Top 12 Places to Visit in Kerala

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Kerala is truly one of the best holiday destinations with the silken sand, gently crashing waves, dense coconut groves and inland spice plantations and the enchanting backwaters .  A Kerala holiday would definitely rejuvenate you when you return back home. Keep reading to know more about this perfect holiday destination and the top things to so in Kerala.

1. Victorian Museums and Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple

in Thiruvananthapuram

The state capital Thiruvananthapuram has lots of sightseeing spots for the tourists. The modern style architecture and antique monuments compliment each other. Whenever you happen to be in this city, visit Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple in the heart of the city. The temple has a strict dress code to be adhered to. The Napier Museum with beautiful meadows and splendid landscapes surrounding it is also a must visit. Boating at Veli Lagoon is also recommended for families.

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2. Enjoy the Beaches at Kovalam

Around half an hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam beach is truly a marvel in itself. Kovalam is a globally renowned beach destination with three crescent beaches right next to each other. An enormous rocky promontory here creates a lovely serene bay with tranquil waters that is ideal for sea bathing and swimming. There are numerous leisure options by the beach that includes sunbathing, herbal messages, cultural programmes and catamaran cruise.

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3. HouseBoat Cruise in Backwaters in Alleppey

Alleppey is very well known for boating in the backwaters – a must do thing in Kerala. Blue flowers of water hyacinth make the experience of canoe boating and ferry boating even more amazing. You can enjoy a superb ride from Alleppey to Kottayam. Houseboats are also available for couples and large group of tourists. You can even enjoy boat races in the months of August and September.

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4. Hike Through The Tea plantations in Munnar

Munnar is a beautiful hill station of Kerala. The smell of tea is the main highlight over here. The highest peak in South India Anamudi is located here. There are many places around Munnar that you ought to visit. Some of them include Pothanmedu for enormous plantations of tea, coffee and cardamom. Devikulam, meaning “The Pond of Goddess“, is a serene hill station with a natural mineral water lake known as Sita Devi Lake.

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5. Spot Wildlife in Thekkady

Amidst the high ranges of Idukki district is located Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a number of wild animals like gaur, elephants, sambhar, deer and wild boar. The magnificent artificial lake  formed by the Mullai Periyar Dam across the Periyar River and is truly a beautiful site for boating. You can even visit Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary.

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6. Discover the Ancient temples and monuments at Ernakulam

Ancient temples, monuments and other places of historical significance are the main attractions at Ernakulam. It is a must visit if you are interested in history. You can get your fill at Ernakulam through the ancient Portugal and Dutch monuments and the early British structures. You can even shop for your souvenirs from South India from here.

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7. Fall in Love With Backwaters and Spice Plantations at Kottayam

Backwater cruise from Allepey to Kottayam is totally a delightful adventure. Kerala’s spice and rubber trade is majorly carried out through Kottayam. If you happen to be there in March, check out the Thirunakkara Utsavam Festival that is held at the Thirunakkara Shiva Temple. The famous Vembanad Lake makes Kottayam backwaters a famous tourist destination.

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8. Get Spiritual At Sabarimala

November to January is the best time to visit the pilgrimage place Sabarimala. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ayyappa over here. The Makara Jothi Festival is also held at this place somewhere between November to January.

9. Rock cut caves and picnic spots in Kollam

Rock cut caves, temples, monuments and picnic spots are all synonymous to Kollam. It is mainly a pilgrimage center for people seeking solitude and peace. Sri Mahaganpathy temple in Kottarakara is a must visit for people worshipping Lord Shiva and Ganpathy. You can visit Thangasseri and check out the awesome Portuguese fort that is almost in ruins today. Another place worth visiting is the unique Parabrahma temple at Ochira. It is around 34 kilometers from Kollam. The temple has no idol or deity. It promotes universal consciousness worshiping.

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10. Spot Nilgiri Thar at Eravikulam National Park

Nilgiri Thar, the mountain goat, can be spotted at Eravikulam National Park that is around 16 kilometers from Munnar. You can click wonderful pictures of these goats grazing amidst the hills. The picturesqueness of this place along with the spotting of various wildlife species would surely make your Kerala holiday memorable.

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11. Appreciate the Temples in Alappuzha

Oodles of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna are located here. Check out the remarkable temple of the Sun god, also known as Lord of nature. Eramathoor Pattambalam Adhichavattom Soorya Temple in Alapuzzha district is a must visit if you are on a Kerala holiday.

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12. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and Yoga

Kerala is one unique place where you can experience the best of ancient Indian traditions -Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. There are various wellness resorts in Kerala within all budgets that offer amazing packages of holistically healthy vacations along with awesome sightseeing options. Its moderate climate, natural richness of herbal plants and forests and the cool monsoons are ideal for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative packages.

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Kerala has lots to offer to the voracious eyes of the travel enthusiasts. Lots of splendor awaits you at God’s own country. Also when in Kerala do not miss out on the awesome coastal food and the local style sea food  here.  Now you know how to make the most of Kerala holiday.

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