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Do you Know What being a HolidayIQ reviewer feels like? Read On to Find out! HIQ traveller Rajnikanth Bottu Shot this in Alleppey

Writing reviews gets you places. Telling your story helps fellow travellers make wiser choices and gives you a proud place on India's largest traveller community. HolidayIQ and Kerala tourism come together to reward our reviewers a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to see Kerala like never before.

#GoKerala takes care of everything, giving you 4 flights, 20 taxis, 2 buses, 5 houseboats- all at your disposal! Send HolidayIQ reviews of your favorite hotels, sightseeing attractions, destinations and journeys and stand a chance to win an all expenses paid 10 day trip to Kerala as guided by the experts. 

1. "Kasargod: Beach, fort and temple" - HIQ reviewer Prakash

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HolidayIQ reviewer Prakash says, "'Bekal Fort' is the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Kasaragod district, North Kerala. Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower, which is a rarity. The Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman and the ancient Muslim mosque nearby fort. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy inherent in the fort. Sivappa Nayaka of Bednore constructed the Bekal Fort in 1650AD. The maritime importance of Bekal increased much under the Kolathiri and it became an important port town of Tulunadu and Malabar. The song 'Uyire' (Tamil) from the movie 'Bombay' directed by Mani Ratnam has been shot at Bekal Fort."

2. "Kannur the heart of gods own country" - HIQ reviewer Yadun

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Joji Joseph says "If you are interested in driving along sandy beach this is the right place. The long stretch of sands and not so rough sea are really a nice sight and we can see people driving various vehicles along the Muzhappilangad beach. The walk along the rock formations, swimming, water sports etc makes the beach more prominent among other beaches."

HolidayIQ Reviewer Govindan Naganathan says "The St Angelo fort is maintained by ASI and is in a fairly good condition. As you enter the fort a staff member of the fort explains the history of the fort (in Malayalam). The gardens are well kept and you can see few cannons at the entrance as well as inside the fort. Some of the cannons are facing the sea along the fort wall from where the view of the sea is very beautiful. There is also a lighthouse in the fort premises from where one can see the Mappila Bay which is a fishing harbor. The entry to the fort is free and the fort is open from 8 am to pm."

3. Kozhikode a "City with a taste of Sulaimani" - HIQ reviewer Narendran

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HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH says, “The best beach on the Malabar Coast Kappad Beach with a lot of history to write and say it is a beautiful beach and after the facelift, it is one of the sort-after tourist spot near kozhikode. Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer is believed to have landed here in AD 1498 which paved the way for establishing a sea route from to India. I love this beach because the sea is not very rough, rather tranquil, the local people are very friendly and above all the beach is not very crowded too.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Sunil says, "Beypore is a must watch destination while you visit Kozhikode. Pulimuttu (Stone Pier): Stone laid down into the sea about 2 km long. It is a wonderful experience to walk through the 'stone platform' across the sea. Beautifully constructed, decorated with plenty of lights and well preserved. Good seating arrangements are there to watch the waves and surroundings. Best time to visit here is early morning or late evening.

HolidayIQ reviewer Sunil adds, "Dolphin's Point: It is at the terminal point of the 'Pulimuttu'. Watching the beauty of the Arabian sea, walk that pathway approximately 2 km long. Sitting on the rock/stones, you can watch the dolphins playing in the sea. I personally select the Pulimuttu and Dolphin's Point as the biggest attraction of Beypore. During this walk, you can also watch the locals catching fishes and mussels (Kallumakkaya in Malayalam). Observing them is interesting." 

4. Thrissur the "Cultural capital of Kerala" - HIQ reviewer Midhunlal

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HolidayIQ reviewer Midhunlal says, "Thrissur is a city in the south Indian state of Kerala. It's known for sacred sites and colorful festivals. In the center is Vadakkumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and adorned with murals. The ornate, Indo-Gothic Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is nearby. To the north, Thiruvambady Temple is home to several elephants. Famous krishna temple in South India is situated at Guruvayur. Sakthan Thampuran Palace houses an archaeology museum with bronze statues and ancient coins."

HolidayIQ reviewer Jason says, "The Athirapally waterfalls is one of the best in Kerala for the looks, water availability through out the year and the environment...We can view the falls from the top as well as from the bottom and both views are awesome. The falls looks massive and very nice during the rainy season but it will be tough to relax and play in water as its pretty dangerous and guards wont allow us to get into water."


5. "Mesmerizing backwaters of Alleppey !!" - HIQ reviewer Thampatty

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HolidayIQ reviewer Thampatty says, "We travelled one entire day in the house boats in Alleppey and it was such a memorable experience! The slow moving landscape around you and the abundance of place on the boat, yummy Kerala food they served were very incredible. Truly relaxing and serene experience. No social media will to distract you from the scenery and beautiful water ways of aleppy. Must experience tour for people travelling to Kerala. Well, A classic heavenly retreat in God's own country and the best way to explore the Venice of the East. "

HolidayIQ reviewer Vyga says, "The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple is 14 km from Alleppey town...The temple is built in Kerala architectural style and Sree Krishna idol is worshiped in this large temple. The Pal Payasam (Rice porridge) is the main offering and the taste is awesome. ..At the entrance an instrument called 'Mizhavu' is displayed and it was used by the famous artist called 'Kunjan Nambiar'. The temple management has an elephant which is used for the poojas."

6. Varkala "Non commercialized Soothing beach" - HIQ reviewer Isha

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HolidayIQ reviewer SHarjeel says, "Feel like getting away from the humdrum of every day life, feel like you need a break and want to be one with nature, then this scanty little beach town nestled on two cliffs of the western ghats is the place to be. Varkala is known for its beaches (Papanasam, South Cliff Beach, Black Beach and Kappil Beach), yoga schools and rejuvenation SPA's. This town offers peace and quaint to it's travelers and allows you to slow the time down just enough. The sounds of the waves, numerous eateries, fresh seafood and a multicultural environment makes you never want to leave."

7. "Golden peak of Kerala" - HIQ reviewer Omar

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Santosh Wilson says "A perfect hill-station for a for a weekend getaway.Cold fresh air blends with mist and verdant greenery.The lush meadows uphill are worth for a moderate trek. A light morning walk coupled with a warm cup of coffee. A stroll through the awe inspiring nature. Giant spiderwebs laden with droplets of mist. Ponmudi has so many things in store for you in post-monsoon" 

HolidayIQ reviewer Amarath adds, "Ponmudi is untouched by human population and pollution and is a less-explored location among most of the places that I have been to. It is silent, cold, surrounded by echoic mountains on all sides. The beauty of sub- tropical rain forests. The purest of air. Excellent stay for spiritually inclined people; great isolation for the people searching for a hideout from work stress." 

8. "Thiruvananthapuram is a nice city" - HIQ reviewer Venkat

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HolidayIQ reviewer Venkat says, "The city is beautiful with lots of greenery around. The famous Padmanabha temple is a jewel in the crown for the city. The museum and palaces are also worth visiting. The famous Kovalam and Poovar beaches add to the beauty of this location. Boat riding is a nice experience in the Poovar beach. Coconut water and famous yellow Kerala chips are awesome time pass munches. A must visit place." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sharin says, "There is so many hidden places to explore !! Tiruvandrum is a complete package for the person who loves Mother Nature and religion. Mountains, oceans, rivers, rains, wildlife, dam, pond, backwater, greenery, churches, temple, mosque, beautiful houses, houseboat !! There is a list of more interesting things to do which you can only come and experience !! Kerala - Gods own country"


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