Kerala Tourist Places, Beaches and Travel Attractions


Kerala consist of a thin strip of coastal territory slopes down from the mountain Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation. Plantations and forests are everywhere. It is a land of industrious people who have the highest standard of literacy in the country, 9 out of 10 children now going to school. It is also an area where many cultures have met – Hindu and Muslim, Christian and Jew – and left their indelible marks on the land and its people.

It is a land of green landscapes, rich forests, rivers and palm trees. It is forest of beauty and stunning variety. It is a land famous for the classical dance from Kathakali; boat races during the festival Onam; the Kovalam beach and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady.

It is also known for boat rides along the backwater of Kerala. Imposing 18th century architecture of the Padmanabhapuram Place, the invigorating air of the hills of Ponmudi, Munnar and Peermade, the birthplace of great Sankaracharya at Kaladi, the Pazhasi Raja’s fabulous fortress, and the Perumanam Kotta are must see places. Kerala came into being in 1956 comprising the erstwhile princely state of Travancore-Cochin and Malabar Coastal district of Madras.

When to visit: November to April

Airports: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram

Places of Interest

Alleppey: The ‘Venice of India’ Terminus of inland waterways from north and south. Onam snake boat races (August/September).

Alwaye (Aluva): Industrial town, Pilgrim centre, swimming.

Kozhikode (Calicut): Historical port where Vasco-da-Gama landed, Churches and Mosques, Handloom textiles.

Cannannore (Kannur): Fort, Beach, Handlooms, Palace.

Cheruthuruthy: Kathakali and Mohiniattam dance centre (Kerala kala Mandalam, dance acadmy).

Ernakulam-Kochi-Cochin: Twin cities, Fort Cochin –the oldest European settlement in India, Churches (Vasco-da-Gama’s tomb) Chinese fishing nets, Jew town, Palaces, Museum.

Guruvayur: Hindu pilgrim centre.

Kaladi: Birth place of Adi Shankaracharya, Pilgrim centre, Shrine and Ashram.

Kodungallur: Historic town, India’s first Mosque, Kottapuram where St. Thomas the Apostle landed, Hindu pilgrim centre, Fort, Palace, Temples.

Kottayam: Churches, Syrian Christian pilgrim centre, Cultural centre.

Kovalam: Major Beach resort, Catamaran riding.

Malampuzha: Picnic site by Dam, Gardens, River Cruise, Fish farms.

Munnar: Hill station, Plantations, Golf course.

Pirmed: Hill resort, Plantations.

Pon Mudi: Hill station, Spa, Tea Estates, Scenic beauty.

Quilon (Kollam): Start of Inland waterways, ruins of Forts (Thangasseri), Palaces, Chinese fishing nets and ‘Pagoda’ boats, boating.

Sabarimala: Hindu pilgrim centre, festival in December/January.

Sultan Bathery: Hill stations, Coffee plantations, Fort.

Thekkadi: Periyar, National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, Season – September to May, game spotting from boat.

Trichur (Trissur): Temples, Pooram festival (Elephant Umbrella comptetion), Cultural centre, Zoo, Fort, Palace, Churches.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Temples, Palaces, Zoo, Art Gallary, Museum, Golf course, Aquarium.

Varkala: Temple, Samadhi of Sri Narayana Guru, Mineral springs, Pilgrim centre, Anjengo Beach.

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