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers etc.
A Voyage north of Alappuzha takes you to the rich green, sleepy little village of Kumarakom on the Vembanad lake. An enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, Kumarakom provides boating , fishing and sight-seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. An exclusive attraction of this much sought after backwater resort is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Munnar is a small hill station set amongst the Kannan Devan hills. It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar also beacons the adventure-seeking traveler, who is interested in paragliding. It has some of the highest tea estates in the world. Munnar is located in the eastern part of the state of Kerala, in the southern region of India, amongst the craggy hills of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1524 m above sea level. It is 130 km east of Kochi and borders the state of Tamil Nadu.
Periyar Tiger Reserve, one of the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, spread across 777 Sq. Kms out of which 360 Sq. Kms is thick forest, is one of the best places for viewing wild elephants. There is a 26 Sq. Km. artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river. A boat cruise on the lake is a great way to watch the wildlife. Wild animals like the Elephant, Gaur, Sambar Deer and wild boar, which can be easily seen from close quarters during the serene boat ride. Other Mammals like the Nilgiri Thar, the lion tailed macaque, the bonnet macaque, the Malabar giant Squirrel, the flying Squirrel, the Tiger, the jungle cat and the sloth bear are seen only once in a while. Around 265 different species of birds like the Hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle, darter etc. can also be seen.
The beach at Varkala has no shops or restaurants. Most of the hotels and eateries are spread across the two cliffs north and south of the spacious cove that forms the famous Papanasam Beach. The wide plateau atop the steep laterite cliffs also offers a wonderful view of the sea. A dip in these waters believed to wash away sins (Papam). Priests at the Janardhana Temple, 2,000 years old, offer help with ritual pooja. The remains of Sree Narayana Guru, the well known social reformer and saint, are interred at Sivagiri Mutt at the eastern edge of town. European backpackers and tourists with a lower budget who find the low tariffs and cost of food a big bonus, from the bulk of the tourist population to Varkala.
Wayanad, One of the fourteen districts in Kerala (India), this green paradise is nestled among the mountains of western ghat and is located at a distance of 76 km from the nearest sea-shore of Kozhikode. The name Wayanad has been derived from the expression 'Vayal nadu' - the village of paddy fields. It is a jewel in the crown of western Ghat, Wayanad - Blessed and gifted by nature. Wayanad known for its picturesque mist-clad hill stations, sprawling Spice plantations, luxurious forest and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg and Kannur are around this region.Almost every crops such as Coffee, Pepper, Ginger, Cocoa, Arecanut, Tea, Rubber, Vanilla etc are grown here. Wayanadan Pepper is famous in the world of Spices.