Kerala

Best places to visit in Kerala

1. Munnar : Immerse In The Greenery

Munnar is a place which is known for its beautiful tea gardens, lakes and pretty hill stations. Located at the Western Ghats, this is one of the best places to visit in India with friends and family. This beautiful hill station is the commercial centre for some of the biggest tea estates of the world. In addition to this the hill station is considered to be one of the most protected areas where some of the endemic and endangered species live.

"Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station"

Munnar Tourism

Munnar is a popular hill-station of Kerala perched at an altitude of 1600 metres in the Western Ghats. Famous for its tea estates, various shades of green, blankets of mist and craggy peaks, Munnar is aptly known as the 'Kashmir of South India'. Munnar serves as the commercial centre for some of the world's largest tea estates. Besides, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural view-points apart from the tea-plantations. Munnar is divided into Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located. The Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and tea plantations are its major attractions.

Best time to visit : September To November, January To March

How to reach :

  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport located 125 kms away
  • By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kochi and Ernakulam
  • By Road: One can take a cab or bus from Kochi, Aluva or Ernakulam

Attractions : Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Tea Plantations

Echo Point, Munnar Overview

Located at an altitude of 600 ft. and at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Munnar, Echo Point is situated right in the lap of a quaint lake and misty hills covered with lush green trees. As the name suggests, this place is well known for its enthralling illustration of the phenomenon of echoing. As you scream, it is fun to hear your voice reverberate around the attraction again and again.

The unique beauty of the Echo Point marks the confluence of three mountain ranges, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Situated on the banks of a lake, the calm and serenity of this place are enchanting. You can indulge in a peaceful walk around the gentle slopes of the hills here, or go for boating in the serene waters of the lake. Echo point is a paradise for birdwatchers, as many native birds can be spotted here. You can also see a few shops on the periphery of the attraction selling local items of the hill station. You will find the rare Neelakurinji flowers or Strobilanthes that blooms and enhances its beauty. On your visit to Munnar, Echo Point should be on your to-do list.

Photo Point, Munnar Overview

Photo Point is this picturesque site perched atop the low rolling slopes and undulating plains of Nilgiris in Munnar. In the backdrop of the stretches of tea gardens typical to this region of the country, this point serves as an excellent photographic opportunity; as it is clear from the name itself. Many people choose not to stop in this location because there is not much to see here, but once you get off the car and take a look around, the gorgeous surroundings will take you in like their own.

Photo point is the ideal place to experience the charms of the indigenous vegetation of the region. Sprinkled with gently rolling hills, babbling brooks and glistening silver oaks, the beauty of this place lies in its simplicity. The turquoise sky against the emerald tea gardens is a breathtaking sight, and the lake nearby elevates the experience to another level.

Apart from its scenic beauty and lush green tea gardens, it is also known for aromatic spices. The route up to the spot is quite spectacular as well and makes the entire journey worth it. Photo Point is a famous sightseeing, a picnic spot and a filming destination, and rightfully so. When in Munnar, make sure that you do not miss this stunning beauty!

Atukkad Waterfalls, Munnar Overview

Nestled 2 km away from Munnar amidst beautiful hills and lush green jungles, this pristine waterfall makes for romantic escapades and picnics site. However, the road to Atukkad is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on.

Top Station, Munnar Overview

Top Station is located about 32 kilometres away from Munnar, on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It the highest point in Munnar (1700 metres) to enjoy the panoramic view of the majestic Western Ghats and valley of Theni District of Tamil Nadu. Top Station with its low-lying clouds and abundant foliage, is an excellent example of natural beauty. Top Station is historically known as a transhipment point for the delivery of tea that Munnar produced to Tamil Nadu and got its name as it was the uppermost railway station in Kundala Valley. You can still find the ruins of ropeway lines.

Every 12 years, Top Station provides the view to one of the most exotic sightings and beautiful miracles of nature - Neelarkunji. The hills in and around it are laden with the shrub Neelakurinji, and once in every 12 years, these shrubs blossom with blue flowers, leaving the mountains with a coat of blue. Top Station is also famous for its tea gardens. You can also interact with the tea pickers and get a taste of the regional culture and lifestyle.

Pothamedu View Point, Munnar Overview

Pothamedu View Point, situated 5 km off Munnar, is adorned with stretching hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular wide views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the area. It is an ideal place to witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Idukki Arch Dam which is about 60 kms away is visible from this viewpoint on a clear day,

Average Temperature : 19.4 degree celsius

Restaurants : Copper Castle, SN Restaurant, Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya Restaurant

2. Alleppey – Enjoy The Houseboat Ride

Also called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a beautiful city located in the South Indian State of Kerala and surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. Enclosed by the green paddy fields and the surreal avifauna, Alleppey is a place which is worth visiting. Counted as one of the dream places to visit in India, Alleppey is a home to backwaters, beaches and beautiful lagoons.

"Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East"

Alleppey Tourism

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. Towards the shore lies the Alleppey beach in the Arabian Sea, a beautiful example of the gems you’d find along the Malabar Coast. The appeal of this beach is only amplified by the history attached to it, and a walk down the 137-year old pier is a must. Be sure to catch a traditional snake boat race in the months of August and September and try out some toddy (palm wine) at a local toddy shop for adding a touch of authenticity to your travel experience in Allepey.

Best time to visit : October and February

How to reach :

  • By Air: There are no direct flights from Alleppey. To reach the place the nearest airport is Kochi which is located at a distance of 60kms.
  • By Train: Alappuzha railway station is the nearest station to reach Alleppey.
  • By Road: Buses run at very short intervals from places like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and many other neighbouring places.

Attractions : Alappuzha Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Houseboats, Alleppey Overview

Popularly known as the Venice of the east, Alleppey or Allapuzha is famous for its serene backwaters and their exceptionally scenic setting. Cruising on houseboats in Alleppey is the latest and probably the best addition to the list of ways you can enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of this quaint little town. Alleppey is gifted with a unique crisscrossing network of canals that runs throughout the town which allows you to access and explore the entire area while you're relaxing on your houseboat.

These 120-foot-long abodes of luxury glide along the placid backwaters of Alleppey and provide you with a stunning view of endless paddy fields and swaying coconut trees as they surround you on all sides and lean over the waters as if they're admiring their own reflection. The proximity of the lakes in this town and the dense greenery creates a perfect ambience for relaxing over a languorous cup of hot coffee.

The houseboat will always be manned by at least 3 people- a cook, a guide and an oarsman. Delicious meals are provided on the houseboats by the in-house cook which are a local favourite. The guide keeps you posted of all the important landmarks you pass and the oarsman makes sure you have a wonderful time cruising along the calm backwaters.

Alappuzha Beach, Alleppey Overview

The Alappuzha beach, also known as the Alleppey Beach is famous for local getaways, its intrinsic beauty and a 150 years old pier which stretches into the sea. Relaxing under the palm groves and picnicking beside the beach are fantastic options available to those visiting the beach. Alleppey Beach is a host to many festivals like Sand Art festival and Alappuzha Beach Festival.

In addition to the pristine beauty of Alleppey Beach, some exciting activities and attractions are present in and around this destination. Vijaya Beach Park has amusement amenities which acts as a plus point for the people visiting the beach. It has become the synonym for amazement and amusement for visitors of all age groups. It also has an old lighthouse which is highly fascinating to its visitors. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race which takes place every year in August gives this beach another reason to become the most famous attraction in Kerela. A mixture of all of these bewitching things makes Alappuzha beach a wonderland.

Average Temperature : 30 Degree Celsius

Restaurants : Vembanad Restaurant, Harbour Restaurant, Mushroom