Top 33 Best Places to Visit in Kerala for 2021(with PHOTOS)

Kerala which is known as God’s Own Country is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all across the world. The magical backwaters, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations  known for spices offer something to every kind of traveler.

There are exciting ways to explore Kerala, right from beaches to  traditional houseboats, from tea plantations to wildlife and from waterfalls to treehouses. You can easily spend days getting mesmerised by its natural beauty and rich traditions, heritage and culture.

Whether you are planning a solo trip, a romantic honeymoon or a family vacation, you will find Kerala’s charm irresistible. Go on, explore this list of best places to visit in Kerala with pictures and add new pages to your travel diary in 2020.

Situated almost on the southern tip of India, the state of Kerala has the Arabian Sea to its west side and is crossed by several rivers. It is an area rich in produce such as coconut, sugar cane, rubber and oilseeds.

If you are thinking of planning a trip out there, you will not be alone. Up until the 1980s, the area was not a well used tourist destination. It was mainly the north of India that had the concentration of visitors from overseas. However, with a campaign fronted by the Kerala Tourist Development Corporation, all that changed over the coming decades. Kerala became a place that the more discerning traveller wanted to visit and with that numbers steadily grew.

Apt for family vacations, romantic getaways, and honeymoons, here are some of the best places to visit in Kerala that must be a part of your travel plan.

Alleppey | Athirapally Falls | Ashtamudi | Bekal | Cochin/Kochi | Gavi | Guruvayur | Idukki | Kannur | Kasargod | Kozhikode | Kollam | Kovalam | Kumarakom | Kuttanad | Malampuzha | Marari Beach | Munnar | Munroe Island | Nelliyampathy | Nilambur | Palakkad | Poovar | Ponmudi | Sabarimala |Thangasseri |Thekkady | Thenmala | Thrissur | Trivandrum | Vagamon | Varkala | Wayanad

Best Places to Visit in Kerala

1. Alleppey –  Houseboat & Backwaters

Located close to Cochin in the Southern state of Kerala, Alleppey tops the list of picture-perfect Kerala tourism places and is known for beautiful backwaters and houseboats offering overnight stays.

Alleppey also known as Alappuzha was given the tag ‘Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon and the endless, fascinating backwaters in alleppey  dotted with green paddy fields and palm trees, make it the best backwater destination in Kerala. You can make a houseboat stay the highlight of your trip and discover the charm

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A Traditional Kerala Houseboat In Backwaters At Alleppey In India

of backwaters of Kerala with a leisurely cruise along its canals. Explore local villages and see villagers going about their routine chores as you drift away on a serene journey. When you think of the best places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon, Alleppey definitely tops the list because of the uniqueness of the backwaters which creates stunning backdrop for a romantic getaway.

ALSO SEE- Top 12 Kerala Honeymoon Places (with Photos) for a Romantic EscapeIf you want to explore beyond the backwaters of Alleppey, head to the Alappuzha Beach. The lighthouse on the beach is a popular tourist place. Adding to Alleppey’s charm is also the traditional Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race that takes place on the Punnamada Lake in August every year. For curious wanderers, Alleppey is the most beautiful place in Kerala that has a lot of fascinating places to visit.

Popular tourist attractions in Alleppey: Backwaters and Houseboats, Alappuzha Beach, Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Snake Boat Race) in Punnamada Lake, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, International Coir Museum, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Arthunkal Church, Pathiramanal Island, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Karumadikkuttan and Mannarshala Temple

ALSO SEE- 10 Best Tourist Places in AlleppeyBest time to visit Alleppey: All-year round : Summer (April – May), Winter (September – February/ March), Monsoon (June – September Mid)

How to reach Alleppey:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (75 km)
  • Rail: Alleppey Railway Station (within the city limits)
  • Road: KSRTC buses from all major towns (the city is well connected to NH 47)

2. Munnar – Tales of Tea Gardens & Spices

Lying at 1600 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the most sought-after Kerala places to visit and is aptly called the ‘Kashmir of South India’.

Munnar is the most popular hill station in Kerala located in Idukki district and is is the most beautiful place to visit in Kerala,. Once the summer capital of the Britishers, Munnar is now famous for lush tea plantations and the tea museum. Experience endless, sloping valleys of greenery and wake up to the smell of refreshing tea leaves during your stay in a tea estate in Munnar.


ALSO SEE- Top 16 Best Places to Visit in MunnarMunnar also offers excitement for wildlife enthusiasts. Spotting elephants and the endangered mountain goat, Nilgiri tahr is common at the Anamudi peak in Munnar. The Elephant Lake is another popular place in Munnar to find a herd of tuskers in a natural environment. If you’re lucky, you might just wake up to elephants walking through the tea plantations. So, if you are looking for picturesque places to visit in Kerala for 3 days, Munnar is the most popular option.


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Tea Gardens In Munnar

Popular tourist attractions in Munnar include: Kanan Devan Tea Museum, Tata Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Peak, Pothamedu View Point, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, Kolukkumalai, Chithirapuram, Rajamala and Top Station, Life of Pi Church, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls etc

Best time to visit Munnar : Summer: March to May, Winter: September to February

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How to reach Munnar:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (110 km)
  • Rail: Aluva Railway Station (108 km), Ernakulam Railway Station (125 km) or Udumalaipettai (Tamil Nadu) Railway Station (85 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses from all major towns (the city is well connected to NH 47)


3. Kochi –  Starting Point to visit Best Places to visit in Kerala

One of the finest natural harbors in Kerala, Kochi tops the list of best tourist places in Kerala to understand the culture of God’s Own Country.

Kochi or Cochin is definitely among our top 3 tourist places to visit in Kerala.  Kochi isalso known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ as it used to be an important trade center in ancient days. Modern Kochi has retained the charms of the many cultures that influenced it – British, Arabian, Portugese and Chinese.

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Chinese Fishing Nets. Kochi Has Retained The Charms Of The Many Cultures That Influenced It – British, Arabian, Portugese And Chinese

Kochi has also been ranked seventh in Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2020. It is home to one of the oldest European churches in India, Saint Francis Church –which had the remains of Vasco Da Gama and modern Kochi city has also won the UN Champions of the Earth award for an airport that is fully powered by Solar Energy.

ALSO SEE- 11 Tourist Places to visit in KochiKochi is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for 2 days. It is perfect for travelers interested in food, history, and beaches. The unique Chinese fishing nets are hard to miss on your arrival to Fort Kochi. The fishermen are always ready to show you how the nets work and enthusiastically let you to participate in the fishing activity.

While in Kochi, it’s a good idea to head to the traditional spice markets for some authentic spice shopping, which make a great backdrop for vibrant pictures. Kochi is also among one of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions in Kochi: Fort Immanuel, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Cemetery, David Hall, Vasco da Gama Square, Vasco House, St. Francis Church, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Cherai Beach. Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town, Jewish Synagogue, Spice Market, Vypeen Beach, Edappally Museum, Cochin Cultural Centre, Bolgatty Island, Muziris Heritage Project and Lulu Mall (one of the largest malls in India)

Best time to visit Kochi: October to February

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How to reach Kochi:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (44 km)
  • Rail: Ernakulam Junction (7 km), Ernakulam Town, Aluva (28 km) and Tripunithura (14 km)
  • Road: National Highways and State Highways that connects it to other states of India and cities of Kerala

4. Thekkady – Elephants, Kathakali and Martial Arts

A heaven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Thekkady is one of the best Kerala tourist places to explore spice gardens and enjoy various adventure sports.

Thekkady is one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala and home to wildlife like elephants, bison, deer, Nilgiri langurs and tigers. Cruise along the length of the lake in a tourist boat while sighting animals, birds and reptiles. It is a great idea to keep a pair of binoculars handy to spot the unusual. The lush greenery of the forest and the calm water can have a soothing effect on you. Check out the boating timings and cost before you go.

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It Is Better To Prebook The Boat Cruises On Periyar Lake In Thekkady, Kerala, India


ALSO SEE- Thekkady Boating in 2020-Online Booking, Timings, CostThekkady also houses the Periyar National Park which is a tiger and elephant reserve, where you can go on a jungle jeep safari. There are also treks along the Tiger Trail, bamboo rafting, camps and midnight safaris organised for those who are looking for more adventure. If you are looking for tourist places in Kerala for a one day trip, Thekkady should definitely be on your list.

ALSO SEE- Best Things to do in Thekkady Popular tourist attractions in Thekkady : Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail, Bamboo Rafting, Border Hiking, Gavi Forest, Mangaladevi Temple, Deepa World Spice, and Ayurvedic Garden, Peermedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, Elephant Junction, Pandikuzhi Waterfalls, Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali Centre, Vandanmedu Cardamom Hills and Vandiperiyar Spice Plantations.

Best time to visit Thekkady : Monsoon: June to September, Winter: October to February

How to reach Thekkady:
  • Air: Madurai Airport (136 km) and Kochi Airport (163 km)
  • Rail: Kottayam Station (110 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses or Car


5. Kumarakom –  Backwaters of Kerala & Houseboats

Laced with holy pilgrimage sites and blessed with mesmerizing beauty, Kumarakom is one of the ancient Kerala places to visit that houses the magnificent Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

When you want to do nothing on your trip, head to Kumarakom. Located near the Vembanad Lake, this backwater destination is the kind of tourist places in Kerala you will want to keep returning to. You can cruise along on a houseboat and gaze at the sunset against a setting of coconut trees, while letting your feet dip in Kumarakom’s calming waters.

A stay in one of the luxury backwater resorts in Kumarakom during your Kerala holidays is a must to experience its serene vibes.

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Kumarakom is a little and less crowded backwater hamlet with exotic scenery famous for houseboatsIf you are interested in some bird watching, you can head to one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in the country, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. It is home to a variety of migratory birds and can add an element of fun to your trip.

Popular tourist attractions in Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Vembanad Lake, Kakkathuruthu, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Beach, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally and Juma Masjid

ALSO SEE- Best Places to visit in KumarakomBest time to visit Kumarakom: August to May

How to reach Kumarakom:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (85 km)
  • Rail: Kottayam Station (16 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses ply from Kottayam to Kumarakom
  • Water: Boat from Muhamma (a town near Alleppey – around 21 km)

6. Wayanad – Paddy Fields & Pristine Forests

Known for its pleasant climate throughout the year, Wayanad is one of the ultimate Kerala tourist places to escape the scorching sun of North India.

Being a pleasant hill station, Wayanad is one of those locations in Kerala that you can visit throughout the year. Wayanad means ‘land of paddy fields’ offers you a lush landscape dotted with rice paddy fields,  betel nut trees, coffee plantations and bamboo forests

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Wayanad Is A Land Of Paddy Fields And Heart-Shaped Lake

It also has caves with rock and wall carvings belonging to the Neolithic and Mesolithic ages, making it one of the most exotic tourist places in Kerala. A great place to spot wildlife, especially wild elephants, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and one of the forest places to visit in Kerala. 

ALSO SEE- Top 8 Hill Stations in KeralaPopular tourist attractions in Wayanad: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, Lakkidi, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kuruva Island, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Vythiri, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meenmutty Falls, Pookode Lake,Thirunelli Temple, Pakshipathalam, Sulthan Bathery and Puliyarmala Jain Temple

Best time to visit Wayanad: All-year round

How to reach Wayanad:
  • Air: Calicut International Airport (65 km)
  • Rail: Kozhikode Station (110 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

7. Athirapally Waterfalls – Grander than Grand

Popular as the “Niagara of India”, Athirapppily Falls located 63 km from Thrissur district is one of the most visited tourist places in Kerala.

Athirapally Waterfalls are the tallest waterfalls (80 ft) in Kerala and are one of the best places to visit in Kerala for a one day trip located on the Chalakudy River near the Sholayar range, the Athirapally waterfalls have served as a majestic location for a lot of Indian movies.

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Athirappally Waterfalls Is Known As The Niagara Falls Of India

The enthralling Athirapally Falls look like a scene straight out of a fantasy. You can get close to the spot above the falls and feel the stream of water trickling through your toes, against a surreal backdrop of green peaks. You can also spot four different species of hornbills here. So, when you think of economic places to visit in Kerala, think of athirappilly waterfalls.

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Popular tourist attractions in Athirapally Waterfalls: Athirapally & Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Chalakudy River and Sholayar Dam

Best time to visit Athirapally Waterfalls: October to February

How to reach Athirapally Falls:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (40 km)
  • Rail: Chalakudy Junction (32 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

8. Poovar Island -Floating Cottages & Fresh Mangroves

Enveloped by serene backwaters and opening to the Arabian Sea and golden sand beach, Poovar is one of the most stunning Kerala places to visit.

If you are looking for offbeat places to visit in Kerala, this little island located between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River is where you should be heading to! What makes Poovar stand out is that it’s an estuary where the beach, island, river and sea meet. Its golden sands, calm waters, unique flora and fauna make it one of the best tourist places in Kerala.

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Poovar Is The Only Estuary In Kerala Where Lake, River, Backwaters And Sea Meet

Wake up to the sound of the sea by booking your stay in a floating cottage. Go boating through the dense mangrove forests or simply gaze at the horizon for hours to unwind and destress. Many island resorts in Poovar also offer Ayurvedic treatments for your well-being. Check out these places to visit in Poovar Kerala.

ALSO SEE – Poovar Honeymoon PackagePopular tourist attractions near Poovar Island: Poovar Beach, Pozhikkara Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach, Thirparappu Falls, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Neyyar Dam and Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Best time to visit Poovar Island: October to February

How to reach Poovar:
  • Air: Thiruvananthapuram  Airport (30 km)
  • Rail: Thiruvananthapuram Station (27 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses (27 km)

9. Vagamon – Amazing Valleys & Adventures

Nestled in between green hills, Vagamon is one of the few places in India that is still not touched by commercialization making it one of the most charming Kerala tourist places.

‘Which are the hill stations I should visit in Kerala? is an often asked question by travellers looking for cooler terrains in this otherwise hot state. Located at the Idukki-Kottayam border, Vagamon is an idyllic hill-station dotted with meadows and pine-forests. Vagamon’s three hills, Kurisumala, Thangal and Murugan are said to represent the Muslim, Hindu, and Christian faiths! Misty hills, tea plantations and endless meadows in Vagamon form a beautiful canvas for your travelogue.

ALSO SEE- Best time to visit Vagamon</strong> You can also get adventurous at Vagamon as it offers the perfect backdrop for paragliding training, rock climbing activities and hill-top camping amidst the clouds. Overall, Vagamon is the best family holiday destination in Kerala.


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Vagamon Is A Hill Station Famous For Endless Green Meadows

Popular tourist attractions in Vagamon: Vagamon Meadows, Vagamon Lake, Karikadu View Point, Pine Forest, Thangan Hill, Murugan Hill, Kurisumala, Vagamon Falls, Maramala Waterfalls, Barren Hills, Mundakayam Ghat, Pattumalai Church, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, Vagamon Orchidarium and Floriculture Project, Peermade and Kuttikanam Castle

Best time to visit: All-year round

How to reach Vagamon:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (75 km)
  • Rail: Kottayam Railway Station (64 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses or cabs

10. Varkala – Sandy Cliffs & Surfing Tides

The beautiful coastal town of Varkala is one of the best places to visit in Kerala that has attracted pilgrims and tourists for a long time.

When someone asks ‘What are the most beautiful beaches to visit in Kerala?’, the first answer is definitely Varkala! It is the only place in Kerala where you can find enticing cliffs by the sea, which makes Varkala beach stand out from the rest of the beach destinations in Kerala. Varkala is also known for water sports like parasailing and windsurfing because of its long tides and favourable weather.


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Varkala Is A Quaint Beach With Shacks And A Cliff Overlooking The Sea

One of the best things to do in Kerala is seeing the romantic sunset at Papanasam beach in Varkala. It is a beautiful experience to bring in with your loved ones. If you are lucky enough, you might also spot a few dolphins frolicking around in the sea. When you want to soak in some sun and sand in God’s Own Country, Varkala is where you should be heading.

ALSO SEE – Top 10 Best Resorts in Varkala for 2020 (With Photos)Popular tourist attractions in Varkala: Varkala Beach, Water Sports in Varkala, Edava Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Kappil Beach, Papanasam Beach, Varkala Lighthouse, Anjengo Fort, 590 Cliff, Janardhana Swamy Temple, Sivagiri Mutt, Vishnu Temple, Sarkara Devi Temple, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Varkala Tunnel, Varkala Aquarium, Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah and Kaduvayil Juma Masjid

Best time to visit Varkala: October to February

How to reach Varkala:
  • Air:Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (45 km)
  • Rail: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station (48.2 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

11. Ashtamudi – Unique Backwaters with eight (Ashta) branches in Southern Kerala

If you want to experience nature at its finest, head to Ashtamudi. Ashtamudi is famous in Kerala for tourism because of the picturesque Ashtamudi lake and backwaters, cashew processing, coir production and traditional fishing culture. It is the best place to enjoy the intimate experience of backwaters in Kerala.

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Ashtamudi Is A Unique Backwater With A Topography That Has Eight (Ashta) Branches In Southern Kerala

Surrounded by lush green trees and swaying coconut palms, Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala and is one of the most popular Kerala tourism places in Kollam.

The Ashtamudi lake stretches for about 16 km with eight branches, finally merging into the sea at the Neendakara estuary in Kollam. You can plan your stay in one of the floating cottages to enjoy the serene ambience of the backwaters.This beautiful location also has wellness centres to experience rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments.

Popular tourist attractionsin Ashtamudi: Ashtamudi Backwaters, Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard and Munroe Island

Best time to visit Ashtamdui: October to February

How to reach Ashtamudi:
  • Air: Trivandrum International Airport (71 km)
  • Rail: Kollam Railway Station (15 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

12. Kannur – Best Places to visit in Northern Kerala

Cradled between the Lakshadweep sea in the west and the Western Ghats in the east, Kannur or Cannanore is blessed with natural beauty. With picturesque beaches and rich heritage, it is one of the best sightseeing places in Kerala, that offers you a versatile experience. Kannur houses Asia’s longest drive-in beach, the Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach – one of the rare places to visit in Kerala. You can also spot migratory birds here in winter.

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Kannur Is Famous For Theyyam, Heritage, Beaches And Hills

Kannur is also popularly known as the ‘Land of Looms and Lores’ for its handloom industry and rich art and culture. You can pick some of the best handloom cotton fabrics from Kannur. Theyyam – a unique dance of Gods is an incredible art form that is worth experiencing when you visit Kannur.

Popular tourist attractions in Kannur:  Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, St. Angelo’s Fort, Arakkal Kettu Museum, Payyambalam Beach, Thottada Beach, Baby Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Mopila Bay, Dharmadam Island, Parassinikkadavu and Sundareswara Temple

Best time to visit Kannur: October to February

How to reach Kannur:
  • Air: Kannur International Airport (26.4 km)
  • Rail: Kannur Railway Station (1.7 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

13. Guruvayur – Lord Krishna Temple & Elephants

Guruvayur is one of the most sacred pilgrimage Kerala tourist places and is home to Guruvayur Temple which is popular as ‘Dwarka of the South’.

If you are looking for religious places to visit in Kerala, make Guruvayur –  the most famous Shree Krishna Temple in Kerala, a part of your itinerary. It is dedicated to god Guruvayurappan (Lord Vishnu) in the avatar of Lord Krishna. Popularly referred to as ‘Dwaraka of South India’, Guruvayur temple is considered to be around 5000 years old, making it one of India’s most ancient temples!

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Guruvayoor Temple Is Considered The ‘Dwaraka Of The South’,

Located in Thrissur district, this temple is thronged by spiritual seekers during festivals like Janmashtami, Kumbham Utsavam and Ekadasi. You can also visit the luxurious mansion, Punnathur Kotta Elephant Palace, which houses more than 65 elephants who service of the Lord during temple ceremonies.

ALSO SEE – Top 17 Famous Temples in KeralaPopular tourist attractions: Guruvayur Temple, Punnathur Kotta Elephant Palace, Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, Parthasarathy Temple,Guruvayur Elephant Camp Sanctuary, Mammiyur Mahadevan Temple, Chamundeshwary Temple, Devaswom Institute of Mural Paintings and Palayur Church

Best time to visit: October to February

How to reach Guruvayur:
  • Air: Kochi International Airport (80 km)
  • Rail: Guruvayur Railway Station (1.1 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

14. Bekal – Largest Fort in Kerala by the sea side

Known for stunning beauty and unspoiled elegance, Bekal is one of the best tourist places in Kerala to find peace, tranquility, and romance.

Bekal is a small port town located in Kasargod district, and is home to historic forts. One of the best places to visit in Kerala is the 17th century Bekal Fort, which has been the stunning backdrop of many popular films. This largest fort in Kerala offers an enchanting view of the beautiful Arabian sea, which makes it so picture-worthy. There is also an Anjaneya temple located at the entrance.


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Bekal Is The Largest Fort In Kerala (Rising To About 130 Ft Above Sea Level) Is Surrounded By A Beautiful Beach

You can spend quiet moments at the Bekal beach or head to the caves at the Nityanand Ashram for a memorable time at Bekal.

ALSO SEE- Top 10 Best Beach Resorts in Kerala for 2020 VacationPopular tourist attractions in Bekal: Bekal Fort, Bekal Beach, Nityanand Ashram Caves, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Chandragiri Fort, Mallikarjuna Temple, Nileswaram Cultural Centre, Kappil Beach and Pallikere Beach

Best time to visit Bekal: September to May

How to reach Bekal:
  • Air: Mangalore Airport (50 km)
  • Rail: Kasargod Railway Station (12 km)
  • Road: Kasargod Bus Station (12 km)

15. Kozhikode/Calicut – City of Culinary Delights

Blessed with serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, and hills, Kozhikode is one of the most popular Kerala tourist places.

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is a port city that’s famous for being the place where Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498. While you will still find history in its streets, Kozhikode has a lot more to offer. It is known for its temples, beaches, parks, outdoor activities, landmarks, and is equally famous for its authentic delicacies like Biryanis and Halwas.

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Fondly Known As Calicut, The Port City Is Famous For Being The Place Where Vasco Da Gama Landed In 1498.

A heritage walk in Calicut will throw up hidden places you wouldn’t have seen in Kerala. It is the kind of city where you can strike a conversation with the locals and get travel information of a place easily.

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Popular tourist attractions in Kozhikode: Kozhikode Beach, Kappad Beach, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Mavoor Road, Palayam, or Calicut Byepass Road, Beypore Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Sarovaram Bio Park, Thusharagiri Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kadalundi, Thalikkunu Shiva Temple, Tali Temple, Lion’s Park,Thiruvachira Sree Krishna Temple, Kalipoyika Backwaters, Mananchira Square, Art Gallery And Krishna Menon Museum and Peruvannamuzhi Dam

Best time to visit Kozhikode: October to February


How to reach Kozhikode:
  • Air: Calicut International Airport (28.2 km)
  • Rail: Kozhikode Railway Station (2.4 km)
  • Road: Kozhikode Bus Station (2.4 km)

16. Kollam – Nature & Novelty

Known as the Cashew Capital of the World, Kollam famous for Ashtamudi lake tops the list of Kerala places to visit.

Located on the Malabar coast and home to serene backwaters, Kollam is a place of historical significance and natural beauty. It has been mentioned in the travelogues of legendary travelers like Ibn Batuta and Marco Polo and regularly features as one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

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Kollam Is A Seaport And Backwater Town That Is The Gateway To Kerala Backwaters &Amp; Famous For Jatayu Statue

One of the highlights in Kollam is the 8-hour houseboat ride from Ashtamudi to Alappuzha, which offers enchanting views of the landscape. If you love beaches, you can unwind at Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach.

Among the best unexplored places of Kerala is Jatayupara Earth’s Center in Kollam which is themed on the Hindu mythology, Ramayana and has an enormous statue of the mythological bird, Jatayu.

Popular tourist attractions in Kollam: Thenmala Dam, Palaruvi Falls, Jatayupara Earth’s Center, Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam Beach, Thangassery Beach, Thangassery Light House, Thirumullavaram Beach, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Sasthamkotta Lake, Mahatma Gandhi Beach And Park, Deer Park Thenmala, Neendakara Port, Thevally Palace and Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

Best time to visit: October to February


How to reach Kollam:
  •  Air: Trivandrum International Airport (66 km)
  • Rail: Kollam Junction (3.9 km)
  • Road: Kollam Bus Station (4.8 km)

17. Kovalam – Coconut Groves & Crescent Beaches

If you are looking for one of the best beaches in Kerala that offers a multitude of activities (including a surf club), Kovalam should be on your list. A popular ‘hippie’ hangout in the 70s, Kovalam is now a quiet beach town with three splendid crescent-shaped beaches – Hawa, Lighthouse, and Samudra.

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Kovalam Is A Beach Town With Three Splendid Crescent-Shaped Beaches – Hawah, Lighthouse, And Samudra

There are a lot of food outlets dotting the shoreline and many beach sports to treat your adventurous soul. You can go sunbathing or enjoy a thrilling Catamaran ride. One of the best tourist attractions in Kerala, this charming beach town also happens to be where many enthusiasts opt to do yoga by the beach or enrol for a yoga teacher training program.

Located by the beautiful Arabian Sea, Kovalam is one of the best Kerala tourist places where you can connect back to yourself and nature.

ALSO SEE – Top 15 Best Beaches in Kerala-Kerala Beach Guide with Photos

Popular tourist attractions in Kovalam: Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Hawa Beach, Surfing Activities, Neyyar Dam, Vizhinjam Marine Research Museum, Vizhinjam Cave Temple, Halcyon Castle, Vellayani Lake, Shanghumukham Beach, Artificial Off-Shore Coral Reef and Karaman River

Best time to visit Kovalam: November to February

How to reach Kovalam:
  • Air: Trivandrum Airport (14 km)
  • Rail: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (13 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses or private buses

ALSO SEE – Kovalam or Varkala – Which beach to visit?

18.Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram – Capital of Kerala

Called the ‘Evergreen City of India’, Trivandrum is one of the Kerala tourist places that offers an appealing blend of heritage and colonial legacy.

Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is Kerala’s buzzing capital. This vibrant city houses is an interesting mix of tradition and modernity. It is home to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the world’s richest temple and also to India’s first IT park, Technopark.

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Thiruvananthapuram Has The Richest Temple In The World

In your search for Kerala tourism places, Trivandrum is a must-visit. Whatever kind of traveller you are, you will surely be charmed by its appeal. It offers you beach spots, IT parks, historical palaces and museums. If you are looking for an enchanting combination of experiences that range from adventure to history to a love for scenic locations, Trivandrum is the place to be in.

Popular tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Shankumugham Beach, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Napier Museum, Natural History Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Chalai Market, Neyyar Dam, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Vellayani Lake, Academy for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports and Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

ALSO SEE – 9 Palaces in Kerala You Must Visit To Explore Kerala Culture and HeritageBest time to visit Thiruvananthapuram: October to February

How to reach Trivandrum:
  • Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (6.9 km)
  • Rail: Trivandrum Central Railway Station (5.5 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

19. Thrissur – Cultural Capital among the best places to visit in Kerala

Known as the land of Poorams, Thrissur well-known for ancient temples, churches, and mosques is one of the best tourist places in Kerala.

The ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’, Thrissur is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for its spiritual vibes and colourful festivals. It is widely known for the ‘Thrissur Pooram’ festival, which is considered the most famous of all poorams. It draws lakhs of devotees and tourists from all over the world. You can also see decorated elephants parading during the procession and an impressive display of fireworks.

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Thrissur Is Famous For Unique Pooram Festival &Amp; Elephants

Celebrating Onam in Thrissur is also a visual treat where you witness see the folk art form, Pulikali or tiger-themed dances on the streets, colourful gatherings and can relish authentic Kerala cuisine. When in Thrissur, immerse yourself in the rich traditions and take back unique experiences from your travelogue.

ALSO SEE- Pulikali – Tiger Dance in KeralaPopular tourist attractions in Thrissur: Guruvayur Temple, Punatthur Kotta, Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur Zoo & Museum, Archaeological Museum, Bible Tower, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Peechi Dam, Heritage Garden, Vilangan Kunnu, Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores, Chavakkad Beach, Arattupuzha Temple, Shankara Samadhi, Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple, Appan Thampuran Smarakam, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum and Vadakkechira

Best time to visit Thrissur: October to February

How to reach Thrissur:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport (67 km)
  • Rail: Thrissur Railway Station (2.2 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

20. Malampuzha – Scenic Dam in Central Kerala

Blessed with a serene atmosphere and pristine surroundings, Malampuzha is one of the most attractive Kerala places to visit that houses the famous Malapuzha dam constructed in 1955.

Located in Palakkad district, Malampuzha offers lush green landscapes and interesting attractions. The Malampuzha Garden and Dam are the biggest crowd pullers in this little village. Its natural beauty and serene atmosphere makes the Malampuzha garden a popular picnic spot.

It has a one-of-its-kind rock garden in South India made with broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, melamine dishware and tins. Also popular is the statue of Malampuzha Yakshi (a demigoddess) in the garden. The cable car ride through the garden gives a fascinating experience as you can get a vantage view of the lush verdant space.

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Malampuzha Has The Only Rock Garden In South India Made With Broken Pieces Of Bangles, Tiles, Used Plastic Cans, And Tins.

The garden overlooks the Malampuzha Dam, which is a tourist attraction. You can visit the Kava Viewpoint behind the dam for a breathtaking view of the greenery. Add Malampuzha to your list of places to visit in Kerala and get a refreshing break.

Popular tourist attractions in Malampuzha: Malampuzha Garden and Dam, Thread Garden, Udan Khatola,  Fantasy Park, Snake Park, Palakkad Fort, Dhoni Hills and Waterfalls

Best time to visit: August to April

How to reach Malampuzha:
  • Air: Coimbatore International Airport (43 km)
  • Rail: Palakkad Junction (16 km)
  • Road: Private cabs

21. Ponmudi – Hilly Retreats & Hiking Trips

Famous for mist-filled mountains and tea estates, Ponmudi is one of the most enchanting Kerala tourism places.

When the mountains are calling, give in to the allure of Ponmudi in Kerala. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this hill station has everything to give you the adrenaline rush. The ‘Golden Peak of Kerala’ is adorned with breathtaking views and packed with adventure sports.

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Ponmudi Is The Golden Peak In Northern Kerala

Cradled in tea plantations and misty clouds, Ponmudi is every holiday lover’s idyllic destination. Its highest peak, Agasthayarkoodam, forms the perfect backdrop for trekking and mountain climbing. Ponmudi is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for a one day tour. The Golden Valley is a blend of lush greenery with crystal clear waters of the Kallar river and golden sand, which makes it an ideal picnic spot.

ALSO SEE- 75 best things to do in Kerala in 2020 (with Photos)Popular tourist attractions in Ponmudi: Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Golden Valley, Meenmutty Falls, Mankayam Waterfalls and Ponmudi Rock

Best time to visit Ponmudi: October to February

How to reach Ponmudi:
  • Air: Trivandrum International Airport (65 km)
  • Rail: Trivandrum Railway Station (56 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

22. Nelliyampathy Misty Mountains & Marvellous Views

Known for trekking trails and amazing climate, Nelliyampathy is one of the best tourist places in Kerala for adventure tourism.

When you want a break from your hectic lifestyle, head in the direction of Nelliyampathy or Nelliampathi. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala that offers views of lush green vegetation and miles of coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations. It is also ideal for trekking and hiking. Reaching the place is an adventure in itself – you need to negotiate around hairpin bends. But, once you reach there, you will be transported into a peaceful zone where you can easily spend 3 days or more.

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Nelliyampathy Is An Unexplored Offbeat Hill-Station In Kerala

Seethargundu Viewpoint is a very popular place here. Located on a cliff, it offers a stunning view of the dense forests. The spot is perfect for nature lovers and photographers. If you want some adventure, go trekking in the surrounding areas and you could catch a glimpse of wildlife.

ALSO SEE- Nelliyampathy Tourist PlacesPopular tourist attractions in Nelliyampathy : Seethargundu Viewpoint, Pothundi Dam, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nenmara, Palagapandi Estate, Padagiri, Raja’s Cliff, Pothundi Reservoir and Nelliyampathy Gardens

Best time to visit Nelliyampathy: October to February

How to reach Nelliyampathy :

  • Air: Coimbatore Airport (67 km)
  • Rail: Palakkad Station (60 km)
  • Road: Cabs

23. Kasargod – Of Forts & Multiple Languages

Popular as the land of gods, Kasargod is one of the ancient Kerala tourist places famous for its handlooms and is home to the largest and best-preserved fort in Bekal.

Kasargod is one of the best tourist places in Kerala, known for its hills, forts, water bodies and natural beauty. It is also home to the coir and handloom industries, ancient temples, and rich biodiversity. Apart from the popular Bekal Fort, Kasargod is the destination of the historical Chandragiri fort. This is an ideal place to watch the sunsets from the ancient Kizhur Siva Temple. Get breathtaking views of the sea and beach while reliving the history of these forts.

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People In Kasargod Speak 7 Different Languages Including Tulu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil And Konkani!

Kasargod houses many religious sites that are another attraction for devout tourists. The Ananthapura Lake Temple is the most visited places for curious wanderers as it is set in the middle of the lake. There is also a cave inside where a vegetarian crocodile resides and is believed to be the guardian of the temple.

ALSO SEE – 70 best things to do in Kerala in 2020 (with Photos) Popular tourist attractions in Kasargod: Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Chandragiri Bridge, Kasargod Beach, Kappil Beach, Bekal Beach, Chembirika Beach, Kareem’s Forest Park, Madiyan Koolom Temple, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhur Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Maipady Palace, Kasaba Beach Park, Ranipuram, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kottancheri Hills and Mogral River

Best time to visit Kasargod: October to February

How to reach Kasargod:
  • Air: Mangalore Airport  (70 km)
  • Rail: Kasargod Station (2.1 km) and Uppala Station (21.2 km)
  • Road: Uppala Bus Station (21 km)

24. Marari – Unexplored Fishermen Village in Kerala

A local fishing village on Arabian Sea Coast, Marari is one of the perfect Kerala tourism places for holidaying with family and friends.

Searching for unknown places to visit in Kerala beaches? Check out Marari. It is a sleepy fishing village that is less crowded and is home to one of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Kerala. What’s more, Marari Beach is just 2 kilometres away from Alleppey which is famous for the best backwaters in Kerala, so it’s easy to combine a backwater cruise with a beach stay and see the two best sides of Kerala.

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Marari Beach Is An Undeveloped Stretch Of White Sand Bordered By Coconut Trees And Sleepy Fishing Villages.

Marari is not as crowded as Kovalam and Varkala. It is a long, undeveloped stretch of white sand bordered by palm trees and tiny fishing villages. You can see the fishermen’s boats lined up all over the coastline and can also watch them going to the seas to get the catch of the day. Marari has some of the best beach resorts in Kerala which are either beside the beach or just walking distance away.


ALSO SEE- Best Time to Visit Marari Beach  

Popular tourist attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Thumpolly Beach, Mararikulam Shiva Temple, Cherthala, Aroor, Arthunkal, Poochakkal, Kokkamangalam Apostle St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre, St. Francis Church, The Dutch Palace and St. Andres Church

Best time to visit: September to May

How to reach Marari:
  • Air: Kochi International Airport  (74 km)
  • Rail: Alleppey Railway Station (16 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

25. Munroe Island – Canals & Canoes in Kerala

A cluster of 8 islets, Munroe is a hidden gem in Kerala, separated by water channels and lakes. About 27 kilometres from Kollam, Munroe island is one place you should make a trip to, when you want to just relax. Because Munroe islands are one of the most unique places to visit in Kerala, not discovered by many.

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Enjoy Quiet Backwaters In A Canoe At Munroe Island Near Kollam

Enjoy the narrow canals of Munroe in a canoe or a kayak or just gaze into the unending waters to experience a calming effect. The beautiful landscape, peaceful waters and seeing traditional processes like the rope being made from coir can connect you back to nature. And, if you happen to travel here during the Onam festival, don’t miss the Kallada Boat Race to capture the spirit of the locals.

Popular tourist attractions in Munroe Island: Houseboats, Canoe Cruises, Thangassery Lighthouse and Sasthamkotta Lake

Best time to visit Munroe Island: October to February

How to reach Munroe Island:
  • Air: Trivandrum International Airport  (70 km)
  • Rail: Kollam Railway Station (25 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

26. Kuttanad – Rice Granary of Kerala

Called Netherland of Kerala, Kuttanad tops the list of best places to visit in Kerala and is famous for Biosaline Farming.

Popularly known as the ‘Rice Bowl of India’, Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. It is a fertile region where four major Kerala rivers flow in. Owing to its unique landscape, Kuttanad is one of the top places of interest to visit in Kerala. Experience lush paddy crops, swaying palm trees, farmers working with their sickles, ducks in the water and the wind in your hair as you enjoy a laid-back backwater ride.


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Well Known For Its Vast Paddy Fields And Farming Below Sea Level

Located in the interiors of Alappuzha, Kuttanand offers you houseboats, homestays and hotels along the water banks as accommodation options. Staying with the locals is a good idea to understand the culture and cuisines of Kerala. It is also interesting to be a part of the local activities to see coir making and toddy tapping. One of the best places to visit in Kerala, Kuttanad is a dreamy destination for those who love a laid-back vacation.

ALSO SEE – Best Time to visit Kerala Backwaters Popular tourist attractions: Houseboats, Champakulam, Champakulam Church, Moolam Boat Race, St Mary’s Forane Church, Chengannur, Kavalam, Chakkulathukavu Temple, Karumadikuttan, Mannarasala Temple, Thottappally Spillway and Thottappally Lake

Best time to visit: November to February

How to reach Kuttanad:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport  (85 km)
  • Rail: Alappuzha Railway Station (22.5 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses
  • Water: Government Ferry from Alleppey

27. Sabarimala – Lord Ayyappa & Largest Pilgrimage

Sabarimala is the ‘Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa’ and is one of the tourist places in Kerala which is an important Hindu pilgrim center.

One of the largest annual pilgrimage spots in the world dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, Sabarimala is the best religious place to visit in Kerala. Join four crore devotees that visit this holy temple every year, to witness pure spirituality and devoutness. Located on top of the hill surrounded by 18 hills and lush forests that form a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a trip to Sabarimala is a must in the lifetime of every believer.


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Sabarimala Has One Of The Largest Annual Pilgrimages In The World With 50 Million+ Devotees Visiting Every Year

For tourists, it is like travelling back in time to 5000 years ago, which is how ancient the temple is believed to be. Seeing devotees take a holy dip in the river Pamba at the base of the pilgrimage site is a beautiful experience.

It is a good idea to check before visiting because the temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja in November and December, Makara Sankranti on January 14 and Maha Vishuva Sankranti on April 14, and the first five days of each Malayalam month. For the faithful and for the curious travellers alike, a trip to Kerala is usually incomplete without visiting Sabarimala. So, make it a part of your travel plan and get engulfed in a sea of spirituality.


Popular tourist attractions in Sabarimala : Ayyappa Temple, Makaravilakku, Malikkappuram Devi Temple, Vavar Shrine, Pampa Ganapathy Temple, Erumeli and Pandalam

Best time to visit Sabarimala: September to April

How to reach Sabarimala:
  • Air: Cochin International Airport  (110 km)
  • Rail: Chenganur Railway Station (90 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

28.  Palakkad – Picturesque Plains & Pristine Nature

Out of all popular tourist places in Kerala, Palakkad or Palghat stands out as a town that offers you panaromic views of nature, wildlife spots and historical monuments. This ‘Gateway of Kerala’ is a great addition to your itinerary because of its greenery, culture and slow-paced life.

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Palakkad Is Famous For Paddy Fields And Windy Hills

One of the great places to visit in Kerala, India, Palakkad houses the well-maintained Palakkad fort, which was built in the 18th century by Sultan Hyder Ali. It is also known as the Tipu Sultan fort and houses a Hanuman Temple in its premises. When in Palakkad, you can take a quick trip to the Kava viewpoint to be spellbound by verdant views.

Palakkad also boasts of Kerala’s only peacock sanctuary. So, whether it is taking in natural sights, shopping for spices, tea and coffee or visiting the many temples in Palakkad, this place has an unmissable charm.

Popular tourist attractions in Palakkad: Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Kava Viewpoint, Malampuzha Dam and Garden, Malampuzha Snake Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Agali Hills, Chulliar Dam, Kollengode Palace, Mayiladumpara or Cholanoor Peacock Sanctuary, Vadakkanthara Temple, Seethargundu Viewpoint, Thiruvalathur Randu Moorthy Temple, Dhoni Waterfalls, Mangalam Dam, Meenkara Dam and Jain Temple

Best time to visit Palakkad: July to April

How to reach Palakkad:
    • Air: Coimbatore Airport (50 km)
    • Rail: Palakkad Railway Station (6.5 km)
    • Road: KSRTC buses

29. Gavi – Trekking Trails & Tree Houses

A pristine forest situated in Pathanamthitta, Gavi is one of the must-visit Kerala tourism places for all nature lovers.

When you are a nature and wildlife lover, you feel at home in places that boast of ecotourism. One such exotic place to visit in Kerala is Gavi, a leading ecotourism spot in India. The forest houses mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and exotic trees. Trek down the path with a guide or take a jungle safari – either way, you are bound to be awed by nature’s best every moment.

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Gavi Is An Eco-Tourism Destination In Kerala

You can also take a boat ride in the Gavi lake or one to the fragrant cardamom plantations. One of the interesting places to visit in Gavi Kerala is the Sabarimala viewpoint where you can witness the scenic view of the pilgrimage spot, by taking a short trek. A stay in a tree house is one of the most amazing experiences in Gavi – you can also spot rare birds from your accommodation.

ALSO SEE – Top 15 Best forest places to visit in KeralaPopular tourist attractions in Gavi: Gavi Forest Trek, Outdoor Camping, Jeep Safari, Night Safari, Sabarimala Viewpoint, Boating, Cardamom Factory and Ninnumulli Waterfalls

Best time to visit Gavi: September to February

How to reach Gavi:
  • Air: Nedumbassery Airport in Ernakulam (160 km)
  • Rail: Kottayam Railway Station (128 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

30. Thenmala – Dam & Eco-tourism

A tourist destination on the eastern side of the Kollam district, Thenmala is one of the best tourist places in Kerala that houses the first eco-tourism center in India.

Thenmala, which means ‘Honey Hill’ is one of the hidden gems of Kerala. Located in Kollam district, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thenmala has India’s first planned eco-tourism destination, which is divided into three zones, Culture Zone, Leisure Zone and Adventure Zone where you can enjoy distinct experiences amidst lush greenery.

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Themmala Is Known For Eco-Tourism And Dam That Impounds The Longest Reservoir In The State.

Thenmala is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for one day. Nature trails, mountain biking, boating, camping, sculpture gardens, butterfly safaris and more are a joy for adventure and nature seekers. The Palaruvi waterfalls nearby offer an enthralling view and there is also a deer rehabilitation to explore. With responsible tourism on the rise, a visit to Thenmala becomes a must-do on every traveller’s list of places to visit in Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions in Thenmala: Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre, Thenmala Dam,  Metre Gauge Railway, Palaruvi Falls, Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam Bridge, Ambanad Hills, Deer Rehabilitation Centre and Punalur Suspension Bridge

Best time to visit Thenmala: May to November

How to reach Thenmala:
  • Air: Trivandrum International Airport (72 km)
  • Rail: Sengottai Railway Station (34 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

31. Idukki- Dam District with Dense Forests /

Idukki is one of the most nature-rich Kerala tourist places with more than half of the area covered with forests.

Idukki which translates into deep gorge in Malayalam is famous for the highest Arch dam in Asia and the district also has well known forest tourist places in Kerala like Munnar and Thekkady. This is a non coastal area with seventy five percent of area covered with forests and this craggy district is famous for tea factories, wild life sanctuaries  and plantations

Idukki is the second largest district in Kerala with very low population density and is also known as the spice garden of Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions in Idukki: Idukki Dam, Kulamavu, Munnar, Thekkady, Nandukani, Painavu, Mangala Devi Temple, Murikaddy, and Meesapulimala.

Best time to visit Idukki: All Through the Year

How to reach Idukki:
  • Air:Cochin International Airport (95 km)
  • Rail: Aluva Railway Station (65 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

32. Thangassery- Beach and Ancient Portugese Port

A seaside town in Kollam, Thangasseri is one of the tourist places in Kerala famous for 18th century churches.

Thangassery is a famous tourist spot in Kollam District and was an ancient port of pepper trade.Thangassery  was first colonised by Portugese, Dutch and later British.  Thangasseri has an  Anglo-Indian character, though there are few Anglo-Indians in the population  because of the colonial influence.

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Thangasseri Is A Popular Beach In North Kerala With A Light House And A Fishing Village

Tangasseri is a quaint fishermen seaside village with a long beach and a  144 feet tall lighthouse that was built to warn fishermen about the reefs in the coast. The shore also has the ruins of the Dutch and Portugese Forts and the Portugese Cathedral has a long metallic cross on top which is one of the longest in Asia.

Popular tourist attraction in Thangasserys: Thangassery Beach, Light House, Dutch Fort, Portuguese Fort,

Best time to visit Thangassery: All Through the Year

How to reach Thangassery:
  • Air:Trivandrum  International Airport (70 km)
  • Rail: Aluva Railway Station (4 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses

33. Nilambur – Dam District with Dense Forests

Located in the Western Ghats, Nilambur is one of the Kerala tourist places that is noted for the world’s first Teak Museum.

Nilambur is famous for worlds tallest and biggest teak tree known as Kannimara Thekku Teak Tree as well as teak plantation and has the only teak museum in the world. A visitor can get detailed information on teak like natural regeneration of teak, flower and fruit.

Connollys Plot  in Nilambur used to supply teakwood for ship building yards in England and is named after Henry Connolly who was the district collector in Malabar. The Teak garden is surrounded by forests and two rivers on both sides.A hanging bridge connects Connollys Plot to main land across Chailyar River.

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Nilambur Is Famous For Teak Forests And Scenic Railway Lines

Popular tourist attractions in Nilambur: Nilambur Teak Museum,  Connollys Plot, Hanging Bridge,  Adyanpara Waterfall, Nilambur Kovilakom

Best time to visit Nilambur: All Through the Year

How to reach Nilambur:
  • Air:Calicut International Airport (43 km)
  • Rail: Nilambur Road Railway Station (15 km)
  • Road: KSRTC buses


Kerala one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Since then it frequently rates highly in surveys and has, in the past, been named in the top ten of paradises in the world.

This is mainly due to beautiful beaches, the laid-back welcome that greets you every time, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and heritage sites. There is so much to see and do that planning your trip before arriving in Kerala is an excellent way to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.

How to create a list of Best Places to visit in Kerala with itinerary?

The best place to start a trip to Kerala is Kochi and decide on accommodation. Do you want to stay in one place for the whole of your trip or would you rather move around and get the feel of the state in all its glory and diversity?

Setting out an itinerary of exactly what you want to see and where it is within Kerala will mean you can make the most of accommodation. For the places where you have lots that you want to see, an idea would be to book a hotel or guest house for a few nights.

Remember that you don`t want to be rushing around so frantically that you don`t fully take in the atmosphere. Visiting a place like Kerala is a once in a lifetime opportunity so you don`t want to spend most of it either stuck in a car or worrying about the timings of getting to places.

But do not worry if your itinerary is not completed before you arrive in India. One way to get the best out of a country, especially if you have never visited it before, is to use the local knowledge like tour operators based in Cochin. Employing a local tour operator in Kerala has huge advantages – they will know the best places to go, when the best times to go are, plus they will have access to cheaper prices and possible discounts. The best way to plan a trip to Kerala at reasonable cost is to use the services of Kerala based tour operator but book air tickets on your own.

Plan your trip to Kerala with Iris Holidays and let loose the wanderlust in you and explore the Kerala tourist places that will simply amaze you.



Frequently Asked Questions About Best Places to Visit in Kerala



Q. Why should I visit Kerala? 

Kerala is known as God’s Own Country because of its breathtaking backwaters, picturesque forests, beautiful beaches and unique wildlife. Kerala is a treat for the mind, body and soul, making it a must-visit destination for every kind of traveller. We are sure you will love your Kerala travel experience and be drawn to its natural beauty, culture and food.


Q. Which is the most beautiful place in Kerala?

It is tough to choose any one place because the state of Kerala is diverse and offers varied, unique experiences. It has:

  • popular backwater destinations like Alleppey and Kumarakom
  • hill stations like Munnar, Vagamon and Ponmudi
  • wildlife spots like Thekkady
  • beaches like Varkala, Marari and Kovalam
  • ecotourism spots like Gavi and Thenmala
  • religious sites like Sabarimala and Thrissur
  • waterfall experiences like Athirappally Falls
  • unexplored places like the Munroe Island

There are a lot more amazing places to visit in Kerala and the most beautiful place in Kerala would totally depend upon what you expect from your Kerala trip.


Q. What is the best time to visit Kerala, India>?

Kerala can be visited throughout the year. However, the high season in Kerala is the winter, which is from October to February. Also, there are many cultural activities and festivals that take place throughout the year so you can time your visit accordingly.


  • Thrissur Pooram takes place in the month of May
  • Snake Boat Races take place between July to September
  • Onam is usually in August-September
  • Theyyam folk art form usually happens in the October to February period
  • Most pilgrims visit Sabarimala between November to February and April to September



Q. How many days should I spend in Kerala?

For most travellers, one trip is never enough to explore Kerala as there is so much to see. A 2-week Kerala package is recommended to experience the best of the most popular destinations at leisure. If you want to spend a few days at a single backwater location like Alleppey, then 3-4 days are a good option. Themed packages like backwater travel or hill station tours can also be another way of exploring Kerala. A one day trip from the main city of Kochi to nearby places is also possible. It really depends on what you want to explore in your Kerala holiday, as there are many possibilities.

Q. What is the cost of visiting Kerala?

The cost of visiting Kerala can vary between Rs. 8,000 per person for 3 days in Kerala to Rs.20,000 per person for 15 days in Kerala. This cost can vary basis how many places you plan to visit, customisations, the way you opt to commute and your choice of accommodation in Kerala.


Q. What is famous in Kerala?

Kerala is mostly famous for its backwaters, natural greenery, traditions and coastal cuisine. Kerala is also popular for spices, tea and coffee.


Q. Which is the best place for a one day trip in Kerala?

Some of the best places to visit in Kerala for a one day trip include:

  • Kochi
  • Lulu Mall
  • Cherai Beach
  • Athirapally Waterfalls
  • Ponmudi
  • Kannur
  • Bekal
  • Marari
  • Poovar
  • Malampuzha
  • Nehru Trophy Boat Race



Q. Travel tips for visiting Kerala?


  • Clothing: Kerala is a humid state. So, light and breathable clothes work best except when you are opting for a hill station holiday in Kerala.


  • Skincare: When in Kerala, a sunscreen with SPF 30+ or 50+ is a must.
  • Weather: While Kerala is an all-season destination, if you are visiting during the rainy season, pack your monsoon gear and check the weather before stepping out. For summer travel, ensure you book air conditioned accommodation.
  • For food, VISA, transportation, money related and more tips, read 25+ travel tips for visiting Kerala.


Q. What are the best beaches to visit in Kerala?

Some of the best  beach destinations in Kerala include:

  1. Varkala Beach
  2. Kovalam Beach
  3. Marari Beach
  4. Bekal Beach
  5. Cherai Beach


Q. What are the top hill stations to visit in Kerala?

Top 5 hill stations in Kerala include:


  1. Munnar
  2. Wayanad
  3. Vagamon
  4. Ponmudi
  5. Silent Valley


Q. What are the best things to do in Kerala?

There are so many things to do in Kerala but if we had to shortlist a few, they would include:

  1. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey in a houseboat
  2. Watch the snake boat race
  3. Visit the tea plantations of Munnar
  4. Enjoy a jungle vacation in Thekkady
  5. Stay in a tree-house in Wayanad
  6. Watch the Theyyam performance in Kannur
  7. Swim in the tides of the Arabian sea
  8. Get soaked in Athirapally waterfalls
  9. Watch elephants bathe
  10. Get an ayurvedic massage


Q. Which is the best place to visit in Kerala for honeymoon?

The top 12 honeymoon places in Kerala offer you the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.

From a floating cottage in Poovar, a tranquil houseboat in Alleppey to the green meadows of Vagamon, these beautiful places in Kerala are ideal for your honeymoon.


Q. Can I travel solo to Kerala?

Kerala is perfectly safe for solo travel, especially for women. Culturally rich, with people who are highly educated and an age-old matriarchal system make Kerala a state that respects and welcomes all kinds of travellers.


Q. Which is the best place for scuba diving in Kerala?

The beaches of Kochi, Kovalam and Varkala offer the best spots for scuba diving in Kerala.

Q. What are the unique products one should buy when visiting Kerala?


Shopping is fun in Kerala. Things that you can buy in Kerala include:

  • Traditional Kerala attire – Kasava mundu fabrics
  • Tea and coffee
  • Spices
  • Banana chips
  • Cashew nuts
  • Coir handicrafts
  • Handloom items
  • Kathakali masks
  • Ayurvedic oils
  • Gold jewellery
  • Silk sarees

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