Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Photo Point Atukkad Waterfalls
The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Houseboats Alappuzha Beach Alleppey Backwaters
Officially called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a city in the South Indian state of Kerala. Bordering the Laccadive Sea, it is known for its wide network of interlinking, palm-fringed canals called backwaters and rejuvenating Ayurvedic resorts. Allepey is also popular for its Houseboat cruises that pass through the serene backwaters, where you can catch glimpses of green paddy fields, choir making activities, beautiful avifauna and witness the life of locals in Kerala.
Best Time: June to March
Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Backwaters Vellavali
Located at a distance of 16km from Kottayam in Kerala and located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake. Part of the Kuttanad region, Kumarakom along with Alleppey, has beautiful backwater areas and they collectively form the most important tourist centres of Kerala. Known for paddy fields, fishing, a network of backwaters, delicious local cuisine, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) houseboats and luxury and budget resorts.
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Ponnani Juma Masjid Padinharekara Beach Thrikkavu Temple
A small beach town located in the Malappuram District of Kerala is mainly renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west, Ponnani is also referred to as small 'Mecca' of South India. It is dotted with several Muslim institutions, Jama Masjid, established in 925, being one of them. It is a picturesque town with perfect fusion of Hindu and Muslim values making the place culturally rich.
Best Time: October to March
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Known For : Kottathavalam Nadukani Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple
An ancient town located on a hilltop bordered by the western ghats on the east and the thrilling Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is a culturally rich and naturally enchanting destination. Apart from nature's bounty, the town has many laurels to its name. It is a proud town to achieve 100% literacy in India for the first time. Also being the land of several publishing houses and print media, Kottayam is also tagged as the 'Akshara Nagari' meaning 'City of letters'.
Best Time: September to February
Mundakayam Ghat is a ghat passing through a mesmerizing terrain in the region. It is famous for bird watching and nature walks. One can get a beautiful top view of the scenic location as well. The terrain also makes the ghat an apt location for paragliding.
Idukki Arch Dam, an engineering marvel, is located in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is an arch dam with a double curvature and is built on River Periyar. Precisely, the dam is constructed in a gorge between two hills, Kuravathi and Kuravan. It is at the height of about 550 feet and is a breathtaking sight in the otherwise rugged terrain along which has been built.
Thodupuzha is a beautiful gateway town located in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 200 km from the state’s capital, Trivandrum. Thodupuzha is often regarded as the fastest growing town in Central Kerala, having transformed from a small, riverside settlement to a flourishing industrial and tourist hub. It is called the ‘Hollywood of Kerala’ as the town has been used as a filming location for numerous South Indian movies. It is also called the ‘Mini Kochi of the East’.
Known For : Grampi Thrissanku Hills Peeru Hills
Blessed with lots of green cover, beautiful rolling hills, wandering streams and gurgling waterfalls; Peermede is a small bewitching hill station of Kerala, pure and pristine. Perched at an altitude of 915 m above the sea level, the town has many hidden treasure troves waiting to be uncovered. Peermede, lying in Idukki District also comprises sprawling spreads of tea, coffee, rubber and cardamom.
Best Time: April to June, September to November
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
Known For : Mattancherry Palace Fort Kochi Jewish Synagogue
Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of the Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords.
Best Time: July to April
Known For : Thevalli Palace Amritapuri Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park
A treasure trove of natural wonders and historical edifices, Kollam is an enchanting town with backwaters and picturesque landscapes. Located 70kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Kollam is a commercial centre and home to India’s cashew producing industry. Popularly known as Quilon, it is often regarded as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.
Best Time: September to February
Known For : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Silent Valley National Park Palakkad Fort
The quaint town of Palakkad in Kerala boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Palakkad gets its name from pala trees which once dominated the area. Also known as Palghat, Pallakad is located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the chief granary of Kerala. This is the area which links Kerala to Tamil Nadu and perhaps does so in a cultural sense too, since the language spoken in the villages here is Tamil, unlike the rest of the state where Malayalam is prevalent.
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Perunthenaruvi Waterfall Thriveni Sangamam Konni Forest Reserve
Pathanamthitta, in southern Kerala, is a town immersed in spirituality and mysticism. Blessed with several ancient temples, it is renowned as headquarters of pilgrimage in Kerala as Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district. It is a land of untouched beauty with pristine rivers, lofty mountain ranges and sprawling coconut groves. The region is parted into a fascinating topography of highlands, midlands and lowlands crafted by three rivers coursing in the town.
Best Time: September to February
Known For : Butterfly Safari Adventure zone Trekking
Snuggled between the dense woods of Western Ghats, Thenmala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Kollam, Kerala. With winding roads, dotted with rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala boasts of being the first planned ecotourism spot in India. Spread over acres of dense timber trees, the name 'Thenmala' translates to Honey Hill suggesting the supply of high-quality honey from the region. This honey has medicinal properties because of the surrounding floral varieties and is exported in large amounts.
Best Time: December to February
Known For : Punnathurkotta Elephant Palace Mammiyoor Shiva Temple Guruvayoor Temple
A small town in the district of Thrissur, Guruvayur is the most famous for the Guruvayur Temple - India's third-largest temple housing Lord Krishna. The temple is believed to be one of the 108 most divine Vishnu temples in the world. Guruvayoor has emerged as one of the most important places of worship in Southern India along with the likes of Tirupati and Sabarimala. Thodupuzha is an ideal destination for nature lovers who wish to lose themselves in the surrounding wilderness and forested hillocks.
Best Time: October to February
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