They call it the ‘God’s Own Country’ and that’s certainly not without a reason. Where else can you find such soul-quenching and fulgurant beauty – almost 600kms of stunning coastline and beaches, an unfathomable labyrinth of untouched backwaters, and glittering and greenery-clad mountains of the Western Ghats – within such a small swath?
And then its vibrant traditions, healing Ayurvedic treatment and laid-back life – all making Kerala a fabulous world away from the frenzy of everyday life.
Best Time to Visit: From October to March (Cool weather and loads of greenery)
Main International Gateways: Cochin International Airport and Trivandrum International Airport
Munnar (130kms from Cochin)
Almost everyone who visits Kerala visits Munnar, a tranquil hill station in the state’s Idukki district.
Set in the heart of the Western Ghats is this slice of heaven, woven by lush rolling hills, gushing streams and waterfalls, and magnificent tea plantations. Feast your eyes on unending natural vistas or visit Kannan Devan Tea Museum to learn about the region’s tea producing history. Eravikulam National Park, a short drive from Munnar, is home to exotic flora & fauna, lush hiking trails, and the magnificent Lakkam Waterfalls.
Varkala (160kms from Cochin)
Looking for a relaxing time while exploring enchanting offerings of the Mother Nature? Varkala is the place to be. Spectacular, serene beaches backed by green red cliffs make it an ideal place to kick back and unwind. Those up for an active holiday should head to the nearby hills, offering great hiking and camping opportunities. The ancient Janardanaswamy Temple is another highlight of this beautiful beach town.
Alleppey (55kms from Cochin)
Fancy voyaging through the mystic Kerala backwaters? Alleppey is your best bet! A long strand of backwaters and the mammoth Vembanad Lake, which reaches all the way to Kochi, offer the visitors unending opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and staying in Kerala’s traditional houseboats. Not too far from Alleppey is the famous Marari beach, featuring a heady mix of sea, sun, and sands.
Wayanad (250kms from Cochin)
The majority of the locals would agree that Wayanad is the most beautiful part of Kerala. And why not? This fantastically unspoiled region boasts breathtaking mountain scenery, unending stretches of rice, ginger and rubber plantations, and a remote nature reserve harbouring exotic flora and fauna. Wildlife buffs and shutterbugs land here to spot wild elephants and many beautiful birds in their natural habitats.
Perhaps no other city in India offers such an intriguing mix of nature, history, and culture as Kochi does. From the tropical Malabar Coast to the ancient remains of the British Raj and lively arts and craft centres, the city has it all and draws travellers and explorers from far and wide.
Mainland Ernakulam is the main shopping and commercial hub of the city, while Fort Cochin is where history lovers flock in hordes. Cherai Beach and Marari Beach are two popular hang-out places for locals and tourists alike.
Periyar National Park (150kms from Kochi)
The Royal Bengal tigers, Indian Elephants, and several other fascinating wild animals, birds, and reptiles call this lush territory their home. A guided safari here will be a mesmeric experience, as it gives you a peek into rich wilderness and beauty of this area. Other than wildlife safaris, tourists to this National Park in Kerala can indulge in several other activities including Cloud Walk, Bamboo rafting, and Jungle Camp.
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