Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Even though COVID-19 has taken over half the globe, I am sure everyone wants to travel to their favorite places. I have always wanted to visit Kerala, rightfully sobriquet as God’s Own Country. Its unparalleled attractions, beautiful spots, and scenic places make it one of the best cities to visit in a lifetime. You can stay at peaceful Ayurvedic resorts and enjoy the tea gardens, rumbling waterfalls, picturesque hamlets, and dense hill stations. Kerala overflows in bliss and beauty.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

The city will surely give you an indelible experience. But, it could get overwhelming if you are visiting the city for the first time. So, I have listed the top 10 places to visit in Kerala. If you are planning to visit the city, these places won’t let you down.

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10. Kovalam

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Kovalam is known for its sandy beaches, so if you are a fan of beaches, you know where you ought to visit. The excellent resorts are surrounded by dense green vegetation and innumerable coconut trees. It is known to be the center of Ayurvedic healing, so if you want to feel rejuvenated, Kovalam should be one of your stops in the city.

9. Wayanad

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala
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Wayanad is one of Kerala’s main hill stations. It is surrounded by coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom, and other spices. If you want to explore the ‘real’ nature, Wayanad boasts natural wonders such as dams, caves, lakes, and waterfalls. The weather is cool so that it will be a perfect place to cool off your head. Make sure to visit Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can find wildlife species such as Bison, Bears, Cheetah, and Spotted Deer.

8. Thrissur

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala
Athirappilly Waterfalls

‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’ is the moniker given to Thrissur, making it one of the top 10 places to visit in Kerala. You will find various temples, churches, cultural festivals, and cultural centers. Witness Kerala’s heritage, culture, and history in Thrissur. It is also home to one of the oldest places of human dwellings. Thrissur’s vibrant Pooram Festival is one of the significant attractions that attract visitors. Moreover, there are numerous remains of dolmens and megaliths that belong to the Neolithic period.

7. Kozhikode

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Kozhikode, formerly known as Calicut, is well-known for its natural beauty and bliss, historical sites, culture, educative institutions, and edible adventures. Kozhikode heavily shaped up India’s colonial era. Even the British and Dutch colonial eras left a powerful influence on the city. Foodies can explore genuine Malabar food in the city. The food items that you’ll find in the city will positively make your mouth water. This city is a beauty that boasts its ancient legacy. The city will make for an ideal holiday.

6. Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Thekkady ranks among the top places to visit in Kerala. It is natural heaven blessed with wilderness snuggled amid the lush greenery of Western Ghats. The forests of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, besides the Periyar Lake, are a well-known tourist delight. Besides, coffee and spice plantations are truly amazing. Periyar, one of the 27 Tiger Reserves in India, is inhabited by almost 35 species of fauna, like elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs, etc. Also, almost 265 species of birds inhabit the greenery. Besides, you can enjoy the wildness with activities like safari, jungle patrol, bamboo rafting, jungle camp, border hiking, etc.

5. Kumarakom

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Paradise is the right word to define Kumarakom. This hamlet boasts of delightful weather and enticing sceneries. Its backwaters are bordered by villages, pristine paddy fields, and coconut grooves. Take houseboat rides to relax your mind. Kumarakom is known for its sumptuous authentic food. Animal lovers can visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The hamlet is also home to many bird species, including the Siberian storks.

4. Thiruvananthapuram

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Also known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the most culturally prosperous section of the state. The city has been ruled by various rulers who have left their mark. Even though the city is modern in every way, its heritage still attracts people who can see the culture in the form of the city’s architecture. Visit the Kowdiar Palace, previously Travancore royal family’s official dwelling.

3. Fort Kochi

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Fort Kochi is said to be a direct gateway to God’s Own Country. Its multi-ethnic culture, heritage, and history make it a must-visit place. History buffs, nature lovers, and tourists can equally enjoy this destination in the state of Kerala. Be it food, sight-seeing, churches, museums, food, palaces, churches, art galleries, and beaches make Fort Kochi tempting. The cuisines are truly mouthwatering.

2. Munnar

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

Munnar is a magnificent hill station which is situated on Nallathanni Rivers and Muthirapuzha, Kundalas’ convergence. This place is preferred by honeymooning couples due to its scenic views; Munnar is also one of the world’s most romantic places. The hill station is sprawling with lovely lakes, rolling hills, tea plantations and aromatic spice plantations, lovely lakes, mountain brooks at Agasthyakoodam, etc. The hill-station makes for an ideal holiday.

1. Alleppey

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala

The city of Alleppey is known for its alluring backwaters. Also known as Alappuzha, its backwaters are a labyrinth of lakes, rivers, and brackish canals. Cruise the backwaters while relishing the houseboats or Kettuvallams. It also provides a flavor of standard Kerala cuisine. Visit the picturesque churches and temples that beautify Alleppey. Don’t miss this place since it will make you feel like you are visiting heaven.

FAQs

Which is the most beautiful city in Kerala?

Kozhikode, formerly known as Calicut, is said to be the most beautiful city in Kerala. Malabar Coast is a must-visit place in the city. You get to explore history and nature.

Which one is the most beautiful district in Kerala?

Idukki, one of Kerala’s districts, is the most beautiful district in Kerala. It is situated in the western ghats of Kerala. The forests cover about 97% of the district’s total area.

Which is the cleanest city in Kerala?

Wayanad’s Sulthan Bathery is said to be the cleanest city in Kerala. Its roads are spotless, and citizens keep it clean by selling their garbage to the municipality in order to make fertilizer. In lush Wayanad, Suthan Bathery is credited with being ‘Kerala’s cleanest town.’

What is the famous food in Kerala?

When you visit Kerala, you must try Appam with stew, Puttu and kadala curry, Karimeen pollichathu, Erissery or pumpkin, and lentil curry, Palada payasam, Malabar Parotta with Kerala beef curry, Thalassery biriyani, etc.

How many days are enough for Kerala?

You would at least need a minimum of 4 days to explore Kerala as a tourist. For a family trip, extend the trip up to 8 days and 7 nights.

Conclusion

These are some of the top 10 places to visit in Kerala. Be its serene backwaters, tea and spice plantations, or the god-like scenery, Kerala should be on everyone’s traveling bucket list. All the places make Kerala ‘God’s Own Country.’ Unwind in the sanitary climes and get tanned on the balmy sea beaches.

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