Kerala is among the prominent tourist destinations in India and has distinct geographical features that provide the state a special place in the global tourist map. The land has borders that tower Western Ghats in the western direction as well as Arabian Sea in the east. The state is known for greenery all the year due to a network of forty four rivers.
These rivers, except three, have their origin in the Western Ghats and make a huge network of canals, inlets, streams, rivulets, estuaries, as well as backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala are a labyrinthine system consisting of lagoons as well as lakes linked through various canals. These backwaters have various tourist activities throughout the year.
Some of the finest tourist destinations of Kerala are:
Munnar rises as three mountain streams fuse – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station had been the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. One of the much sought after honeymoon places in Kerala, Munnar has resorts and lodging facilities that fit a wide range of budgets. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes as well as holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests as well as grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom again in 2030. Munnar also comprises highest peak in South India, Anamudi, with height over 2,695 m.
Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed a fine place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products as well as coir industry. Alappuzha Beach is a famous picnic spot. The pier, extending out to the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the beach attraction. There is also an old lighthouse nearby that intrigues all visitors.
Another fine experience while in Alappuzha is the houseboat cruise. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, referring to dwelling structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat having thatched roof covering over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices. AS of today, these houseboats are modernised giving you the feel of a luxury hotel in backwaters.
Cochin is a wonderful city with the exotic sight of Arabian sea. It is a city of heritage with churches, temples and various places of sightseeing like Broadway. You will have a wonderful night life here with bars and restaurants.
Guruvayoor is a famous temple of Sri Krishna and you can visit the temple from the city of Thrissur. It dates back to more than 5000 years.
1–Best place for one day trip in Kerala
If you want to visit Kerala for a single day, you can go to the city of Cochin and have a healthy nightlife.
2–How can I plan for five days in Kerala?
Kerala is vast and exotic with much to see in terms of natural beauty and heritage. Do proper planning by first landing in cities like Cochin or Thrissur or Thiruvananthapuram. From there you can plan your trips to different natural spots or heritage spots. It is advised to do the prior hotel booking.
3–Which is the most beautiful city in Kerala?
Cochin is the most beautiful city in Kerala.
4-How much does Kerala trip cost?
It depends on your budget. If it is budgeted, it may cost you around 10k INR for a single person provided you are seeing selected places and staying in low rented lodges. If it is luxury, sky’s the limit.
5-Which is the richest city in Kerala?
Cochin. It was a global trade center at the time of King Solomon.
6-Coolest place in Kerala?
Munnar is the very coolest place in Kerala.
7-Is Kerala expensive?
It depends on your lifestyle. You can have a full unlimited meal for your belly at just rs 50 also.
8-Which places are famous in Kerala?
Thiruvananthapuram for heritage and Kovalam for fine beach, Cochin for nightlife and Munnar for exotic beauty of mist and tea gardens.