Surrounded by the picturesque beaches, majestic hill stations, widespread alluring tea plantations, dense mysterious forests and of course the stunningly peaceful backwaters. Kerala is God’s own country! Kerala is a south Indian state located along the western coast, (specifically the south-western Malabar Coast) along the Arabian Sea.
Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, a family guy, a romantic soul or someone wanting to spend some time in solitude, this state is your perfect destination spot! Kerala occupies a place among ‘the top 10 paradises of the world’ list and ‘50 places of a lifetime’ list according to the National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Here, we tell you about the top 6 places you ought to see!!
1. Alappuzha Backwaters
Alappuzha Backwaters are located in Allappey District, Kerala. Lined by beautiful palm trees the backwaters make their way through the rice fields and reflect much warmth and light to calm your soul. To be engulfed by such serenity, you can hire a houseboat and sail your way through. Alappuzha Backwaters are especially popular among tourists. These maze-like canal networks take you on a joyride through the paddy rice fields and also offer you a sneak-peek into the backwater village life! A houseboat is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the beauty of backwaters. It is like the ‘Venice of the East!’ Also noteworthy are the boat-race festivals held during the winter months wherein hundreds of people row a single boat to the finish line!
Other major attractions in Allappey include Karumadikuttan (a statue of Buddha made of black granite built in the 10th century) and Mannarasala Sri Nagaraja Temple (an ancient renowned pilgrimage centre).
Located almost 1600 feet above sea level, Munnar is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station in South India popular for its sprawling tea plantations. The lush green tea farms at the backdrop of mist-covered hills a treat for your eyes! There isn’t anything better than sipping freshly plucked tea with cool breeze soothing your soul. Munnar is a delight for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With so much to explore including the Eravikulam National Park (which is also a world heritage site), Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Anamudi (the highest peak with dense forests providing shelter to unique varieties of flora and fauna) and Idukki Arch Dam (the largest arch dam in Asia and second largest Arch dam in the world) go trekking or exploring nature’s wonders and you’ll be amazed!
Wayanad is popularly called the “Green Paradise” and is home to over fifty tribes. The place is enriched with dense forests with trees and plants of immense medical importance. Wayanad is a place that will charm you with the exotic blend of natural beauty, tradition and wildlife. It includes major attractions such as the Eddakal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Sentinel Rockfalls and many more!
Thekkady is home to the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve that preserves variety of species such as the elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs and lion tailed macaques surrounded by a thick evergreen forest. At Thekkady you can observe wildlife either by a boat ride through the forest or an elephant ride or you could just take a walk in nature’s vicinity.
Kochi is a coastal town in Ernakulam district of Kerala located along the Arabian Sea. Ernakulam is known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea.’ It is a metropolitan area with a hint of British, Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese heritage bustling with some major IT giants and busy streets! A popular attraction is an ancient Fort Kochi which represents a blend of architectural styles of British, Portuguese, Chinese and Dutch. Other notable tourist spots in Kochi include Jewish Synagogue (a beautifully built ancient place of worship in Jew Town), Cherai Beach, Marine Drive, Mattancherry Palace and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basillica among others.
Varkala is a picture perfect beach with a cliff located on the seaside! Beach stalls, hotels and temples are located on the cliff and a spiralling stairway leads you down beside the enchanting waters of the Arabian Sea. At the beach you can enjoy the famous kerala ayurvedic massage while your skin soaks in the warmth of sun. It is a perfect place to spend time with family and friends and have fun.
Kerala with its hypnotising charm and an array of natural wonders is bound to captivate you.
Author Bio: A traveller, Rohit Agarwal is popular on the internet for his amazing travel-related experiences describing new, exotic places. His readers often say they have an urge to visit a place and feel the amazement at witnessing such fantastic places as he describes in his blogs at http://www.transindiatravels.com.