While the other Indian and western counterparts are in a cut-throat competition to attract a larger number of tourists, Kerala outshines all with its splendor and pleasant atmosphere. Let alone the heaven above clouds, the god’s own country has all the spell casting qualities for a place to be called the heaven on Earth.
Kerala’s lifeblood lies in its profound oceans, which are the cleanest beaches in India. That being said, Munnar is the most sought after places for horizon kissing tea gardens and the heart-melting mountains. That apart, Kovalam, which is in the capital of Kerala and Alleppey, renowned for housing the largest backwaters in the country, both complies with the idea of divine beauty.
Here are the places to visit in Kerala
You’ll have to keep Cochin center stage for traveling to any corner of the state as it has the most convenient transport link with almost all the big cities in the country.
Munnar is the next spot after Cochin which is a tourist attraction for the vast span of tea plantations and the pleasant climate throughout the year. Tea gardens stretch till your eyes can see which mostly fall in the property of the Tata tea company, a famous tea producer of the country.
- Some key tourist spots in Munnar:
- Eravikulam National Park: The most endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr is found here in this park. Trekking facilities are available and the hills overlook the huge tea plantations.
- Anamudi Peak: Belongs to the Forest and Wildlife authorities of Eravikulum which is located at a height of 2700m from sea level. It is also the highest peak in south India.
- Tea Museum: The Museum offers a glimpse into Munnar’s legacy in tea plantation and production. The museum is home to curious, photographs and machinery of the bygone days of great tea production.
Other places to visit in Kerala are Chinnakanal & Anayirangal, Pallivasal, Mattupetty, etc.
Aleppy is a must on every tourist’s bucket list while visiting Kerala for its rhapsodic water body largely called the backwaters, where one can easily rent a boat and enjoy the view of the evening lights melting in the water. Aleppy is also a photographer’s paradise.
Munnar has convenient road links with Aleppy and a night stay here is recommended to the tourists, preferably at the boathouse thus making no room for further regret.
Dating back to 1930s Europeans found Kovalam to be one of the beautiful beaches in India since then it is being visited by end number of British tourists throughout the year. Perhaps the cleanest beach in India, this is safe for sea bathing as well as a large rocky peninsula on the beach has created a fine-looking bay of calm waters. People here Sunbathe, swim, and go for herbal body massages, which again is the specialty of Kerala. This beach has an array of various leisure options, and cruising facilities can also be availed to have a gala time watching cultural fiestas mid-sea. The most recommended visit here is the Light House Beach, and all the luxury resorts have grown along the sea coastline. There are also Ayurvedic Health Resorts, Convention facilities, shopping zones, Swimming pools have curved their niche.
How to reach Kovalam: It takes four hours by road from Cochin to Kovalam.