6 Amazing Places to Visit When You’re in Kerala

Let’s rebuild Kerala: A tribute to God’s Own Country…

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Wishing all our readers a very Happy Onam!

Kerala, the beautiful state in Southern India has been termed God’s Own Country for a reason. Its rich culture, beautiful landscape, warm people, delicious food and closeness to nature make it the perfect holiday destination for those travelling to India and a weekend getaway for those seeking solitude amidst nature.

Recently, Kerala Floods have been the talk of the nation. 2018 has been a difficult year for the state. Today, as Kerala floods disrupt the harmony of the state, we pay a tribute to it through this post and urge people to help out in any way they can. (Read till the end to figure out how…)

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Kerala Floods – current scene

Image credit: ©Robert Vinod/Malayala Manorama

Getting back to the travel aspect, here are the top 6 places you must visit in Kerala:

  1. Thrissur

Thrissur, formerly known as Trichur, is the cultural capital of Kerala and is known for its multiple, colorful festivals including the grand annual Hindu festival called ‘Pooram’. About 7 hours away from Trivandrum, this place is always filled with hues of flowers and greenery and the architectural brilliance of the temples. Upon the commencement of Pooram, you will be serenaded by instruments which are exclusively found in Kerala, like the Thimila and Maddalam, and the fireworks in the sky will enchant you. Thrissur is an experience you cannot miss out on. It is not just a pilgrimage but a journey that will remain etched in your mind.

  • 7 hour drive from Trivandrum
  • 10 hour train ride
  • Best time to visit – May
  • Recommended: Pooram festival visit
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Pooram Festival in Thrissur
  1. Kovalam

Kovalam Beach is one of the most mind-blowing places you will ever see. It truly defines ‘God’s own country’ the moment you step on the almost-white sand on the beach. You can stare at the Indian Ocean like looking through a crystal clear emerald surface. One of the best breakfasts is served in the resorts near the shore. The wind is chilly in the morning and the weather is utmost comfortable.

  • Recommended – Pancakes, fruit smoothies
  • Best time to visit – Anytime but monsoon
  1. Allapuzha/Aleppey

Known as the Venice of India, this place is a backwater or a lagoon consisting of water bodies all around the city. You can stroll through one part of the city to another on a boat; technically, you have to wade through it. The highlight of Allapuzha is living on a houseboat, amidst a lagoon, watching the sunrise and sunset and just floating by the city.

Best time to visit: Any season but monsoon

Recommended:

  • House boat resorts
  • Malabar Biriyani
  • Appam and Idiyappam at local hotels
  1. Kozhikode

Kozhikode, previously Calicut, the city of spices really lives up to its name. Kozhikode Biriyani is to die for! Its spices have been famous since the time of British Rule and even made the English love biriyani. Yes, Lucknowis, Nawabi Biriyani is not the original. Kozhikode is one of the most urbanized and populous places in Kerala and is surely a good visit for metropolitan/food lovers.

Recommended:

  • Place – HILITE Mall
  • Kozhikode Biriyani

Best time to visit : Chillier times, like fall or winter season.

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Calicut Beach
  1. Wayanad

Wayanad is home to Edakkal caves, which has petroglyph (drawings from removal or carving of rock surfaces) with stories on them dating back to the Neolithic age. It is a lush green forest on top of a hill, with a lot of diversity in flora and fauna. Wayanad is a great place to see the native life of simple folks in Kerala housing some of the best tea plantations. Spend a day exploring the plantations. You might just want to spend the night there and wake up bright to the aroma of fresh tea leaves.

Recommended:

  • Place – Edakkal Caves
  • Food – Kappa and Fish Curry
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Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad
  1. Periyar

Periyar is one of the few National parks in India. This protected wildlife sanctuary lies close to Thekkady. A safari through Periyar is rather unique. It also houses the Periyar Lake, a long water body running through the center of the hilly region. And you can go for an exploration of the jungle via a boat ride! It is home to tigers, Asian elephants, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. If you’re lucky, you could spot a flying squirrel.

  • Recommended: Documentary watching with the tourists at the resorts
  • Best time to visit: Seasons with relatively more rainfall

Kerala is one of the most serene places in, not just India, but, the globe. Its beauty does not perish with its adversity; it is eternally beautiful and shall forever be “God’s own Country”. The floods shall mark a rough time in the period of its existence, but not enough to lose faith and Kerala shall be rebuilt. Kerala needs your help.

Kerala Floods: Click on the link below to help the victims stay safe and healthy through this calamity.

https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/#donation

Let’s rebuild Kerala together!

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Image credit: ©Robert Vinod/Malayala Manorama

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61 thoughts on “6 Amazing Places to Visit When You’re in Kerala

  1. The Safari through Periyar is quite unique. One would expect to like get on a jeep or even an elephant but this safari is on a boat through Periyar Lake. We saw mud bathing elephants, alligators, flying squirrels, and so much more. It’s a nature lovers’ hub!

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  2. A friend had the fortune to visit Pooram earlier this year, in May. She said she couldn’t help but enjoy even though she isn’t conventionally religious. She was gazing in awe at fireworks, the lights and the melody of typical Keralite instruments like the Thimila and Maddalam just get stuck in your head for days.

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  3. Even Kodagu in Karnataka.
    These problems are not documented well enough in mainstream media. That’s why we ourselves have to help fellow humans. 🙂 Wayanad is a tiny town but a beautiful place you should definitely have a visit to the petroglyph caves. And a Periyar boat safari is one of a kind, we saw an alligator and a mud bathing elephant. It was exciting!

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  4. It is immensely diverse! And you will never get bored. Even if you’re not into thrill at all times and want a lazy, relaxation day, you can sit and stare at Aleppey lagoons or Kovalam beach without feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

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  5. The cuisine and delicacies are different but they are delightful! If one is open to a little change, they will definitely like the food. 🙂 Malabar Biriyani, Kozhikode Biriyani, Idiyappam, Appam, Kappa – these are a few dishes you could try even before you visit Kerala. 🙂

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  6. Kozhikode is a lovely place for people who are indoorsy, really well developed for the part of the tourist population in love with metropolitan trends. A day or two at Kozhikode should suffice and show you the lesser known side of Kerala, the urban part.

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  7. It is indeed a resilient state ready to come back to its glory which had actually never gone. Nature throws adversities at us all the time, how we help our fellow humans recover from the damage and trauma is the main aspect we need to focus on..

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  8. It has the highest number national parks and reserves, to be specific, 20. And it’s termed as a world heritage site. Nature buffs will love visiting Kerala, the diversity of flora and fauna in the Western Ghats is infinitesimal.

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  9. Exploring Kerala is a great idea for a once in a lifetime experience. The beauty of not just its landscapes but its traditions will make you want to stay there forever like iron on a magnet!

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  10. Truly. And these are just a few places to name, there are so many more places to visit and don’t get as much recognition. You should visit Kerala atleast once in a lifetime. 🙂

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  11. It is challenging indeed. But we can all help in our own ways. Though nature is not in our control, it is our world and humans can help fellow humans recuperate from calamities. 🙂

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  12. Kerala is truly a lovely place to visit and as said, its adversity is not its end. Restoring Kerala’s beauty is not just a duty but very essential, it is one of the most underrated wonders of the world.

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  13. We visited Kerela earlier this year and loved it. Love your pictures. It’s so sad about what happened there.

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  14. This is such a beautiful place! I hate that they have experienced so much flooding. It breaks my heart to see all of the natural disasters that are happening in the world.

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  15. I have never been in Kerala but definitely this is a nice place to visit I will definitely add this to my bucket list

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  16. Kerala looks like an amazing place to visit. The pictures you took are outstanding it really sells the place with those views.

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  17. I have never heard of the place Karla before but by reading this article you help me to know how beautiful this place is.

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  18. All of these places sound so amazing to visit! Thank you for sharing the best time to go and for sharing when the best time to go is and things to do while there!

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  19. I have never been in that place but that’s definitely a nice place to visit and I think exploring this place will give me a great memories and adventures.

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  20. I have never seen pictures quite like this. those first two pictures really caught my eye. Thank you for sharing…I love reading about new places and this was a great read!

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  21. I was 10 when I went to Kerala with mom dad. Now I’m 25 and both of them are….

    Well I remember it was a lovely place but it is sad what happened there. We all, our ngo that is connected to our hospital is helping there.

    Once all is ok I will go back there again to visit.

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  22. It is devastating what has happened! Unfortunately we’re seeing this much more often throughout the world! Great list of things, I would do them all but very interested in the caves!

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  23. Kerala looks like a beautiful region to visit. I would love to stay on a houseboat. I hope the area is getting back to normal after the floods.

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  24. So unfortunate about the flood, but I do imagine the place will rebuild. It looks so beautiful, and I’m sure that will always remain!

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  25. Kerala is a paradise. I lived there for a few years and explored every part of this beautiful state. Hills, beaches, backwaters and many small islands (mostly unexplored) makes this place popular for every nature lover. Its unfortunate that humanity has taken nature for granted hence we are facing such crisis. Knowing the spirit of Malayalis it will rebound quickly

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  26. Kerala looks beautiful and has so many places to see! Tourism after events like the floods help rebuild some of these beautiful places. Periyar is particularly interesting since there’s so much nature to see and explore in national parks.

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  27. Kerala looks so beautiful what a very thoughtful post. Kerala looks beautiful and Pooram festival looks epic. Thank you for sharing the tip, great post 🙂

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  28. This year’s rain has impacted many places including Kerela and Assam. Hope things settle downs soon. There are just so many beautiful places to explore as suggested in this Kerela travel guide. We have fond memories from Kovalam and it will be one of the destinations we come back to! Still have to visit Wayanad and Periyar.

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  29. You have provided some very good and practical information about Kerala. I have never been but i hear it is a very beautiful place. It is such a shame about the devastating floods there. I hope Kerala is rebuilt soon and that the community are able to pull together through this.

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  30. Kerala looks so beautiful, and I’d definitely add it to the list if I ever visit India. Kovalam Beach sounds stunning, especially those white sands. Thanks for sharing tips on the food too, I’m not familiar with the cuisine here.

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  31. I totally agree with list. There are just so many choices in Kerala. Sad what they are going through now, but I’m sure tourism will bounce back. I especially loved Kovalam! Nice list!

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