The small coastal state of Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country, is one of the destinations you definitly do not want to miss during your trip in India. Imagine everything you love about the culture of the country, with a peaceful vibe, green landscapes and amazing views over the Arabian Sea. It’s also one of the best places to spot wild elephants in India and to enjoy some boat rides in the backwaters. Be ready to relax under coconut trees, to admire the most beautiful tropical flowers and to taste some of the best tea and coffee. Looking for a honeymoon destination? Kerala will also please you with many romantic options. Here are 10 destinations to put on your bucket list to help you create the perfect itinerary in Kerala.
Top 10 destinations for tourist in Kerala.
Kochi is definitly one of the must-see in Kerala. You might have seen pictures of the impressive Chinese Fishing Nets, the emblem of Kochi. Although these are not really used anymore, the fishermen still put them in the water once in a while to entertain the tourists. Walk around Fort Kochi, enjoy the peaceful little streets and don’t forget to make a stop to the Santa Cruz Basilica. This fishermen city will certainly charm you with its unique European heritage. Two nights is enough to see all of the attractions in Kochi.
When you are thinking of Kerala, it’s impossible not to think of Alleppey also known as Alapuzzha. Indeed, this is the perfect destination to enjoy some of the best backwater tours in kerala. Book a guesthouse near the backwaters and spend half of the day on a boat ride. Many options are possible; you can either decide to go for for a tourist cruise between Kollam and Alleppey, to book a small village tour through the canals or maybe to enjoy a rowboat ride with a villager if you are lucky. Even better, stay the night on one of the best houseboats in Kerala. This unique experience won’t disappoint you! Don’t forget to make a stop to Alleppey beach for the sunsets.
Munnar is a small city located in the Western Ghats. Therefore, be ready for colder weather compared to the coastal cities. You’ll appreciate the picturesque views of the tea plantations and the green landscapes and you’ll be able to taste some of the best tea in India and yummy chocolate. Don’t forget to do one of the tea plantations treks. It’s the main reason to visit Munnar. Be aware that it is forbidden to trek around the plantations without a licensed so be sure to hire a guide. Not too far is the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is worth a visit. Note that the best area to stay is Old Munnar.
You want to enjoy the tropical weather and relax far away from the busy cities? Are you looking for the best beaches in India? You are wondering where to backpack in Kerala? Varkala is your next destination! Enjoy some of the best resorts in Kerala, appreciate the colourful sunsets and treat yourself with an ayurvedic treament. If you are thinking about surfing, Varkala will also be your favourite spot. Be aware though that the beaches have strong currents.
Kovalam is another great place to appreciate the backwaters of Kerala. Actually, you can take a tourist cruise from Alleppey to Kovalam. Houseboats are also available, although there are fewer than Alleppey. This is probably the southernmost point of Kerala you will visit so take some time to enjoy the tropical weather, the beautiful sunsets and the Arabian sea. There again, you will find many ayurvedic resorts, among the top in Kerala and in India.
Looking for the best place to spot wild elephants in Kerala? Wayanad it is! Get ready for the perfect safari through the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Tours can be arranged through most hotels or at the sanctuary gates. Wayanad is also a great region to trek in Kerala as the green mountains offer incredible scenic views. Chembra Peak, Vellarimala and Pakshipathalam are among the best treks. Note that it isn’t possible to trek in the Sanctuary.
Another great spot to appreciate the beaches in Kerala is Bekal althouth the place is mostly famous for the Bekal Fort, built in the 17th century. With the Arabian Sea surrounding the fort, this is one of the greatest views you will have in Kerala. Actually, many indian movies were filmed there. The weather will certainly please you and the serenity of the place will captivate you. Note that if you are looking for a family destination, Bekal should also be on your list.
Not too far from Bekal is another of the top destinations in Kerala, Kannur. A little bit off the beaten track, Kannur will make you want to stay hours looking at the beautiful beaches. These are some of hidden jewels of Kerala. This is another good spot to go with your family and a great romantic getaway. You can either stay in a homestay although there are also resorts with some cheap vacation packages.
There is a reason why Amrithapuri is listed as one the best places to visit in Kerala : this is where the famous Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission is. Have you heard of it? This is the ashram of India’s female guru, Amrithanandamayi. You might also know her as the « Hugging Mother ». Many spiritual seekers, backpackers, solo travelers, families and more go to this ashram to medidate and with some luck, to meet the Hugging Mother herself. Not only should you come while visiting Kerala, but you should also put this place on your bucket list of your whole trip in India.
As you probably know now, Kerala is a wonderful state to admire wildlife. Indeed, the green jungles are home of many animals. One the best wildlife sanctuary in India is Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Thekkady. This is why you don’t want to miss this destination. Of course, you will be able to spot wild elephants, but you will also be able to see many other species such as bison, sambar and wild boar. If you are lucky, you might even see some tigers. Go for a safari and if you have the time, make a stop to the spice plantations.