Kerala, on the south-west sea coast in South India, is often referred to as ‘God’s own country’. It is rich in distinctive traditions and culture, and lush unspoiled tropical beauty. Most of all, Kerala is known for its elephants, elaborate temple festivals, and the tranquil backwaters. It is a perfect place for a leisurely vacation.
Most attractive tourist spots in Kerala
Fort Kochi: It known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’, is an enchanting city that bears an eclectic influence. Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese have all left their mark there. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi attract most of the visitors to the area. In fact, it is an excellent place to explore on foot or bicycle.
Varkala Seabeach: It is a breath-taking sight with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the clifftop. It is not surprising that Varkala is one of the best beaches in India.
Kovalam Seabeach: It is a famous tourist spot in Kerala. It is enriched with small imposing cliffs that provide a beautiful landscape.
Wayward: It is a bright green mountainous region that stretches along the Western Ghats. It has a great deal of scenic appeal with abundant coconut palms, thick forests, paddy fields, and lofty peaks that form the beautiful landscape. On account of the nature of its terrain, the area also has much to offer adventure enthusiasts. Popular attractions include trekking to Chembra Peak and Meanmutty Falls, exploring old Jain temples, climbing to Edakkal Caves, and wildfire spotting at Muthango and Tholpetty Wildfire Sanctuaries. Another highlight of Wayward is the cluster of many delightful homestays in the area.
Kerala Backwaters: It is one of the most tranquil and relaxing things you explore in Kerala. You can take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals. Freshly cooked Indian food onboard the boat makes the experience even more enjoyable. You can spend the night out in the middle of the lake. Simply wonderful!
Munnar: It is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its tea plantations. There is a tea museum even. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildfire. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and paragliding. The 10 Munnar Hotels and homestays offer diverse accommodations.
Periyar National Park: It is one of the most popular National Parks in South India. Periyar is renowned for its elephants, and 30-minute elephant rides through the jungle. Safaris are carried out by boat, with the lake being particularly captivating at sunset. Visitors can also take part in an excellent variety of eco-tourism activities too. One of the best things about the park is that it stays open throughout the year, even during the monsoon season.
Mattancherry: It is an old neighbourhood full of colonial buildings. You will find it fascinating if you are into history. The main attraction there is the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 and then renovated by the Dutch in 1663.
Jew Town: It is the centre of the spice trade in Kochi. You can spend some time wandering through the streets and lanes and exploring the antique stores. It is a fabulous neighbourhood for photography too.
St. Francis Church: It is the landmark church in Fort Cochi. It is believed to be the oldest European-built church in India. However, it is most famous for the fact that it was the burial site of explorer Vasco De Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524 (his remains were later taken back to Portugal). The church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1503 and was subsequently claimed by the Dutch and British before passing into Indian hands.
Princess Street: Princess Street happens to be the place to go for people enjoying cafes, restaurants, bookstores and art galleries. It is one of the oldest streets in Fort Kochi and has become the main tourist strip.
Chinese Fishing Nets: Chinese Fishing Nets are undoubtedly Kochi’s most recognizable sights since the 14th century and are remarkably still in use today. Local fishermen will show you how they are operated in return for a small fee.
Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum: It is an enjoyable place if you want to learn about Kerala’s culture. It is a privately owned museum, opened in 2009, and located on the outskirts of Ernakulam. The three floors of the museum are packed full of artefacts that exhibit the State’s heritage. Its architecture is magnificent, and its entrance is made from the remnants of a temple and wooden carvings. Kerala art and dance forms are a focus there, with stage performances taking place at 6,30 pm daily.
So a tourist can feel very happy in visiting the tourist spots in Kerala in South-Western India.