Explore the Kerala famous places and tourist spots in Kerala on this page before you plan your ideal holiday.
Kerala is a destination with a lot of places to see in Kerala for their vibrant art & architecture, lush green hill stations, Ayurveda treatments, rejuvenating spas, glistening backwaters, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife surrounded by many premium hotels which are world class and known for their warm hospitality. This is what makes these the best tourist spots in Kerala and the southwestern coasts of India.
Kerala is known as one of the 50 places in the World to Visit in a Lifetime. Kochi, formerly known as Cochin is the capital of Kerala and is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala. Here, the state's history of foreign contact is transparently evident in Fort Cochin and the Old Quarters of Mattancherry which are some of the places in Kerala. While Varkala and Kovalam offer great views of breathtaking beaches; Thiruvananthapuram is a sample of places to see in Kerala ‘s abundant artistic and cultural life. There are a lot of things to do in Kerala. In Kuttanad which is the region around Kollam and Alleppey; there are boat rides that offer a breathtaking view of the unexplored parts of places in Kerala from the waters. Cruisers and beautiful wooden boats known as kettuvallams, ply in the backwaters, which are known for offering tourists a glimpse of the rural village life in “God’s own Country; Kerala!”
Move towards the hills which are some of the popular places to visit in Kerala, perched around 2695 meters above MSL if you wish to avoid the lowlands which are known to be hot at certain times of the year. En route to Periyar wildlife reserves and other such natural sights, where herds of elephants are known to roam freely in the lush green jungles; you will surpass through scenic landscapes and some of the popular places to visit in Kerala that are dotted with churches and temples, tea, coffee, spices, rubber plantations and many other breathtaking views. Munnar, Varkala Beach, Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam, Periyar National Park, Chinese Fishing Net, Vembanad Beach, Mattancherry Palace, Cherai Beach, Guruvayur Temple and Athirapally Waterfalls are some of the best places to visit in Kerala.
A subtle yet gorgeous presentation of the last rainforest in Kerala, the Silent Valley National Park carries its own charm and aura. Initially occupying only 89.52 sq km, this national park grew with time to be declared as the Reserved Forest. Home to the unusual Nilgiri Tahr and the Lion Tailed Macaques, this is one of the most sought after the evergreen forest in this part of India. Regarded as one of the most popular biodiversity hubs among the nature lovers and the wildlife enthusiasts, the Silent Valley National Park is a beautiful reserve that you must definitely visit!
This gorgeous national park is located in the lap of Palakkad in the God’s Own Country.
Address: Wildlife Warren, Silent Valley Division, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala 678582
Hours: 6:45 am to 2:45 pm on all days except Fridays.
This year-round destination is the best place to visit from the months of December to April to have the most comfortable experiences. During this period, the temperatures are mostly average, ranging from 18-21 degrees Celsius.
The park is open for tourists to venture on a safari ride from 8 am to 5 pm. Hence keeping these timings in mind book a slot that is comfortable for you.
It will cost you INR 50 as the entrance fee of the Silent Valley Park. The guide will cost you INR 150-200 approximately, Still Camera INR 25-30 approximately, Video Camera INR 200-250 approximately.
Nevertheless, the Jeep Safari will cost you INR 1,600 per person for five people in a jeep.
The Silent Valley National Park is recommended especially for all the wildlife lovers and photographers. However, people from all age groups are welcome here to enjoy the surreal beauty of this national park.
By Air: The Coimbatore International Airport is the closest to the Silent Valley Park with a distance of about 117 km. This airport is well-connected to all the major metropolitan cities of the country like Chennai, Pune, Delhi; and many other famous places like Bangkok and Singapore. After arriving at the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach the designated destination according to your wish.
By Rail: The Palakkad Junction Railway Station is the closest to the Silent Valley Park. It is approximately 45-46 km away from the park and is connected to the major metropolitan cities of the country. There are direct trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, and Mumbai to reach the destination. However, after reaching, you can hire taxis or take a bus to reach the destination in the same route as in the case of airports.
By Road: There is a well-maintained chain of roads nearby the Silent Valley Park which makes it easily accessible from the major cities. You can easily pull off a spectacular road trip to Palakkad as you enjoy the sublime greenery of Kerala. If you are travelling from Chennai, Bangalore, or Coimbatore; it is going to be an amazing ride either on a rented taxi, bus or a personal vehicle if you are ready to bear the thrill. If you cannot find cabs, there will always be buses which are much more economical when compared to the cars. The KSRTC provides regular buses from the major cities to Palakkad.
The park is home to a vast range of animals, plants, birds of various species that cannot usually be found in the country. There is about 50-80 percent of the species that you cannot find on a daily basis within the park. Apart from this, the park also possesses an interesting range of flora that attracts nature lovers from across the country. Primarily dominated by the Evergreen forests, it also features Orchids, Liverworts, Algae, Legumes, Asters, Black Pepper, Rice, Ferns, Lichens, Grasses, Rubiaceae, Cardamom, and Beans. Other than these, there are more than 110 plant species that will grab the attention of all the nature enthusiasts.
That being said, there is also a large scope for the Fauna which includes the Nilgiri Langurs, Hairy-winged Bat, Tigers, Panthers, Lion-tailed Macaque and many other species that are one of a kind. Besides, there is also a large range of birds which include the famous Ceylon Frogmouth and the Great Indian Hornbill that attract bird-watchers from various parts across the world.
While in the Silent Valley park, you can go on some fun safari through the deep jungles to experience the park from a closer point of view. Else, get yourself to the top of the Watchtower to capture those Instagram-worthy pictures that you are ready to post on your Instagram handles!
Nevertheless, you can also go on a simple trek to the glistening Kunthi River that is filled with clear waters. You can take a short walk through the lush evergreen forest lands of the Silent Valley, and this trail will eventually lead you to the beautiful anchored boats that are tied to the banks.
Alleppey is a famous city in ‘God Own’s Country’ Kerala. Referred to as the “Venice of the East,” it is famed for its exotic backwaters interlocked by multitude lattice of canals, luxurious houseboats, emerald lagoons, splendid beaches, natural verdant beauty and lush paddy fields. Tourists from all over the world flock over to relax and enjoy the backwaters whilst experiencing staying in a houseboat, soaking in the mesmerizing beauty and rejuvenating at the ayurvedic and wellness spas.
The backwaters and Houseboats
With its labyrinth of serene streams with mild waves, crisscrossing network of canals and scenic natural beauty of dense greenery, lush green paddy fields and coconut groves, the backwaters are aptly titles as the ‘Venice of the East’ and is a sight to behold. The best way to explore the backwaters is by cruising and staying on a luxurious houseboat that is manned by a cook, guide and oarsman. It is an enchanting experience of overlooking the waters on an open deck, viewing the dazzling sunrise and sunset with beautiful birds adorning the sky and star gazing at night.
The Alleppey Beach is a riveting beach with sparkling sand, crystal clear azure waters with soft waves, 150-year-old vast pier stretching out into the sea, dense palm groves and scenic views. It is a popular spot for picnicking and engaging in fun activities such as parasailing, surfing, volleyball etc. The Vijaya park which is a children’s park, Sea View Park for boat rides and the ancient lighthouse add to the charm of the beach and makes it a perfect locale for a family outing.
The Marari Beach is an idyllic tranquil beach perfect for peace, relaxation and unwinding. Situated 11km from Alleppey in a quaint town of Maraikulam, it comprises of glimmering golden sand, calm turquoise water and coconut trees with mesmerizing views of sunrise and
sunset. One can take a stroll along the shore, relax under the shade of the towering trees or engage in thrilling water sports such as swimming, parasailing, water-skiing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat cruising the backwaters. The beach is rated as one of the World’s Top Five Hammock Beaches by the National Geographic Survey and is popular especially with honeymooning couples.
Located at a distance of 47km from Alleppey, Krishnapuram palace is a magnificent palace and a museum perched on the top of a hill and is surrounded by a beautifully manicured terraced garden with fountains, ponds and a newly erected chamber housing the statue of Buddha. Built in the 18th century by the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma Maharaja, it comprises of gabled roof, dormer windows and narrow corridors and is reminiscent of conventional rare Kerala styled architecture. The palace has an archaeological museum resplendent with antiques, sculptures, coins, weapons, artifacts in bronze, stone inscriptions, murals, exquisite paintings and a bible in Sanskrit dating back to 1886. A major attraction is the exquisite mural painting depicting the story of Gagendra Moksham which is the largest in all of Kerala. The mural is 14 by 11 feet and covers an area of around 53 square feet and has a rich historical value attached to it. The double-edged sword Kayamkulam Vaal can also be found here. The Krishnapuram Palace is currently maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala and was recently renovated in accordance with the scientific techniques that are prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings.
St. Mary’s Forane Church
The St. Mary’s Forane Church also known as Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth is one of the oldest and magnificent Catholic Syrian Church built in 427 AD in Champakullam, on the banks of river Pamba with beautiful views of the backwaters flowing adjacent to it. The ancient Syro- Malabar church under the Archeparchy of Changanacherry is popular for its marvelous architecture, magnificent sculptures, stunning murals, baroque rock inscriptions and ancient artefacts of Portuguese influence in its traditional designs. Legend has it that the church was founded by St. Thomas, the Apostle himself.
Karumadi is a small village near Alleppey that allures tourists from all over the world to see the half broken black quartz statue of Lord Buddha dating back to 10th century. Several fascinating legends are associated with the statue and many believe that it possesses mystical powers to cure diseases and my touching it’s feet, the healing power gets transferred and heals the person. Such is the aura of the statue and is a must visit Buddhist pilgrimage site for devotees and tourists alike.
Vembanad Lake and Pathiramanal
The second largest lake in the country, Vembanad lake is famous for its tranquil pristine backwaters and splendid surroundings. The beautiful lagoon can be explored by indulging in a day or night boating excursion or staying in a houseboat. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the coast of the lake is a treat for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. One can find a large population of Waterfowl along with other birds such as owls, cuckoos, brahminy kite, flycatcher, egret, lark, Siberian Crane Heron, parrots etc.
Pathiramanal, which means “Sands of the Night”, is a tiny island located in Lake Vembanad and boasts of a pristine and unadulterated verdant landscape. The islet is a bird watchers’ paradise as it’s a haven for approximately rare and endangered 91 local species of birds and 50 species of migratory birds that hover in the sky enhancing the beautiful and joyous experience.
The best time to visit Alleppey is between August to March when the weather is more pleasant to indulge in the outdoor experiences.
A perfect getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation by experiencing the backwaters and overnight stay in the houseboat and soaking in the breathtaking beauty.
Flight: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi located at a distance of 75 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to reach Alleppey.
Train: The main station is the Alleppey Railway station and is well connected to various cities across the country such as Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Cochin. A cab can be hired from there to reach the main city.
Road: Several private and state buses ply from major cities to Alleppey. Private car and taxi can also be hired.
Located at the entrance of the Sholayar Hill Ranges, the Athirapilly Falls are really lovely. Flowing out on the River Chalakudy, these breathtaking waterfalls cascade down from a massive height of 80 feet, with water gushing through different parallel streams forming a magnificent view. These falls are often regarded as the 'Niagara Falls if India.'
Fantastic houseboat rides on the calm backwaters, offering a breathtaking view of the sceneries; Alleppey backwaters are to die for! All the months from September to May are fun to check out the backwater trips in Kerala. Lord Curzon defined the breathtaking beauty of Alleppey in a single phrase, by naming it the 'Venice of the East.' Need we say more about it?
With lavish tea gardens that occupy hectares of land all over the place, this hill-station offers views that are simply breathtaking. The weather in Munnar is usually cold and relaxed, giving you a soothing sensation with the aroma of tea around you in the center of organic tea farms. There are also many waterfalls and hiking routes for the adventure seeker in you! Munnar is probably one of the best attractions in Kerala.
With the advent of Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese; Kochi has become an enchanting city with eclectic influence. There are many historical and architectural sites in Kochi that attract tourists from across the world.
Kovalam Beach is one of the most charming beaches of Kerala that you don't want to miss. It hosts a serene ambiance, making it the perfect place to spend a laidback evening. There is pleasant weather, calm breeze, warm sand and tall coconut trees that make the site look like it is has been taken out of a dream. It also has an array of Ayurvedic parlors and yoga centers that will end your day correctly with relaxing massages.
Location: Kovalam, Kerala
Known for: Picturesque beach with a lighthouse
How to reach: There are public transport systems that will directly take you to the beach.
Operating hours: Open 24 hours
Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Make sure you don't dive on the beach during full moon days, as the waves can be a bit harsh.
Spread across 14 acres land, this bird sanctuary was established to preserve coconut trees and mandrakes which are the natural habitat for birds. This refuge located in the Kottayam district on the banks of Vembanad Lake of Kerala is home to numerous species of birds. Many migratory birds from regions like Siberia. The other species include waterfowl, water ducks, herons, owls, egrets, Siberian cranes and cuckoos. There are also many paradise fly-catchers, kingfishers, woodpeckers and night herons in the park. This place is a paradise for all the bird watchers.
Known for: Birdwatching
How to reach: You can reach the sanctuary via road, by hiring a taxi or by driving on your own on the Kottayam- Kumarakom Road.
Approximate Cost: INR 50 as entrance fee.
Operating hours: 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
Type: Bird Sanctuary.
Thekkady, also known as Periyar is home to wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves. The spice plantation out here is one of the leading attractions of this beautiful land. Pepper is the most popular and abundantly grown spice in Thekkady. There are also varieties of clove, sinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, curry leaves and turmeric that are cultivated on the slopes plantations.
The glorified European era of Kochi has transformed this place into an architectural wonder. The Princess Street is flooded with shops selling handicrafts, clothes, jewelry and traditional items. There are also many Ayurveda centers located along the Princess Street. It is one of the most popular tourist places with Europeans structures and lip-smacking food with perfect beverages that will make your evening. A long stretch of Colossal Colonial homes with vibrant avenues that match the European architecture and a vast array of shops is what the Princess Street is all about.
This is one of the most significant wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. It is not only an Elephant and Tiger Reserve but also a home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. This vast area is inhabited by sambars, bisons, wild boars, elephants, langurs, and tigers. You can have a jeep safari in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and get a glimpse of some of the rarest species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and butterflies that roam about in the jungle freely.
Known for: Rare species of animals.
How to reach: Take any of the public transports in Periyar to arrive here.
Approximate Cost: INR 1500-2000 for the Safari ride and INR 50-100 approximately as the entrance fees.
Operating hours: 6 am to 6 pm
Type: Wildlife Sanctuary.
Known to be a really beautiful beach in Kerala, Varkala is located in a hill station known as Pythal Mala. It is a principal place of worship for Hindus and is the only place in Southern Kerala where you can see cliffs which are adjacent to the western coast of India and the Arabian Sea. It is also known as the Papanasam Beach as it is believed that taking a bath in this beach will clean all the sins of a person. It is one of the calmest and isolated beaches of Kerala where you should spend a relaxed evening.
5000 years old, and one of the wealthiest temples in the world, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is an abode to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the leading attractions for Hindu tourists who wish to witness the majestic five-hooded serpent in the form of an idol, Anantha. This temple has a rich Dravidian architecture that is evident on its intricate carvings and sculptures that add beauty to it. One of the best parts of this temple is the seven-tiered gopuram with a height of 100 foot, built in Pandyan style.
Bearing a European style of architecture, St. Francis Church is one of the most famous churches of Kerala. It is an entirely wooden structure, established in the year 1503. It is constructed by Portuguese Franciscan friars and resembles the Trinity Church in Bangalore. There are several anecdotes of Portuguese and Dutch rulers, in the form of inscriptions that can be found inside the church.
Known for: European Architecture and inscriptions.
How to reach: Take a local ride in Kochi until the Francis Church Road.
Approximate Cost: None
Operating hours: 7 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 6:30 pm on Sundays.
Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Photography is not allowed inside.
Type: Historic Site
Popularly known as the Dakshin Dwarka, Guruvayoor temple is one of its kind. There is a 33.5 m tall Dhwajastambham amidst the courtyard which is gold plated and is home to Lord Krishna. It is the most preferred temple for marriages and rice feeding ceremonies in Kerala.
Also known as the Paradesi Synagogue, the Jewish Synagogue in Kochi Kerala is the oldest of its kind in the commonwealth nations. It has scrolls of law; gold crowns, alluring chandeliers, clock tower, and Chinese tiles hand painted in blue.
Known for: Offerings to Synagogue on display.
How to reach: Take the National Highway 17.
Approximate Cost: INR 5 per person
Operating hours: 10 am to 12 pm, 3 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Saturdays.
Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Cameras and handbags are not allowed inside this place.
Type: Historic Site.
Nestles amidst the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Wayanad is a dreamland of pristine verdant valleys, dense forests and lush green landscapes in God's own country, Kerala. Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of ‘paddy fields’ and is popular for its sprawling tea plantation, coffee estates and spice plantation such as pepper and cardamom. Wayanad is every nature lover’s paradise with its unadulterated enchanting landscape steeped in rich culture and history and abundant flora and fauna. Adventure seekers can look forward to trekking on the mountain peaks raising like giants and rappelling in the waterfalls. Other attractions are:
Situated amidst the Western Ghats on the foothills of Banasura, Banasura Dam is the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia. Built along the river of Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river, the view from the dam is spectacular and stretches for miles. The artificial lake formed within Wayanad’s Banasura Dam offers speed-boating, kayaking, and coracle rides. The dam is dotted with a cluster of islets which were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas during monsoon. A trek to the Banasura Hills is a beautiful breathtaking excursion while the sight from the top offers a mesmerizing view of mountain ranges, verdant tropical forest, grand waterfalls and rivulets and diverse flora and fauna.
Pookot Lake is a natural freshwater lake surrounded with captivating evergreen forest and rolling slopes that exude an air of tranquillity. The lake is shaped as the map of India and the path leading to the lake is lined with lush green vegetation casting a beautiful magical quality and the presence of an abundance of blue lotus flowers giving it a surreal appearance. The lake has plenty of fresh water fishes and a species of cyprinid fish known as Pethia pookodensis is known to occur only in Pookot Lake. The lake also offers boating facilities and children's park along with the presence of fauna in the neighbouring forests. These qualities make Pookot Lake one of the most sought after tourist destination in Wayanad and a must visit for nature enthusiasts.
Situated at an elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level and located near the town Meppadi 8km from Kalpetta, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and third highest peak in South India. The climb up the Chembra Peak is an elating experience and famous with trekkers, as the higher you go, the view starts getting more attractive with the spectacular sights of luxuriant greenery, entire Wayanad district, glimpses of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts, the Banasura Dam and the famous heart-shaped lake that as per belief has never dried up. The 4km trek to the peak is a bit challenging and starts from a 7km jeep ride from Meppadi to the watchtower at the foothill of Chembra Peak. From here the trek takes about 3 hours each way. The best time to trek the Chembra Peak is from November to February and monsoon season is best avoided as the route gets slippery.
Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1973, The Wayanad Sanctuary and Elephant reserve with an area of 345 sq. km is the second largest in Kerala and an integral part of the Nilgiri bioreserve. It is segregated into two parts namely Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad and harbours rare and endangered species. The sanctuary is home to tigers, elephants, sambar, jungle cats, mongoose, panthers, bisons, monkeys, wild dogs, deers, crocodiles, spotted bears, langurs, gaurs, civet cat, cheetah, bonnet macaques, wild bears and a diverse species of snakes such as viper, coral snake etc. and reptiles like lizards, chameleons etc. There are 216 bird species in the sanctuary such as owls, peacock, woodpeckers, babblers, jungle fowls, cuckoos, etc. The sanctuary is covered with moist and deciduous forests and evergreen tree pastures. Bamboo groves, teak, silver oak, rosewood comprise the forest. The sanctuary can be toured only in a jeep safari and it takes about an hour.
Situated at a height of 4,000 feet above sea level, the historically significant Edakkal caves attracts tourists and archaeologists. It is popular for its exquisite rock and wall carvings and was formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. Divided into two chambers, the stone walls have several pictorial paintings of human, animal figures and objects used by humans belonging to the Neolithic and Mesolithic age dating back to 6000 BC and also have some links with Indus Valley Civilization. To reach the caves, it is an uphill trek of 1.5 hours and is lined with a beautiful view of coffee plantations.
Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and located in Vellarimala, it is a riveting three-tiered waterfall cascading from a height of 656 feet and forming a pool at the base that is ideal for swimming and relaxing around. The cliff face of the fall offers an adrenaline pumping exciting opportunity of abseiling surrounded by a picturesque view of the evergreen forest. The drive to the fall is equally beautiful and exciting as you traverse through a maze of tea estates and spice plantations. The best time to visit is during summers as during monsoons the water level rises, making it dangerous to swim or rappel.
The best time to visit Wayanad is between October to May when the climate is pleasant and revitalizing.
1. Wayanad is a green paradise replete with enchanting waterfalls, mesmerizing nature, wildlife sanctuary and ancient history.
2. Meenmutty is a majestically grand three-tiered waterfall cascading from 300 meters. The highest waterfall in Wayanad, it can be reached by embarking on a 2 km hike through the forest on the Wayanad-Ooty road.
3. A trekkers delight and nature lover’s, Neelilama viewpoint offers many trekking routes and a splendid view of the lush green valleys and the Meenmutty falls.
4. Kuruva Island is a major attraction for tourists from all over the world. Situated in River Kabini, it is a charming and serene island with dense forest rich in flora and fauna and surrounded by fresh water offering visitors an opportunity to pander in bamboo rafting.
Interesting Facts About Wayanad
1. The region was known as Mayakshetra in the earlier days before finally evolving to Wayanad.
2. Wayanad has a rich history and the edicts and caves of Ambukuthimala and other several evidences prove that the place was inhabited during the New Age Civilization.
3. Edakkal literally means ‘a stone in between’ and the Edakkal caves is the only known place in India with Stone Age carvings.
4. The Banasura hills where the Banasura Sagar Dam is situated is named after 'Banasura', son of the famous ruler, King Mahabali who undertook severe penance on the top of the hills. Banasura hill is the third largest peak in the Western Ghats.
5. Wayanad is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India
An opportunity to unwind in a green paradise surrounded by idyllic nature and mesmerizing waterfalls.
How to get to Wayanad
Flight: The nearest airport is Calicut International airport, Kozhikode located at a distance of 90 km. A cab or bus can be taken from there directly to Wayanad.
Train: The closest station is Kozhikode railway station at a distance of 110km. A cab or bus can be taken from there directly to Wayanad.
Road: It is well connected to major cities and several private and state buses run to Wayanad. Private car and taxi can also be hired.
There are boat races held in the backwaters of Kerala, elevating the charm of these water canals. These races are all about enjoyment, and most importantly about teamwork. The boat festival is celebrated from July to September.
Theyyam is one of the oldest and most famous festivals in Kerala. This much-awaited 800-year-old festival displays a huge array of folk dances and arts. They showcase more than 400 different performances, out of which the best ones are Kari Chamundi, Raktha Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, and Wayanad Kulaven. Theyyam falls during April to December.
This 10-day celebration is a pure feast for the eyes! It is a harvest festival of Kerala which is celebrated to commemorate the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu and homecoming of King Mahabali. With delicious dishes, music, dances, rituals, and boat races; Kerala turns into an incredibly vibrant place. Onam falls between August and September.
This day is marked as the first day of the Malayali Year. It is mostly celebrated at home that includes a pooja with the family followed by an evening feast. This festival falls in April.
Can you imagine the elephants having a spa of their own? Sounds crazy, right? The Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary makes this insane thing, very normal. Located 42 km away from Kochi, this place offers some exciting activities like elephant bath, elephant safari, elephant feeding and watching the baby elephants.
This one tops the list of the experiences you must have in Kerala. Each boat can accommodate the whole family and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Looking at the beautiful landscapes while you get served with freshly prepared meals and you travel through the glistening backwaters is just as soothing as it sounds.
Eravikulam National Park is blessed with Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom once in every 12 years. This rare view is the most fascinating thing you can experience in Kerala. This park is closed in February and March.
Situated 14 km away from the Ernakulam Railway Station, Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village offers you an authentic rural experience. You can pick any of the homestays available in the village and get a deep insight into the local life of Keralites. Fishing and crab farming are one amongst the various things you can experience in the village.
Explore the Veli Lake and dine in the floating restaurant at the lake. This is one of the out-of-the-world experiences you will have in Kerala.
This double deck boat gives you a 3-4 hour ride on the backwaters of Alappuzha. You can get a glimpse of the village life, coconut trees and an array of birds.
Get a closer view of nature and experience the beauty of Wayanad, Thekkady, Munnar or Athirapally by staying in a Tree House. You can also indulge yourself in activities like rock climbing, nature walks, mountain biking and rappelling.
There are wealthy spice plantations in Munnar, Thekkady, and Wayanad that offer some authentic cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla and cardamom. You can also explore these farms by taking a nature walk around.
There are numerous coffee plantation resorts or homestays in Wayanad that include activities like trekking, night safaris, campfire and walking through the farms.
Usually, stage in front of the village shrine across various temples of North Kerala, this is an exceptional dance form in districts of Kannur and Kasargod. It is one of the best things you can experience in Kerala.
The little heaven Munnar is one of the best places to visit while you are in Kerala. 3 hours drive from Kochi will land you in Munnar where you can check out the Kannan Devan Plantation Museum to see and understand how tea is process and also to taste different kinds of tea. You can hire jeeps to travel to Suryanelli and visit the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate which is 100 years old.
Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady offers an enthralling Bamboo rafting experience. You can enjoy the enchanting beauty of these forests while you ride on the bamboos watching the animals amidst the sweet chirping of birds.
There are guides in the tiger trail at Thekkady who will guide you to an enthralling trekking experience. You can cook in the jungle, sleep in tents and also spot a tiger if you are lucky! This deep insight into the mysterious forests of Kerala is an experience in itself.
The snake boat races are held from July to September particularly during Onam. You can rent a boat and look at the race from a close point of view. It is one of the best experiences you can get in Allapuzha.
This is one of the most fascinating experiences of the forest. Aout 190 km away from Kochi falls the Thekkady, which is famous for its forest cover and abundant wildlife. The Periyar Jungle ride covers the lovely Idukki town, Mullaperiyar Dam, vegetable farms, vineyards and some of the endangered lion-tailed macaques. You can complete this trip by staying over in a tent or a tree house in the place.
Relax on the shoreline of the peaceful Kovalam Beach as you get a view of the most beautiful sunset of Kerala. About 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, this is one of the finest beaches in Kerala. There is a lighthouse which can be visited every day from 3 pm to 5 pm.
There are three routes from Kottayam to many places in Idukki. Take the one via Pala (Kottayam-Pala-Thodupuzha-Kulamavu) to get a view of the marvelous Idukki Arch Dam. The town of Idukki is best experienced on two wheels.
This enormous Ramayana themed park is named after the bird Jatayu. Jatayu is the bird that tried to rescue Sita from the evil crutches of Raavana. This rock-themed park is a treat to the eyes, as well as a sense of adventure for tourists who wish to know about Ramayana.
Give a soothing and relaxing experience to your body, mind, and soul with the Ayurveda massage from the experts. Different treatments like Abhangam, Ilakkizhi, Podikkizhi, Panchakarma, Udvarthanam, Mavarakkizhi, Ksheeradhara, Thakradhara, and Pizhichil provide you relief from almost any kind of ailments.
Experience food which is as good as what you make at home in a beautiful set up is what this place has to offer. All the food here is prepared in the traditional Kerala style by housewives! It is a cosy place, and hence you might have to wait for a long time to get your turn. However, the wait is worth it.
This where you need to head out for the most amazing biryani of Kerala! This hotel has opened in 1948 and every day, hundreds of people from across the world throng here to have a taste of their really famous biryani.
Kethal's Chicken is the place which serves the most favorite chicken fry of Kerala. Forget KFC, rush to eat KCF!
Here's where you need to eat your food if you are on a shoestring budget. Their famous parantha and biryani are priced approximately INR 50, and is absolutely lip-smacking!
One of the most popular and oldest eateries in Kochi is the Grand Pavilion. If you are patient enough to get through the crowd and grab yourself a seat, get ready to go on a roller coaster of flavors.
If there is a place in Kerala where you can have authentic, fresh fish dishes, then Menorah is that place. They have a fresh supply of fishes and other seafood from a nearby beach.
One of the best pure vegetarian restaurants in Kerala that serves Mallu breakfast and other traditional food of Kerala.
Need a break from the coconut and spicy flavors of Kerala? Head over to Dal Roti! They serve authentic dishes like tandoori chicken, roti and dal makhani that will satisfy your soul.
Setup on a beachside with the perfect beach shack vibes and good music, Beatles is the place you want to spend your lazy evenings.
Is a perfect cup of coffee along with dosa or idly, your idea of an ideal morning? The Indian Coffee House will satisfy your cravings.
One of the best parts of Kerala is Kathakali dance. This age-old traditional form of dance is a beauty in itself. The dancers are adorned with elaborate costumes and makeup paired with graceful body movements, that is a treat to watch. You can spend your laid-back evening by watching a Kathakali performance in Cochin.
Located in the Dream Hotel, Ava Lounge Bar is a happening and sophisticated bar. The subtle interiors and the ambiance is just perfect for your night of revelry. There is also a great variety of food and drinks served here, making your night the best!
Glow is one of the places of Kerala where you can dance away the night. It has luxurious ambiance and interiors that create an atmosphere which is perfect for everyone. They host three specialty nights each week. On Wednesday, it is the Bollywood night; Friday is the Ladies night and on Saturday, it is the special weekend night.
Nasha is a place in Cochin where you can enjoy drinks at a relatively less price. The ambiance here is cozy, and they also serve a wide assortment of Indian and foreign brands here.
Velocity is one of the most happening pubs/restobars in Kerala. It carries a high vibe along with vibrant interiors that is just perfect for a group of friends. True to its name, this pub's floor replicates a racing track.
One of the oldest and best bars in Cochin. The interior is decorated in a very Mediterranean way, with candles glowing in wall niches and a water fountain in the lounge area. There is a varied list of many drinks and starters that you can choose from.
The Spice Market in Kochi is the most famous place to shop for spices in Kerala. There is a vast lineup of local stores dealing with a wide variety of spices that you can choose from. There is a strong aroma to the market and a vibrant range of colorful spices that are sure to grab your attention!
Connemara Market or Palayam Market is one of the favorite shopping destinations of Trivandrum. This street is dotted with unbranded local shops selling vegetables, groceries, household items, garments and coir products.
There is always one shop in all destinations which is eco-friendly. Asparagus is Kerala's! It is one of the unique stores of Kerala that offers a wide variety of Kerala
handloom, handicrafts, organic and khadi cotton products and of course the spices. You want to drop by and get fascinated by the choices it has to offer.
Hindustan Spice and Herbals is one of the primary hubs to shop for spices in Kerala. It has a great collection of spices and medicinal herbs of significant therapeutic value.
If you want to shop for some of the best souvenirs and artifacts, then Pulickatti Handicrafts is where you want to be. It has a profound collection of relics and artifacts you want to take along with you from Kerala at reasonable prices.
With more than 200 branded shops where you can shop your heart out, yummy food court, movie theatres, ice skating, bowling alleys and so much fun, LuLu Mall is the most prominent attraction of Kochi. This place is always crowded and is fun to be!
Another mall in Kochi with some big brands, food court, movie screens and a fantastic shopping experience!
This mall is famous for having the first multiplex theatre in Kochi. However, other than a theatre it also has leading brands in fashion, white goods, dining and international spas with close to 100 stores.
Located in the heart of the city of Calicut, Focus Mall is one of the favorite shopping hubs of Kerala.
This revolutionary shopping fest is organized annually by the Kerala tourism. There is a whole lot of shopping included with so many competitions and display of arts to impress the tourists. It is one of Asia's largest shopping festival!