23 Best Places To Visit In Kerala. Part I

The God’s Own Country, Kerala has some extremely beautiful tourist destinations to hold the attention of global tourists. There are hill-stations, backwaters, commercial cities, hamlets, and much more to explore. Rich culture and heritage of Kerala also attract nature lovers from all over the world. Once you set foot in the beautiful paradise, all other things seem inconsequential.

Most of the metro cities pale in comparison of Kerala in terms of beauty. Apt for family vacations, romantic getaways and honeymoons, it has a bounty of beauty and engaging activities. And here are the best places to visit in Kerala, that must be a part of your travel plan.

1. Alleppey. The Backwater Hot Spot

Alleppey tops this list of best tourist places in Kerala with pictures. Its backwater trips, houseboat stays, and serene beauty attract a fair number of people to its territory. In fact, it is the most popular place to experience Kerala’s backwaters. Lord Curzon’s depiction of Alleppey as the Venice of the East is not hyperbole. A houseboat vacation is what people look for on their visit to Alleppey. There are expanses of paddy fields, quaint chapels, interesting fishing villages, lakes filled with water lilies which make for some of the best places to see in Kerala.

The fascination of Keralites with coconut and banana leaves in their food will prove to be a good experiment for you if you have never had it before. The cobbled pathways and cleaner roads comparatively will take you on an old-world tour.

Popular tourist attractions: Alappuzha Beach,Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is another crowd puller.

Best time to visit: September to mid-May.

Alleppey. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
Alleppey is top among the best places to visit in Kerala

2. Munnar. Perfect For A Romantic Honeymoon

A very popular one among hill stations in Kerala, Munnar is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Once the summer capital for British, the gradient and alignment of hills were particularly designed for tea farming. With about 80,000 miles of tea plantation, an equal measure of aromatic vegetation, misty valleys, and low-flying clouds, Munnar is a hill station that has become one of the best places to visit in Kerala for a honeymoon.

Cute bungalows, cosy homestays, lavish resorts and offbeat campsites make it the most romantic destination even among the top places to visit in Kerala. The old world colonial feel has its own charms and it certainly makes for a good selfie drive. Revel in the extraordinary blend of luxury and beauty, at the most amazing honeymoon resorts in Munnar.

Popular tourist attractions: TATA Tea Museum, Meesapulimala, Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Life of Pi Church, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Kundala Lake, Lockhart Gap, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi and Eravikulam National Park.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Munnar. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
Beautiful tea plantations at Munnar in Kerala

3. Kumarakom. One Of Most Tranquil Places To Visit In Kerala

Situated near Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a quiet little hamlet with alluring sceneries, ever pleasant weather and exotic flora and fauna; making it one of the loveliest places to see in Kerala. You get a mix of everything here – backwaters, authentic Kerala food, uber fresh air, the warmth of Keralites, and deliciously fresh coconuts. There is a lot to do; choose from boating, cruising, houseboat stay and fishing.

Kumarakom holds a special spot in the list of best of Kerala’s sightseeing places. The tempting waterways, decorated lakes, aromatic coconut grooves, fresh paddy fields, thick mangrove forests, delightful authentic food, and unpolluted freshness of the air add to the list. Also, Kumarakom’s houseboat stay offers a lot more solitude and privacy as compared to Alleppey.

Popular tourist attractions: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Juma Masjid, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach and Pathiramal Island.

Best time to visit: September to May.

Kumarakom. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
A boat ride through the countryside of Kumarakom

4. Wayanad. The Land Of Heavenly Trails

Wayanad means the land of paddy fields in Malayalam. Wayanad is one of the greenest places to visit in Kerala. Enriched with godly beauty, serene atmosphere and rich culture, Wayanad is a perfect mix of nature and man-made heritage. After all, the place is famous for its richness in cultures, traditions and tribal heritage. Small unnamed waterfalls that line the city haphazardly add to the place’s charm.

Popular tourist attractions in Wayanad: Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill, Lakkidi View Point, P Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Kabini, Papanashini River and Padinjarathara Dam.

Best time to visit: October to May. Adventure enthusiasts should visit during the monsoon months of July and August to enjoy the perks of trekking and other adventure activities.

Wayanad. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
A waterfall from Wayanad

5. Thekkady. For The Love Of Wildlife

Thekkady is simply heaven hidden in thick forests and wild vegetation. You get to see the nearly extinct species of animals including great Indian tigers, sambars, gaurs and lion-tailed macaques. Also, there are elephants, lions, deer, bison, boars etc… Probably, the most favoured among Kerala’s tourist places, Thekkady boasts of abundant beauty and exotic wildlife. Its trekking path from Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is one of the most popular trails in South India. Boating and wildlife observation are two of the favourite pastimes in Thekkady.

Popular tourist attractions in Thekkady are Periyar Lake, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Elephant Junction, Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Ramakkalmedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mudra Cultural Centre, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil, Murikkady and Vandanmedu.

Best time to visit: November to early-May.

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A wild elephants’ herd at Thekkady

6. Kovalam. For Some Beach Fun

Kovalam beach, one of the best beaches in Kerala, is famous for its New Year celebrations, deep strong massages, Ayurvedic treatments, sunbathing fests, and water sports like parasailing. It has a crescent-shaped coastline which is always buzzing with activities. People from different countries, cultures, and states come together and add to the beauty of the place.

Popular tourist attractions: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, The Lighthouse, Samudra Beach, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Akkulam Lake, Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor, Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Aruvikkara, Rock Cut Caves and Valiathura Pier.

Best time to visit: September to May.

Kovalam. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
The lighthouse beach of Kovalam

7. Vagamon. Solitude Guaranteed!

There is an enchanting hill station called Vagamon which is hidden from all the hoopla. Adorned with magical meadows, mystical gardens, beautiful dales, aromatic tea plantations and misty valleys, Vagamon has surely earned its place among the best places to visit in Kerala. The fresh air and perfectly manicured gardens of Vagamon are a breath of fresh air.

Best tourist attractions: Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, Kurisumala, Vagamon Pine Forest, Barren Hills, The Pattumala Church, Vagamon Lake, Mundakayam Ghat, Vagamon Falls and Maramala Waterfalls.

Best time to visit: Early-August to May.

Vagamon. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
Camping at Thangal Hill, Vagamon

8. Bekal. Nothing Less Of Heaven On Earth!

Bekal is especially known for its famous Bekal Fort, which is rated amongst the best tourist places in Kerala. Many Indian movies like Rang De Basanti are filmed in the fort premises. The sea breeze passing through your hair, the pleasant weather and good company are key ingredients to have a good time in Bekal. Owing to exotic beauty and serenity, Bekal is among the top three honeymoon places in South India.

Popular tourist attractions: Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park and Pallikere Beach.

Best time to visit: September to May.

Bekal. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
The stunning Bekal Fort, Bekal

9. Kozhikode. For Authentic Malabar Cuisine

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is one of the most active commercial cities in Kerala. The place is famous for its culture, historical sites, educational institutions and culinary experiences. The architecture of the city has strong influences of the Dutch and the British. It is known for its authentic Malabar food and the exotic spices that make the food so delicious. When in Calicut, don’t miss on delicacies like Dum Biryani, Kallummakkaya, Chatti Pathiri and Dal Halwa.

Best tourist attractions: Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral.

Best time to visit: September to May.

Kozhikode. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
The delicious Kozhikodan chicken dum biriyani

10. Varkala. One Of Kerala’s Most Scenic Seasides

Varkala is one of the best seaside places in Kerala. The enticing coastline with cliffs on one side and lush greenery on the other attracts thousands of tourists and water-adventure enthusiasts to the beach. Activities like boat riding, surfing, parasailing, jetting, horse-riding are the life of the beach. The unmatched beauty of the beach is at its prime during sunsets. The hues of colourful rays make for a surreal atmosphere.

Varkala is also an important religious place in Hindu culture. Adorned with many Hindu temples, it welcomes many religious travellers and heritage lovers to its seams with open arms. With so much packed in a single city, Varkala is certainly fit to be among the best places to visit in Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions: Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.

Best time to visit: August to mid-May.

Varkala. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
The most happening Varkala beach

11. Kannur. The Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Kannur, formerly known as Cannanore is another scenic place to visit in Kerala. Kannur is popular for weaving industries. Feel the charm of this beautiful colonial town, located at the northeastern coast of Kerala with its sun-kissed beaches bordered by luxuriant cashew plantations, ancient temples, splendid monuments and British and Dutch style buildings.

Popular tourist attractions: Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort and Rajarajeshwara Temple.

Best time to visit: October to March to enjoy a cool climate.

Kannur. The Best Places To Visit In Kerala
Thalassery beach, Kannur

12. Kasargod. A Coastal Paradise In Kerala

Located close to Bekal, tucked between the Western Ghats on one side and the azure Arabian Sea on the other, Kasargod is an entrancing beauty of ‘God’s own country’. Featuring rolling hills, plush coconut plantations, soothing sea breeze and host of heritage temples, it attracts peace-loving travellers and considered as one of the most photogenic places in Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions: Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Thonikadavu and Ananthapura Lake Temple, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranipuram.

Best time to visit: June to November and January to February. Avoid summer months as they are warm and humid.

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Ranipuram Hills, Kasargod

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