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What to See in Kerala, This Republic Day Long Weekend

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Have your travel plans ready for this year’s Republic Day long weekend? Time is running out; for the unsure, Kerala might just be the perfect place. Kerala is well known for its marine life, geographical diversity and amazing views that offer a plethora of activities for every kind of traveller. Here are reasons to make Kerala your long weekend destination.

What to See in Kerala, This Republic Day Long Weekend:

  1. Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  2. Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
  3. Munnar (Kerala)
  4. Thekkady(Periyar) (Kerala)
  5. Alappuzha (Alleppey) (Kerala)

1. Cochin

Cochin
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source: Venkatesh R, HIQ traveller from India visited Kochi last year

Kochi is a celebration of Kerala's unique history and culture. The Mattancherry Palace also known as Dutch palace, the Paradesi Synagogue which "was built in 1568. This place of worship is witness to arrival of the Dutch, Portuguese and then the British." says HolidayIQ reviewer Rashmin. Marine Drive is “is a very beautiful place to tourist, its look like very natural made, its very cool and clean place, we really enjoyed the boating, its really to amazing place to tourist people.” says HolidayIQ reviewer Ankit.

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HolidayIQ reviewer Niranjan says, Fort Kochi Beach is excellent. Amazing views of the Arabian Sea along with the water ways. Islands are well connected. Sea foods are enjoyable.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Rajendra says, Cherai beach, one of the best & beautiful beach in Kerala”

2. Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram
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source: Kiran Bavimani, HIQ traveller from Bangalore visited Thiruvananthapuram in 2015

Trivandrum, Kerala's capital, is defined by long sandy beaches, wooded highlands, picturesque shorelines and a rich cultural heritage.

HolidayIQ reviewer Venkat Raman 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.“

Other Things to do: 

HolidayIQ reviewer Ankur suggests the Zoological park: "One of the best zoo I have seen, they have many lions, tigers, cheetahs, and many more amazing animals. Must go for a nature lover, they also have a inbuilt aquarium there with many species of fishes."

3. Munnar

Munnar
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source: Nitish Varshney, HIQ traveller from Bangalore visited Munnar in 2017

The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. The cultural heritage of Munnar is an amalgamation of that of the British, the Malayalis, and the Tamilians. 

Siddhartha tells HolidayIQ, "Munnar certainly is the coldest and the best sightseeing place in whole of Kerala, I was stumped by the lake and tea plantations." 

Other things to do: 

Sachin suggests a visit to Echo Point, "Visit Kolukumalai. It's 1hour from Suryanelli, a town 14 km away from Munnar. The jeep's charge is Rs. 1200 per jeep but it's worth more than anything money can buy. This is one of the rarely visited places around Munnar as its never publicized as the road is a publicized."

Sundarraj Kaushik Shares on HolidayIQ: "The Eravikulam National Park houses the Tahr, a species of mountain goats. It not guaranteed that one will see this. But what one can be sure of is to see a variety of birds like the oriental white-eye, different species of whistling thrush and others."

4. Thekkady

Thekkady
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source: Imran Khan, HIQ traveller from India visited Thekkady in 2015

HolidayIQ Traveller Lakshmi says, “Other than the scenic beauty in Thekkady there are various adventure activities like trekking, wildlife train, bamboo rafting, border hiking and rock climbing."

Other things to do: 

HolidayIQ reviewer BK Shah advises Wildlife around Periyar lake, "Periyar was one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. Though artificial but it is made like heaven. Very silent and delight to wildlife and nature lovers"

HolidayIQ reviewer Subramania advises a trek to Ramakalmedu ,"One can see the Kumily Lake, Periyar Lake, Mullaperiyar Dam and the deep valley beneath. The view is mesmerizing with strong wind blowing on your face. One does not feel like leaving the place."

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5. Alappuzha

Alappuzha
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source: Sujithchronicle, HIQ traveller from India visited Alappuzha this year

Far from the maddening crowd, lies Alleppey- a peaceful town bubbling with friendly people and a vibrant culture. Fondly called the “Venice of the East”, it is a perfect refuge for a long weekend. Try the delectable local cuisine or enjoy the lighthouse view at this calm beach. Know what Nicole has to say about it, "Cute little villages located on the backwaters, great food and nice people." Adds Sharon, "Cycling near the beach is a must." 

Other things to do: 

Don't forget to experience the sail through the surreal lake Vembanad. HolidayIQ Scout Fayyaz sorts your lunch, "You have the option of ordering food like fish curry, prawns, rice and chappatty." He also shares,"Very relaxing experience to watch the lake and ocean."

Know the intriguing history of this place. HolidayIQ tourist Varun tells us, "It is believed that the Pandavas stayed inside this cave during the time of their exile."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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