Breathtaking Places to Visit in Kerala | Tourist Places in Kerala

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There is every reason why Kerala is called “God’s Own Country”. This blessed land with eye-popping scenery, serene backwaters of Kerala and pristine Kerala beaches can leave anyone spellbound. A trip to Kerala is something that you must do at least once in a lifetime.

Here’s a sample of what’s in store for you in Kerala Tourism!

List of Place to Visit in Kerala Trip

  • Kochi
  • Kathakali Performance
  • Willingdon Island
  • Varkala Beach, Varkala
  • Anjengo Fort
  • Sivagiri Mutt
  • Munnar
  • Kovalam
  • Lighthouse Beach
  • The German Bakery
  • Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour
  • Guruvayur
  • Wayanad
  • Alleppey

1. Kochi

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One of the main attractions of Kerala is its natural port in Kochi. This place is busy buzzing with activity all through the year. Open to Arab, Chinese and European merchants, the port handles conventional and bulk cargo. The Cherai beach, located 30kms away from Kochi and facing the Arabian sea is another tourist attraction in Kochi Kerala.

Places to Visit in Kochi:-

  • Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and undoubtedly Kochi’s most recognizable sight, has been there since the 14th century and is remarkably still in use today. This Place is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.

  •  Jew Town

Jew synagogue was built in 1568 and is one of the oldest active synagogues. Aromatic Jew Town is the center of spices trade in Kochi and the air is filled with the heady waft of masala. This synagogue is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town. It’s a fabulous neighborhood for photography. These days, you won’t find many Jews left though. Its interior is resplendent with chandeliers, gold pulpit and imported floor tiles.

  • Dutch Palace

The Dutch Palace it is also known as Mattenchery Palace, is near to the Jew town. It was built in 1555 A.D by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma, MahaRaja of Kochi. It has a huge collection of Kerala Temple murals, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. It’s a must visit place.

  • Kathakali Performance

Kathakali is a very rare and ancient form of dance-drama that’s traditional heritage to Kerala. The kathakali performers are required to undergo intense training, including hours of eye exercises, when learning the art of Kathakali.

  •  Ayurveda

Kerala is also world famous for its natural Ayurvedic medicine. There are a number of options for getting an Ayurvedic treatment in Kochi like the Fort Ayurveda spa, at the Fort House hotel in Fort Kochi, receives great reviews and offers reasonably priced traditional Ayurvedic therapies. You can check out Agastya Ayurveda Massage and Wellness Center on Princess Street as well. On Vypeen Island, AyurDara specializes in longer term Ayurvedic treatments.

  •  Vypeen Island

If you want to take a boat ride, take the ferry from Fort Kochi out to Vypeen Island, around four kilometers off the coast. The main attraction there is Cherai beach, on the northern tip there Magic offers Kerala Seafood Trail.

  • Marine Drive

Marine Drive is very popular meeting Jaunt for locals. This scenic pathway is build facing the Vembanad Lake. The walkway has two recently built bridges and the sunset view from here is simply amazing.

  •  Cherai Beach

Cherai beach is located in Vypin Island, Kochi. Cherai Beach is one of the beautiful beaches facing the Arabian Sea.  It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the long sandy beach!

  • Hill Palace Museum

Hill Palace Museum is one of the Kerala’s first heritage museums and is also the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. It was built in 1865 by the administrative headquarters of Kochi Rajas.

  • Willingdon Island

Willingdon Island is a man-made island built in 1933 under the supervision of Sir Robert Bristow. Now, the Cochin Port Trust and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command function here. There are beautiful walkways and jetties on this island. Embarkation Jetty has a walkway and a jetty close by. This is a great place to enjoy a leisure walk over sunset. You can also see the famous Chinese fishing nets which are used for fishing since the early 13th century.

2. Varkala

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This coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram district is an ideal place for nature lovers. Situated between Alleppey and Kovalam, this place is one of the main tourist places in kerala, is perfect to relax and get into a peaceful state. There are some adventurous things to try like paragliding and late night parties. If you love to experiment, then Varkala will certainly captivate you.

Places to visit in Varkala

  • Varkala Beach, Varkala

Varkala Beach, also known as the Papanasam Beach, is located in the Varkala town of Thiruvananthapuram District. The beach is an ideal location for sunbathing and swimming. Surrounded by lush green areas and golden sands, the beach lies in South Kerala backwaters at the north-end border of the district. This Kerala beach also attracts people for its beautiful views of dusk and dawn. It is also known for a fresh water spring, which is located at a cliff.

The black part of the sand on the Varkala Beach contains Thorium-oxide which is a radioactive substance. Thorium and Thorium-oxide and its isotopes are found all over Kerala and can be identified by its black colour.

  • Janardhana Swamy Temple

Janardhana Swamy Temple is one of the religious sites to visit in Kerala, Varkala which was constructed about 2000 years ago. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has drawn Hindu pilgrims to Varkala for centuries. An interesting feature of the temple is its bell which was taken off a Dutch shipwreck and donated by the captain of the vessel that sank near Varkala without any casualties.

Historians state that the original temple was destroyed by tidal waves, while the present structure was built by the Pandyan king on the same site as the original temple. Vavu Bali is the festival that is celebrated at the temple during new moon day in the month of Karkkidakam, a month in the Malayalam calendar.

  • Varkala Tunnel

Varkala Tunnel, also known Varkala Turuthu, is one of the historic sites of the region. This site was constructed by the British with a length of around 924 feet, the tunnel played a vital role in transferring ferry goods and people from Thiruvananthapuram to Kollam during the pre-independence era. This tunnel took around 14 years to complete.

The tunnel is located under the main cliff of the region and represents the architectural excellence of the workers and engineers of that era.

  • Kappil Beach

Kappil Lake, one of the major magnetism of Varkala, is located at a distance of around eight kilometers north of Varkala. The lake is referred as the meeting point of Kappil Lake and Arabian Sea. Spread with dense coconut groves, the lake presents a view of the backwater that merges with the Arabian Sea.

You can enjoy the houseboat trip and backwater cruises against the picturesque backdrop of the setting sun. Kerala tourism has set up the Kappil Boat Club from where pedal or motor boats can be hired.

  • Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt is one of the main attractions and a famous Ashram in Varkala, founded by the philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The Samadhi of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days 30 December to 1 January. The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala.

The Sivagiri Mutt is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization of his disciples and saints, established by the Guru to propagate his concept of ‘One Caste, One Religion, One God’. Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding and rituals mark the Guru Jayanti celebrations.

  • Anjengo Fort

Anjengo Fort, one of the leading charms of Varkala, is a testimonial to many historic events and links related to the colonial rule in the region. Situated in the vicinity of Varkala town, the fort is believed to have been constructed between the 17th to 18th centuries.

The name is believed to be derived from a small land with five coconut trees, which was given to the East India Company by the Queen of Attingal on lease.

The period of construction of the fort can be estimated by the oldest buried grave dating to 1704. Presently, the fort remains in ruins but stands as a testimony to the fact that many foreign invaders had tried to capture it for getting a firm footing in Kerala.

3. Kovalam

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A favorite honeymoon destination among newlyweds, Kovalam is home to beautiful beaches and seaside resorts. The famous Lighthouse beach is the biggest tourist attraction here. Sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing and swimming are some activities that can be enjoyed. Ayurvedic massages and exquisite sea foods offered here will make your trip way too memorable.

Places to Visit in Kovalam:-

  • Lighthouse Beach

The Lighthouse is located at the southern end of Kovalam Beach, at a hillock named Kurumkal  Lighthouse beach is characterized by its 35 meter tall Lighthouse and is one of the major tourist hotspots in the city. The beach is the largest of the 3 beaches in Kovalam and is frequented mostly by the foreign tourists due to it being more developed.

Tourists visiting this lighthouse can climb the 142 spiral stairs to reach the observation platform, from where views of Beemapalli Mosque and Poovar are available.

  • Hawah Beach

Hawa Beach, popularly known as Eve’s Beach, Quiet interestingly, the Hawah Beach was named during the time when it got famous as the 1st and only topless beach India. The name Hawah translates to ‘the wind’ and is a pun on the topless European women that used to roam on the beach. Sadly (for men), topless bathing is banned now, but the beach still retains its natural beauty which is also a nice thing.

Swimming is not preferred at this beach as the currents are quite strong. Tourists can be seen sunbathing and getting herbal massages at this beach. Catamaran rides can also be availed at Hawa Beach.

  • Samudra Beach

Samundra Beach, which is just 4 km north of Kovalam, is a popular attraction unlike the other two is the most sparsely populated beach in Kovalam and is mostly used by fishermen. The beach owes its name to Hotel Samudra, which is operated by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.

The beach is best for people who like to spend some quiet time and meditate amidst the sounds of the sea. Bathing alone is not advisable as the beach is often vacant and the shore is a bit rocky.

  • The German Bakery

One of the best mid-priced eateries in Kovalam, the German bakery is located on the Lighthouse beach. The German bakery is famous for its marvelous breakfast menu and is one of the best places to spend the sizzling evening with your friends. The Pancakes and shakes are totally worthy.

  • Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is a 2000-year-old temple, which is based on the banks of River Karamana. This temple is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Parasurama, who is believed to be the mythological creator of Kerala.

  • Karamana River

Karamana River, which is located around 14.2 km away from Kovalam, is a popular attraction. This river originates at the southern tip of the Western Ghats at Agastyar Koodam and flows through Thiruvananthapuram into the Arabian Sea. The river is one of the best places to visit in Kovalam to experience the fruits of nature that Kerala has been blessed with.

  • Vellayani Lake

The Largest freshwater lake in Trivandrum, the Vellayani Lake is another amazing picnic spot in Kovalam. The water in the lake is amazingly calm and crystal clear. The lake is best viewed during a moonlit night or during the annual boat race during the festival of Onam.

  • Halcyon Castle

The beautiful Halcyon Castle, also known as Kovalam Palace was built in 1932 by the regent, M.R. Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, consort of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi as a perfect summer retreat for the whole family. Today, although the castle is converted into a luxury hotel, few areas can still be visited by non-guests for a fee.

  • Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour or Vizhinjam Village

Vizhinjam Beach was originally a commercial center for the Europeans, Portuguese and the Dutch, who used to trade with the native kings. Located at a short distance of 3 kilometers, the Vizhinjam Village is one of most famous Ayurvedic centers in Kovalam. Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour is also known as Vizhinjam Village The village which is famous for its ayurvedic centers, rock cut temples and beaches.

4. Munnar

Prepare to be awestruck by the vast tea plantations of Munnar. This heavenly abode is a dream come true for all tea lovers. Get to experience how tea is planted, picked and processed. You can also try out fresh tea straight from the tea gardens.

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The area is blessed with beautiful forests full of exotic plants and animals. Munnar is home to the rare Nilgiri tahr – a species which has a close resemblance to deer.

5. Guruvayur

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The famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is located here. It is said that the Guruvayur temple idol is more than 5,000 years old. This place is a natural tourist attraction and is home to large herds of elephants. You can see huge procession of elephants during the famous Ekadasi Vilakku – which happens 24 times in a year.

6. Wayanad

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Stretching along the Western Ghats is the green mountainous region called Wayanad. The thick forests, lovely open fields, coconut palms and beautiful peaks make this place an instant attraction. The region is also famous among adventurers because of its rough terrain.

Some exciting things to do include trekking, sightseeing, wildlife spotting and exploring historic locations. Budget accommodations here are extremely luxurious and you would love it if you love travelling!

7. Alleppey (Alapupuzha)

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The gateway to backwaters in Kerala, Alleppey also called as Alapuzzha by locals, is often compared to Venice because of the abundance of waterways. The snake boat race which is held in the month of August is something you must not miss. You can also rent a boathouse and spend your day stress-free by looking at the scenic beauty you are surrounded with in this place.

There is more to Kerala than just all these. Pack your bags and go visit God’s paradise for a first hand experience. We bet you’ll love it!

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