Kerala has a lot of charisma with its stunning beaches on the Malabar Coast, green patches of coffee and tea plantations, and its intertwining backwater canals. As you embark on your journey across Kerala’s landscapes, you experience its unique culture, cuisine and people. Rich in heritage, abundant in wildlife and tropical charm, Kerala will give you that relaxed, laid-back vacation that you are looking forward to. Here are some of our five hand-picked must see destinations in Kerala:
Anamudi: In Kerala’s Idukki district lies the Anamudi Hills which stands at 2,695 metres and is the highest peak in South India. The hillside is filled with several flowers, shrubs and wildlife that are unique to the region. The view at the top is breath-taking with large amounts of tropical forests that deck the landscape. Tigers, leopards, macaques and the langur are found in this region.
Trivandrum: The State’s capital, largest port and city centre is home to a number of heritage sites, architectural marvels and several art galleries. An hour’s drive from Trivandrum will take you to the Poovar Island that is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. At the Poovar Island Resort, you can choose to stay on a floating cottage or on land. Enjoy sun-kissed beaches and coconut palms that sway in the breeze with a view of emerald ocean in the horizon.
Periyar Tiger Reserve: Thekkady is home to Kerala’s largest tiger reserve. The Periyar Tiger Reserve is also home to the Indian elephant, deer, wild boars and lion tailed macaques. Enjoy the popular boat rides in this park and stock up on spices and herbs when you pass by the spice town of Kumily. The reserve is known for its treks and walks as it encompasses most of Thekkady.
Alappuzha Backwaters: A stop-over at the backwaters at Alappuzha will take you through a large expanse of paddy fields and beaches. Travel by a typical Kerala houseboat through the maze of canals and lakes. In Alappuzha, you can also enjoy beaches and riverlets that dot the region. The district is famous for boat races, coir products and its thriving marine industry.
Wayanad: Wayanad which translates to the ‘land of paddy fields’ is known for its waterfalls, plantations and wildlife. The district lies in the Western Ghats at a height of 2100 metres. It is home to indigenous tribes. There are several Wayanad Resorts in the region that would spoil you for choice and help you experience local cuisine, music and dance. Savour Chemeen Biriyani, appams and stew, Puttu with Kadala curry and Pattri with vadas and gravy, and sweets like Halwa.
Kerala never fails to surprise you with its white sandy beaches, tropical paradises, rich historical treasures, green scapes and spice plantations. Here’s our list of the 5 must see places in God’s Own Country which will give you a glimpse of the best of Kerala on your next trip!