Travelling is on everyone’s mind. We have a strong desire to escape to nature in order to disconnect from our hectic work lives and reconnect with nature. One such tourist destination is God’s Own Country, Kerala. The state is blessed by natural beauty and a rich culture.
If you are planning a visit to this beautiful state, do not miss these gorgeous places if you are planning a winter vacation with your family, friends, or a solo tour. Read on to find out why you should add these places to your list before you head to Kerala.
The border of Kerala’s greener region is formed by the lush paradise of Wayanad, the Land of the Paddy Fields, which is tucked away within the Western Ghats mountains. This place is beautiful and clean, charming and mesmerising, and rich in culture and history. This lush hill station lies 76 kilometres from Kozhikode’s seashores and is home to a variety of crops, forests, and animals. The Wayanad hills offer a large area for wild animals to roam in their natural habitat. It is also in a favourable location because it is surrounded by major South Indian tourist destinations, including Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg, and Kannur.
In Kerala’s Kottayam-Idukki border region, Vagamon is a hill town and a modest plantation township. It is located at 1,100 m above sea level. With an endless stretch of verdant hills, stunning gorges, and meandering rivers. An ideal tourist destination, Vagamon is located 1200 metres above sea level and is surrounded by tea gardens, fresh cool air, a whispering pine forest, little waterfalls, and picturesque meadows. Even getting to Vagamon is a remarkable experience. The winding route to Vagamon is carved out of solid rock and is bordered by pine woods. And as you descend over hills covered in greenery, you can see the sweeping plains thousands of feet below you.
Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, and Kurismala are a group of three stunning hills that make up the hill station and add to its allure. So, go to Vagamon Hill Station to get eternal happiness and tranquility. In contrast to other hill stations in Kerala, the Vagamon hill station offers you a distinctive and distinctive environment. The area is not only rich in natural beauty, but it also provides a location for spiritual activities. The serene surroundings and gentle wind that sweeps across the valley make it an ideal location for meditation.
Any traveller to India’s greatest wildlife sanctuary, Thekkady in Kerala, should make it a point to visit. A popular tourist destination is the 120-year-old “Surki” dam, also known as Poorna in Vedic lingo, erected across Peryiar. This sanctuary has an area of 777 square kilometers, and a 25-square-kilometer artificial lake surrounds it.
Thekkady, the only tiger reserve in the nation, is the ultimate repository for numerous endangered species and a vibrant tribal culture. It is home to an abundance of tropical flora and fauna. For those who adore nature in all of its wild expressions, Thekkady is a nice version of heaven on earth.
Thekkady is situated at a height of 700 metres above sea level. Thekkady, which is located in Kerala’s Idukki district, is the ideal hideaway for anyone who enjoys adventure, fun, wildlife, and the outdoors. Thekkady, which is tucked amid the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, has a lot to offer visitors. You may see Asian elephants, bison, sambar deer, boars, tigers, leopards, wild squirrels, lion-tailed monkeys, and other animals at the largest wildlife reserve.
There is a lot of tranquility and peace in Thekkady. Thekkady’s cool climate will revitalise both your body and mind. Thekkady is 4 kilometres away from Kumily, the closest town. Plan a leisurely stroll through this town.
Three mountain streams, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala, combine to form Munnar. This hill station, which is 1,600 metres above sea level, served as the former British Government of South India’s summer retreat. Munnar, one of Kerala’s most popular honeymoon destinations, with a wide variety of resorts and lodging options to suit a variety of budgets. This is a well-liked vacation town because of the vast tea plantations, charming towns, winding lanes, and holiday amenities. The Neelakurinji is one of the unusual plants that may be found in these forests and meadows. The next blooming of this flower, which once every twelve years bathes the hills in blue, will take place in 2030. Anamudi, which rises to a height of 2,695 metres, is the tallest peak in South India and is located in Munnar.
While you are here, do not miss out on Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Chinnakanaal and Anayirangal, Top Station, and the Team Museum.
A real dreamland, Kumarakom is a maze of backwaters with glistening water, the vibrant green of mangrove forests, coconut palms lining the embankments, azure skies, and flocks of migrating birds skimming the water. Kerala is one of the must-see locations in a lifetime, according to National Geographic Magazine, and is visited by more than seven million tourists annually. For the majority of these tourists, Kumarakom is a significant stopover. A group of islands make up this well-known tourist hotspot on the eastern shores of Lake Vembanad. Being surrounded by a vast lake on one side and a network of tranquil canals on the other, Kumarakom, a masterpiece made by man and nature together, occupies a special spot on the map of Kerala.
Kozhikode, the second finest city in India to live in, is a part of the most picturesque state in the country. This lovely city, also known as Calicut, is home to stunning beaches, parks, temples, churches, reserves, hillocks, museums, wildlife, sculptures, rivers, and much more. It is Kerala’s main hub for trade and business. Following the arrival of Vasco Da Gama in 1498, this location rose to prominence as one of the Malabar region’s most significant ports for the exchange of products between Europe and India, including spices, silk, and other goods. In Kozhikode, the terrain is swampy. Because of this, Kozhikode is also known internationally as Chullikkad, which translates to “shrubby jungle.”
The “city of spices” and the “city of sculptures” are two well-known nicknames for Kozhikode. If you didn’t visit the local markets in Kozhikode to buy spices like black pepper and cardamom, your trip there would be complete. Kozhikode is not merely what it is now because of the sculptures and spices. Kozhikode is a well-known tourist attraction because of its historical relevance and contemporary conveniences.
Attractions like Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Vellari Mala, Tali Temple, Tusharagiri Falls, Museums, Kadalandi Bird Sanctuary, Musical Fountain at Mananchira Square, Peruvannapuzhi Dam, Lion’s Park, Marine Water Aquarium, and SM Street are a few of the city’s top tourist attractions.
Three nearby crescent-shaped beaches make up the well-known Kovalam beach. Since the 1930s, travellers have made it their favourite hangout. A large rocky outcropping on the shore has formed a stunning harbour with calm seas perfect for swimming.
There are numerous and varied recreational opportunities at this beach. Some of them include sailing on a catamaran, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, and sunbathing. Life on the beach starts in the late afternoon and lasts far into the night. A stretch of inexpensive cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention centres, commercial areas, swimming pools, and yoga and Ayurvedic massage studios are all part of the beach complex.
For some people, Kochi has various meanings. Many see it as a developing cosmopolitan city with vibrant activity in the streets, theatres, malls, and skyscrapers; it is also the state’s business hub and has a distinctive fashion sense from the rest of the country, whether in terms of attire or way of life. Others view Kochi as a city with rich historical roots and streets that ooze old-world elegance; a city with stunning monuments and a diverse population of linguistic and ethnic groups, including Jews, Konkinis, Gujaratis, and others. Another group sees Kochi as a booming, expanding market that offers chances for development and fortune to all who approach her doors.
In summary, Kochi offers a fusion of modernity, old-world beauty, and a worldly perspective that simultaneously encourages continuity and change. Kochi has been an important port city for centuries, serving both Kerala and the Indian Peninsula. As the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi has welcomed ships from Asian and European nations to her harbour since the 14th century.
Regarding its topography, it is a haphazard mixture of plain terrain, coastal cities like Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, small islands, estuaries and backwaters, and hilly regions like those in Ernakulam. Kochi can captivate a visitor for days with its intriguing monuments, unique geography, and increasing cosmopolitan nature.
Idukki, a remote hill district in the Western Ghats, is endowed with natural beauty and peace. Idukki, one of Kerala’s naturally beautiful regions with vast mountains, lush valleys, and magnificent streams, is a haven for those who enjoy the outdoors and animals.
With its foggy hills and valleys clothed in the greenery of spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, and breathtaking waterfalls, Idukki is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. Idukki’s unspoiled charm is hard to resist.
Along with scenic beauty, this location also caters to adventure tourism. The ideal location for hiking and trekking is there. In Idukki, mountain trekking is particularly well-liked. In Idukki, elephant rides are a specialty.
The “Venice of the East” is Alappuzha. This lovely location is the centre of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a vast network of backwaters and more than a thousand houseboats, making it one of the greatest tourist destinations in Alleppey. The houseboats in Alappuzha’s backwaters are actually updated versions of the Kettuvallams from earlier eras. Tons of rice and spices were once transported by kettuvallams, boats with thatched roofs covering wooden hulls.
The contemporary houseboats provide all the amenities of a nice hotel room, including air conditioning, modern restrooms, comfortable living areas, kitchens, and even balconies for fishing. From a houseboat, one can see life in the backwaters, which are lined with coconut trees. With its relaxed waterways and rich vegetation, it’s the ideal location to unwind.
The Alappuzha beach’s 137-year-old pier that extends into the water and a historic Portuguese lighthouse from the 17th century contribute to the area’s allure. It is renowned for its coir industry, boat racing, and marine products.
Prepare to roam about the bus stop and the small but hectic city centre with its simple grid of canals. Alleppey becomes elegant and greenery-fringed as you travel west to the beach or virtually anywhere else near the backwaters. It then fades into a watery world of hamlets, punted canoes, toddy shops, and, of course, houseboats. Float along while admiring the lush green paddy fields, slender rice barges, and hamlet life along the banks. In fact, this is where nature has bestowed her richest gifts upon the country.
These places are definitely going to make you spellbound. It is advised that you take the local bus or the metro to travel in Kochi, but you will find autorickshaws to be more convenient while travelling in the other places of Kerala. Since these places are all far from each other, you can take the train or hire a cab at an affordable rate.
It is always good to use your connection while you are visiting a new place and learn a few words of the local language. ‘Namaskaram’ means hello in Malayalam. I hope you enjoy your stay in Kerala.