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If you are planning the much-awaited trip to Kerala, then make the best of it by marking the best places to visit in Kerala revealed here by our guest poster Bipin Baloni.
Dolled up in greenery, gleaming with swaying palm trees, and nurtured with stupendous atmosphere, Kerala in India calls out to explore the most exotic creation of the universe. The region’s alluring topography, fringed by the azure Arabian Sea on the eastern side, mighty Western Ghats, and scenic neighboring locations in the North and South make Kerala an ideal tourist destination.
This nature’s paradise opens doorways to spiritual seekers, adventure buffs, family vacationers, Ayurveda longers, and cultural tourers thus allowing every traveler to satiate their wanderlust to the fullest. The coastline of Kerala is a nurturing land of some of the most picturesque beaches of India such as Varkala, Kovalam, Thekkady, and is also a spot of hamlets.
The densely covered coconut plantations, the enchanting views of sunrise and sunset, the vast stretches of clean sandy beaches, the colorful houseboats, Kerala is a pleasure for the eye and the soul. Set your foot on this beautiful paradise and let your heart sink in its healing riches. Get touched by the spirit of Ayurveda, hum along with the backwater melodies, and purify your soul with the naivety of this land. So, go on and travel to some of the best places to visit in Kerala.
Here are my favorites for the Best Places to Visit in Kerala
The backwater hot-spot of Kerala -- Alleppey’s glistering backwater trips, luxurious houseboat stays, and profound natural beauty attracts thousands of tourist to its lap. Depicted as the ‘Venice of East’ by Lord Curzon, Alleppey harbors expanses of paddy fields, quaint chapels, fishing villages, and water lily lakes. The Alappuzha beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari beach, Sri Krishna temple, and Snake Boat Race are some of the crowd pullers here. Graced with magnificence and beauty, this place has always enjoyed recognition and maritime in the history of Kerala. Fulfilling every visitor's expectation in regard to pleasure and relaxation, it is a heaven on Earth. The serene charm of Alleppey is visible in its amazing backwater cruises providing the perfect view of the town. Natural flora and fauna along with life on the banks of the streaming rivers is a delight to watch. Check out our video of the beautiful Backwaters of Kerala.
A hill station in the southwest of Kerala, Munnar is one of the idyllic tourist places in Kerala. A kingdom of tranquility and breathtaking vistas, Munnar is the perfect spot to spend the summer vacation in the lap of windy lanes and sprawling tea plantations. Munnar rises as the three mountain streams merge: Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Within the exotic vegetation lies the Neelakurinji, a flower that blooms once in every twelve years and bathes the hills in soothing blue. Next, it will bloom in 2018. The hill station has the highest peak Anamudi an ideal spot for trekking. This 2018, venture to Munnar and witness the eternal beauty of Neelakurinji and trek the highest peak of South India. Eravikulam National park, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Tea Museum are some of the major attractions of this place that are hard to miss.
Scenically situated near the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a quaint hamlet with a pleasant climate, rich greenery, and exotic sceneries making it the loveliest of the Kerala destinations. Without worrying where to stay in Kerala, visit this place as it provides a mix of everything-- authentic Kerala cuisine, fresh air, love of locals, and fun. There is a lot to do: fishing, boating, cruising, and houseboat stay. Kumarakom houseboat stays offer privacy and serenity whereas the resorts in Kumarakom are mesmerizing. Kerala Ayurvedic Massage tops the list of things to do in Kumarakom. There are plenty of centers in Kumarakom that offer solitude and best Ayurvedic Therapies and Treatments.
Wayanad-- a Malayalam translation of ‘paddy fields’, is a viridescent place to visit in Kerala. Heavily nurtured by nature, culture, and atmosphere, Wayanad is a perfect blend of beauty and man-made heritage. This place is famous for its vibrant culture, tribal heritage, and traditions. The Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura hill, Puliyarmala Jain temple, etc., are some of the draw cards to the Wayanad.
Let all your love sprout for the animal kingdom as you visit the Thekkady, a place hidden in the thick forests and wild vegetation. Watch, love, and play with guars, sambars, elephants, deer, boars, and Great Indian tigers. Thekkady is favored abundantly with beauty and exotic wildlife. Periyar lake, Elephant junction, Mudra Culture Center, Kadathanadan Kalari center, etc., are some of the must-visit places in Thekkady. Thekkady is an enchanting place with thick jungles and rich plantations, better known as Tiger Reserve.
The best times to visit Kerala
This really depends on what you plan to do when you are here. December, January & February are cooler and drier, great for trekking, yet busier with tourists. March, April & May are hot and humid months and the rest of the year is the monsoon season which is perfect to come for Ayurvedic treatments.
Tour these places to further enhance your vacation in Kerala and get delivered unto the ‘Green Heaven.’
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