Kerala Tourism

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Beautifull fort

Beautifull fort  Video Review
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Thalassery Fort

Arjun Nambiar
30th Dec 17

Top of Top Station! The highest tea plantation

Top of Top Station! The highest tea plantation  Video Review
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Top Station

Ekta Poddar
24th Jul 17

Neelimala View Point, Wayanad Clouds and Hills

Neelimala View Point, Wayanad Clouds and Hills  Video Review
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Neelimala View Point

Avinash Singh
16th Jul 17

Meenkunnu Beach Kannur

Meenkunnu Beach Kannur  Video Review
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Meenkunnu Beach

Donsaru
6th Jan 18

Kozhikode Beach

Kozhikode Beach  Video Review
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Kozhikode Beach

Aswinsnair
3rd Jan 18

Kadalundi Birds Sanctuary

Kadalundi Birds Sanctuary  Video Review
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Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Vyshakhvijayan
3rd Jan 18

Veli Tourist Village - Good place to spend half Day

Veli Tourist Village - Good place to spend half Day  Video Review
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Veli Tourist Village

Sandeep Kuncham
1st Jan 18

Mappila bay kannur

Mappila bay kannur  Video Review
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Mopila Bay

Mcsreeja
30th Dec 17

Kizhunna Ezhara beach

Kizhunna Ezhara beach  Video Review
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Kizhunna Ezhara Beach

Mcsreeja
30th Dec 17

Famous fort

Famous fort  Video Review
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Thalasseri Fort

Shyamal
30th Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Kerala

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Thrissur

The Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple was high on my list. A beautiful temple so intensely charged that you can feel it as soon as you enter it. According to legends, this is the first Shiva temple made by Parshurama, the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Photography is strictly prohibited but the time spent there shall remain as an endless blessing for you.

Sakthan Thampuran Palace, has a Kerala - Dutch architecture and situated close to the Vadakkumnathan Temple. The time of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran rule was considered to be the Golden era of the Cochin Dynasty. He was the one who gave the state of Kerala its much awaited religious annual festival, the Thrissur Puram. Although the palace is under ASI it is not well maintained from the outside. It has been converted into a museum since 2005.

Athirapilly Falls, a popular picnic spot, tourist attraction and a regular location for outdoor film shooting. The drive to the falls is beautiful. Wooded on both sides with acres and acres of rubber and palm plantation. Read Green; Nature; Forest. The place tends to be crowded but am sure one will find their spot :)

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Ernakulam/Kochi

Ernakulam Marine Drive Boat Ride, is a must do when in Ernakulam/Kochi. The beautiful marine drive with its greens, commercial life, dazzling lights and backwaters on the other side is a good option for an evening out. Opt for the sunset cruise and the crew will keep you well entertained and informed about the historical / touristy landmarks around.

Museum of Kerala History, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art which is the core part of the Foundation -- the Visual Arts Gallery, the Gallery of Miniature Art and the Dolls MuseumIt is located in Edappally, Kochi. I was quite amazed at the interesting way in which the history narration unfolds, life size idols / setup showcasing the personality and time of that era.

Fort Kochifor those leisurely walks, the cafe breaks, take a visit to the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry or Dutch Palace (now a museum), the Chinese Fishing Nets, Maritime and Police Museum. You will love the quietude the place offers, a stark contrast to the noisy commercial city of Kochi. The place would be of interest to history lovers and travel photographers but may not find a top place on a regular tourist's list when they relive their trip.

Hill Palace in Tripunithura, was an administrative office of the Kochi Rajas and built way back in 1860s. Spread over 55 acres of land it consists of ~50 buildings -- archaeological & a heritage museum, a deer , pre-historic and children’s park. A must visit! In fact, it is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala! This is the first museum I've seen that exhibits the gold treasure (locker room) of the rulers. Major attraction being the gold crown embedded with precious stones.

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Thekkady

Spice Plantation, visit can be done on the way from Munnar to Thekkady or vice versa as per your itinerary. It will be interesting to see the herbs and spices growing in abundance in Kerala -- cardamom, pepper, cashew, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, clove and many more. Be ready for the retail indulgence of spices and ayurvedic medicines :)

Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, another picturesque place. One can opt for treks, boating, bamboo rafting etc to enjoy the national park. It is fun to stay within the premises to get the best out of the place. We were unlucky in the sighting of the elephants which are the high point of the Periyar trip. Do be prepared for such 'oh no!!' moment Enjoy the place and time spent there. Again do not forget to do your online reservation and be there much ahead of your time slot.

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Alleppey/Alappuzha

Backwaters & Kettuvalam, is a must do for everyone. Opt for a day ride or an overnight stay. You can enjoy the Kerala cuisine besides the scenic views of backwaters, Vembanad Lake and village life around. Once the houseboat halts for the night you can explore the village and its life.


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5Guru - Barso Re - Athirappilly Falls, Kerala
Guru - Barso Re - Athirappilly Falls, Kerala

Remember the shot of the beautiful Aishwarya Rai dancing against a backdrop of the cascading Athirappilly Falls in Kerala? HolidayIQ Traveller Rajanikanth says, “Athirappilly waterfall is a visual grandeur which cannot be described in words. Its ferocious waters falling from the cliff evokes a feel of thrill. Unlike the other waterfalls, at Athirappilly, water will not be depleted fully and flow will be there throughout the year. Its location also is easily accessible with a little effort. It offers a dual view, ie both from the bottom of the waterfalls as well as from the upper side. Anyone visiting Cochin can commute to this place within 2 hours. There are extremely beautiful scenic spots at this location. A sense of awe engulfs you while watching the waterfalls.”

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Reviews (340)

Shuchi Jain

Shuchi Jain4.3/5

1 review

Superb

Rightly said gods own country . You will get nature's variety ranging from beaches to backwaters to terrain area . Mostly people are friendly . November to march is the right time to visit . Its heaven for nature and greenery lovers . Poovar island, Varkala beach and backwaters should be in your list . 1 night stay in houseboat will refresh your mind . Take minimum of 7 days for visiting oher places too like thekkady and Munnar . You can skip Kovalam beach . Little difficult for hardcore north indians to find there shahi panner, Dal makhani or chicken with the same taste . Locals can guide to some dhabas where you can find decent north indian cuisines . Idlis are tasty . Spices are great there . One can get it packed to take home . Elephant Bath in thekkady is fun . One must try . Jewellery loves should definitely visit cochin . Thekkady for chocolate lovees as hand made chocolates avalaible there are tasty . Wildlife sanctuary in theekady was boring . Only elephants are seen . Flight is the option if you have less time . Sunscreen is a must . Carry your swimsuit too

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Chitra Konkar bhate

Chitra Konkar bhate4.3/5

24 reviews

Soothing greenery

I along with my son and husband visited Kerala. First we went to Kochi. One should give miss to vypin beach, Marine drive and Chinese fishing nets. Next day we went to Athirapalli waterfall, Chalakudi river and paschal and thumboormuzhi dam. It can be covered in one day and it's a must see. Tickets bought Athirapalli waterfall are valid for paschal as well. If you want visit these places, stay near airport. Then we went to Munnar which is very beautiful and quiet. We enjoyed boating there. On our Munnar to Thekkady way, we came across a very beautiful and peaceful undrinkable dam. It was an offbeat moment for us as it was not in our itinerary. After Thekkady we went to Aleppey where We saw beautiful Revi karunakaran museum. It's a must watch.

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Recommended Duration in Kerala

Number of days to spend in Kerala as recommended by our travellers.

4 days

14.3%

5+ days

85.7%

Kerala Overview

On the southwestern coast of India, almost touching the tip of the peninsula, Kerala occupies the region known as the Malabar Coast. It is surrounded by the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kerala is like a narrow strip of land lying between the Arabian Sea to the west and the hill ranges called Western Ghats . This geography defines Kerala's main identity as a green, rain-rich state filled with inland water bodies.   The rain-laden southwest monsoon comes across the Arabian Sea to hit Kerala around 1st June, and expends much of its waters here. More than 40 rivers flow down the Western Ghats to meet the Arabian Sea forming, with the backwash of the sea, a complex of canals and lakes called the Kerala Backwaters. This combined package of beaches, backwaters and greenery is what the tourism department promotes as Gods Own Country, making tourism one of Kerala's main businesses.   Kerala's history of being a progressive princely estate (Travancore) and long stints of Communist Party rule in independent India have led to high rates of literacy and life expectancy. But the state is not industrialized. Agriculture is a dominant occupation  rice, coconut, tea, coffee, and the spices pepper, cardamom, cashew which the Malabar Coast has traded for centuries. Fishing is another mainstay. The main cities of Kerala are capital Thiruvananthapuram (popularly called Trivandrum) and Kochi (popularly Cochin) of which Kochi is now a rising hub of industry and investment. Both cities have international airports.   Kochi harbour was an international port for Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, and British trade since the 14th century. Modern Kochi has Portuguese churches, Dutch buildings and old Jew quarters. Thiruvananthapuram was earlier the seat of the royal family of the kingdom of Travancore. Its Fort area has palaces, temples, and ornate residences. Alappuzha (called Alleppey) is a good backwaters cruise hub. Down the coast, Bekal Fort Beach, Cherai Beach, (25 kms from Kochi), Varkala and Kovalam Beaches (south of Thiruvananthapuram) are popular spots. Eravikulam and Silent Valley National Parks are reachable from the hill spots of Munnar and Palakkad.   Culturally Kerala offers Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art, and Kathakali dance in which elaborately costumed artists perform stories from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata.

Photos of Kerala

Kerala, Kerala

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Samit Singh

Kerala, Kerala
Kerala, Kerala

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Sejal maru

Kerala, Kerala
Kerala, Kerala

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Manish Pandey

Amazing view lake & a house
Kerala, Kerala

Photo by

Basab Ray chaudhuri

Mesmerizing waterfalls in Kerala

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