Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala for a Great Vacation! [Guest Post!]

Today it’s a HUGE thankyou to Akansha Negi for this brilliant guest post about a place in India I really hope to visit one day – that is Kerala.

The Beaches, backwaters, the spice and tea-covered slopes of the Mountains, fiercely protected wildlife and misty roads marked by the gushing waterfalls, make for some amazingly beautiful places to visit in Kerala. The Nilgiri and the Western Ghat mountains provide the green shades and the Arabian Sea waves some sapphire tint making the amazing tapestry of Kerala. While the long coastline extends to the beautiful beaches like Kovalam the dramatic mountains offer the misty hill stations of Kerala such as Munnar and Thekkady.

Kerala tour is not limited to the breath-taking views of the beaches and hill stations. The rich heritage that tells stories about the colonial era is depicted in the 16th-century forts of Kochi making for some famous tourist attractions in Kerala. Walking along the cleaner roads and cobbled pathways will allow you a tour of the old colonial era. Moreover, the sight of Chinese fishing nets has become a part of the Kerala culture. Here are some of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Alleppey – The Venice of East 

The sluggish network of shining backwaters makes this place exceptional and a must-visit place in Kerala. Cruising through the serene backwater amid picturesque views of nature brings eternal joy. The stretches of coconut groves, green paddy fields, colonial houses, and lakes filled with water lilies give a blissful touch to your Alleppey tour. If you have not experienced before how the Keralites traditionally use coconut and banana leaves in their food, this is an excellent opportunity to endure the Kerala dining style while cruising on an Alleppey houseboat.

Things to do in Alleppey

  • Enjoy backwater cruising in Alleppey houseboat
  • Visit Alappuzha Beach
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Marari Beach
  • Revi Karunakaran Museum
  • Marari Beach
  • Punnamada Lake
  • Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha

Munnar – A Romantic Paradise

Your search for the best destinations for honeymoon in India ends here. Lush tea plantations and aromatic vegetation are spread across the rolling mountain slopes. Gushing waterfalls and charming rivulets mark every turn of the misty roads of this famous hill station in India. The picturesque expenses allow the most romantic honeymoon in Kerala.  For adventure lovers, Anamudi peak, the highest mountain in South India offers trekking opportunity. Eravikulam National Park, home to the Nilgiri Tahr and where the Neelakurinji flowers bloom once in 12 years is a must-visit place in Munnar tour.

Things to do in Munnar

  • Visit Eravikulam National Park
  • Tata Tea Museum
  • Echo Point
  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Anamudi Peak
  • Munnar Tea Museum
  • Attukal Waterfalls
  • Cheeyappara Waterfalls
  • Marayoor Dolmens
  • Kundala Lake

Kumarakom – The heaven of serenity

Settled on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this is one of the best tourist places in Kerala for a honeymoon. Cruise on the serene backwaters on a houseboat with your loved one and you will have cherished memories for lifelong. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary home to birds of all kinds, local and migratory. Some flock here from Siberia, Europe, and other far places. Kumarakom is home to some of the best beaches in Kerala where you can get rejuvenated with Kerala Ayurveda at one of the many Kumarakom Ayurveda Resorts.

Things to do in Kumarakom

  • Cruise through Kumarakom Backwaters
  • Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Aruvikkuzhi waterfall
  • Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Bay Island Driftwood Museum
  • Kumarakom Beach
  • Pathiramal Island

Wayanad – The land of picturesque scenery

Fondly called ‘The Land of Paddy Fields’ Wayanad is one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 4 days trip itinerary. Its verdant bliss allows travelers to live in a Kerala tree house. Adventure lovers can trek to Meenmutty Falls or Chembra Peak. Explore the pre-historic Edakkal Caves and ruins of ancient temples.

Things to do in Wayanad

  • Visit Thusharagiri Waterfalls
  • Thirunelli Temple
  • Banasura Hill
  • Lakkidi View Point
  • Puliyarmala Jain Temple
  • Kabini
  • Papanashini River
  • Padinjarathara Dam

Thekkady – The home of fiercely protected wildlife

What makes Thekkady one of the best places to visit in South India is its natural heaven blessed with wildlife. Home to wide species of animals including tigers, elephants, lions, deers, bison, and many more Thekkady offers great opportunity for trekking, boating, bird watching and wildlife safari in Kerala. Also, spice plantations on the lush slopes are a draw for tourists.

Things to do in Thekkady

  • Visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary
  • Periyar Lake
  • Kadathanadan Kalari Centre,
  • Ayurvedic Garden
  • Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mudra Cultural Centre Murikkady
  • Vandanmedu

Kovalam – The beach paradise of Kerala

Travelers from all over the world visit Kerala to soothe their soul in this palm-shaded paradise. Kovalam is home to some of the best beaches in India. You can relax in the tranquil and palm-lined Hawa beach and relish some authentic Kerala seafood. Indulge in adventurous watersports in the Samudra beach or enjoy a panoramic view from the Lighthouse beach. Go for a Yoga session or a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at a Kerala Ayurveda resort here. Also, you can take a tour of the capital city Trivandrum located at a distance of 17 Km from Kovalam.

Things to do in Kovalam

  • Visit Lighthouse Beach
  • Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach
  • Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple
  • Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
  • Akkulam Lake
  • Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor

Bekal – The ultimate heaven on earth

This place is mainly known for the famous Bekal Fort where the blockbuster movies like Rang De Basanti were filmed. The calming sea breeze, the pleasant weather and stunning views are key ingredients that rank Bekal as one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Things to do in Bekal

  • Visit Bekal Fort
  • Ananthapura Temple
  • Valiyaparamba Backwaters
  • Bekal Beach
  • Chandragiri Fort
  • Kappil Beach

Varkala – Nature’s purest land                    

This is another beach paradise and one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Bekal beach is famous for adventurous watersports like boat riding, surfing, parasailing, and jetting. The unparalleled beauty of the beach can be witnessed during sunsets. To add a touch of luxury to your Kerala tour, you can stay in an exotic beach resort in Varkala.

Things to do in Varkala

  • Visit Varkala Beach
  • Janardhan Temple
  • Anjengo Fort,
  • Sarkara Devi Temple
  • Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.

Here is the complete list of 40 things to do in Kerala.


Author Bio –   A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures, and experiences of her travels. As a travel enthusiast, she loves to travel in India as this country is a sumptuous mixture of traditions, spiritual beliefs, and magnificent landscapes.


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