Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Photo Point Atukkad Waterfalls
Located at an altitude of around 1500-1600m above sea level, Munnar, the Kashmir of South India is your perfect escape from the scorching heat. Apart from being blessed with several exotic locations for tourists to choose from, Munnar also has rare species of flora and fauna to gaze at. The widespread tea estates somehow give a sense of peace and tranquillity from the usual pollution and noise. Don't forget to visit the Tata Tea Museum at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata tea, which displays various photographs and machinery.
Best Time: September to May
15 km north of Munnar, is an ideal place to witness the biodiversity, at the Eravikulam National Park in the Idukki district. It is the first of its kind in Kerala, which protects the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., the park has the largest population of Tahr and various other species of rare birds and animals. It has been reported, that it is during the months of November and December, one can spot these rare animals more frequently. Neelakurinji, one of the rare flowers, which only blooms once in twelve years, is also a part of this park.
Known For : Houseboats Alappuzha Beach Backwaters in Alleppey
Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, fishes, lakes and backwaters. A houseboat ride on the sparkling backwaters will take you away from the usual hustle-bustle and soaring temperatures of the city and into the calming and scenic surroundings where you can see the paddy fields, water lilies, ducks and small chapels along your path. The paddy fields are almost fully grown in November and hence, the fresh green fields leave you rejuvenated, while just looking at them.
Best Time: June to March
Known For : Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary Vagamon Meadows Pine Hill
With temperature ranging between 1 to 23 °C, Vagamon is an apt place to visit during the dry season of November to experience the cool mountain air and tranquillity. The view from here leaves you mesmerized while you gaze at the vast tea estates, winding paths and beautiful meadows below and around you. If you're not in time for the International Paragliding Festival of Vagamon, you can still experience paragliding here. Vagamon is popular for providing the tourists with various adventure activities, including trekking and other sports.
Best Time: Throughout the year
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Known For : Mattancherry Palace Fort Kochi Jewish Synagogue
Presently known as Kochi, Cochin is in the Ernakulam district and is one of the important seaports in India. While the air during this time of the year is dry, Kochi being surrounded by the sea provides you with a humid but cool breeze. Kochi offers a broad range of shopping commodities and recreational activities to choose from. It is often known as the best place to spend your money.
Best Time: July to April
Known For : Banasura Sagar Dam Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembra Peak
Wayanad, the 12th district in Kerala, is often known as The Land of Paddy Fields. Pristine and untouched, Wayanad is paradise for nature lovers. Sprawled all over the green and vibrant Western Ghats, Wayanad consists of the beautifully carved Edakkal Caves, the unique heart-shaped lake on Chembra Peaks, the gushing Meenmutty Falls and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Western Ghats give you a pleasant climate to enjoy your vacation due to its high altitude. The falls is refreshing in its own way to get away from the dry climate.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Nelliyampathy Hills Nenmara Vallanghy Vela Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Another beautiful hill station, Neliyampathy consists of long, scenic trekking paths, lemon, tea and cardamom farms and tall misty mountains. Being at a height of 1572m, it offers a pleasant climatic atmosphere along with lush evergreen forests mainly containing elephants, squirrels and bisons. Apart from the scenic views, Neliyampathy consists of the vast Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a large number of rare fauna species, especially during the beginning of this dry season, the never-ending Palagapandi Estate and the tall and mighty, Raja's cliff.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Poovar Beach Thirparappu Falls Vizhinjam
Poovar, a village located in Trivandrum is beautiful coastal hamlet and contains everything- sea, lakes and rivers. It forms the second last coastal point where the state of Kerala ends. While the rest of the state goes through a dry climate, Poovar has a breezy climate and offers you a change from the monotonous life. Here, you can spend your time cruising in the houseboats on the Neyyar River while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. You can also go to the Poovar beach for the perfect tan, that too when it is almost winter! Visit the Kuzhipallam Botanical Garden to discover new flora species and experience colourful surroundings.
Best Time: August to March
Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Backwaters Vellavali
A beautiful place loaded with mangrove forests, coconut palms, sparkling backwaters and a vast bird sanctuary, Kumarakom offers a cool climate in the otherwise dry weather of Kerala in November. Sailing through the Vembanad Lake while gazing at the surroundings and if you're lucky, spotting migratory birds seems like a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Kumarakom in mid-November. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom spreads over an area of 14 acres where you can spot a large variety of animal species, especially in the months of November and December.
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Periyar National Park Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting
Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation. Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of the wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. You can also enjoy a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.
Best Time: Throughout the year
While the beaches help you relax and enjoy the sun, the backwaters and hill stations take you on a memorable ride that lasts a lifetime. The winding paths are an adventure in their own way, which although leave you dizzy, are a fun way to enjoy your journey up the hills and the tea estates. The calming fragrance of tea makes it difficult for you to leave the place. It leaves you rejuvenated without even drinking a sip of that delicious tea. Both, a stroll in the vast estate or a walk along the coast with thrashing waves, gives you what you came here for- tranquillity and peace, but in a different manner is all.
This post was published by Shreya Krishnan