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Kerala may be one of the greenest tourist places you ever see. Kerala has got a bunch of exclusive reasons to be called a paradise of tourists. A pleasing climate, sun kissed beaches, backwaters, hill stations, interesting wildlife, overwhelming waterfalls, Ayurvedic health tourism, charming art forms, mysterious festivals and lot more.Traveler's come to see Kerala's wildlife sanctuaries, historic cities and temples. We Tourism In Kerala welcome you to see this beautiful Kerala tourist Places.



Kochi , formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It has an estimated population of 600,000, with an extended metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the largest urban agglomeration and the second largest city in Kerala after the capital. Popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochin is located in Kerala, on the south west coast of India. Regarded as the industrial capital of Kerala, Cochin is the commercial hub of this thriving state. Traveling to Kochi is a great experience and there are many tourist attractions that can be visited. Cochin is popularly referred to as the Gateway of South India. It is an important trade center and many countries prefer this place to export and import their materials. In fact, Cochin has been an important link to the rest of the world since ancient times. Cochin has been ruled over by many empires over centuries. Thus, one can find a cultural amalgamation in this place. Despite being ruled by so many different domains, Cochin still maintains its cultural identity and is fiercely proud of it. The Dutch, British and also the Portuguese have ruled Cochin for many years. This resulted in a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle.



Munnar hills is siatuated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level. and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills,named after a certain Kannan Devan,who had been land lord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district. The main cultivation crops in Munnar are Tea and Coffee.Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands in Munar is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD.

Mattupetty:Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. Boating facilities are available in the reservoir. Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairy farm - the Indo-Swisss Live Stock project. The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.

Rajamala:Rajamala is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of this rare mountain goat is found here, which is fast becoming extinct.

Echo Point - Echo Point has a natural echo phenomenon and offers panoramic views.

Eravikulam National Park:A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills.

Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.



Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an important tourist attraction in Kerala state, India, close to the Kerala -Tamil Nadu border town Kumily, located about 160 miles from Trivandrum. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semievergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.The Periyar Widlife sanctuary is spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.Thekkady has immense possibilities for Adventure Tourism. The Forest Department offers many programs including Periyar Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting etc. There are private organizations like who promote adventure tourism in Thekkady.



It is a unique experience that will beckon the visitors time and time again as there are several activities for visitors.The Bird Sanctuary can be visited by canoes, which can be arranged with local fishermen at the entrance to the sanctuary. A two-hour rowing canoe trip is quite cheap, and is best undertaken in the evening or early morning to avoid the afternoon sun.House boats or speed boats can cover longer distances but cost more to hire.Taj Garden Retreat the first modern tourist resort in Kumarakom is established in the Victorian two storied bungalow built by Alfred George Baker in the year 1881, on huge pieces of Teak wood rafters packed in mud as a base. This house on the lake at Kumarakom was the house of four generations of the Baker family, for over hundred years. The bird Sanctuary and the two storied Bungalow built by Mr.A G Baker on the muddy land are places of interest for tourists from all over the world. The bungalow still remains grand but silent reminder of an age and people whose hard work cannot be erased by time.



Alappuzha or Alleppey is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist trial of Kerela as one of the major centers for backwater boat trips.A host of boat races are held here during the harvest season ( between July and September ).Alleppey or Alappuzha is also known as the "Venice of the East" its was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs.Alappuzha or Alleppey is also home to Kuttanad, The rice bowl of kerala, one of the very few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.Kuttanad is a land of lush paddy fields and stretches for 75 Km sandwiched between the sea and the hills.Kuttanad is the most beautiful backwaters region of Kerala. It is here that most of the snake boat races are conducted and a majority of the rice boat & houseboat cruises are scheduled.Kerala's network of navigable backwaters stretches to over 900km. These serene waterways are fringed by palm grove and paddy fields and offer a striking spectacle of the rustic life.In Alleppey or Alappuzha, the life revolves around water. Cildren learn to swim before they walk. They learn to row boats before they bicycle. They learn their first lesson from the school of fish.

Situated in Kuttanad popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala, QST & R Block Kayals (backwaters) remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland.A striking example of the indigenous agricultural engineering know-how, here cultivation and habitation are made possible at four to ten feet below the sea level. For this purpose extensive land has been reclaimed from the backwaters and is protected by dikes built around it. A leisurely cruise along the canals here is a memorable experience.Alappuzha or Aleppey was once the busiest coast south of Mumbai, and its canals and backwaters helped in the passage of cargo - be it tea, rubber or other produces from the hills - to the sea.The lighthouse and the pier helped the boats ferry accross, facilitating trade in their own way. Today, the 1000 ft long pier at Allepey beach , built in 1862 by Captain Hugh Crawford is a mere skeleton of its past.Alleppey's allure is the backwaters. Begin with a cruise, then stroll back into the town past the canals covered with mauve hyacinths.A backwater cruise on the Punnamada Kayal takes you along canals past scenic islands offering sublime views of coconut and paddy fields, chinese fishing nets and toddy tappers at work.Alleppey or Alappuzha's beauty is not merely in its backwaters, but in the man-made islands that you will find amidst the waters. These islands are hedged by mud walls, a haven for migratory birds, with paddy fields inundated with water throughout the year. These fields stand below sea level. R Block is especially famous for the fresh toddy served to guests.




Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.A natural water spout in varkala BeachVarkala is also famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.Another major landmark in Varkala is the Sivagiri Mutt, established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The hill-top mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru is one of the most famous monuments in Kerala. The adjacent hills house the East-West University of Brahmavidya and Sree Narayana Gurukulam.



Kovalam is India for beginners: India with a Western veneer, you will meet more Western tourists than Indian.This small seaside town focuses on big Euro or Pound Sterling business.Sun-loving Westerens are flown in by the thousands, tour operators have inspected the hotels and block-booked them for the season that lasts from November to March.The influx of relatively wealthy tourists brought along get-rich-quick entrepreneurs, uncontrolable garbage sky-high prices and desperate souvenir sellers.Kovalam is a string of four sandy bays separated by rocky promontories. The northernmost is Samudra Beach, especially at high tide a tiny strip of sand. A cluster of rocks separates it from Kovalam Beach which is popular with local tourists.Next comes Hawah Beach, the place where fishermen haul their nets in the morning and finally Lighthouse Beach where the package tourists spend most of their time.Behind Lighthouse Beach paths and tracks wind through the palm groves. Every house seems to be a guesthouse or a shop catering for tourists.After an ‘inspection round’ on our first day, we concluded that Kovalam must have been almost paradise until the arrival of plane loads of tourists some ten years ago.

Kovalam Beach gets quite crowded late afternoon.Kovalam Beach was our favourite place, not for swimming but for people watching. The beach gets quite crowded late afternoon when bus loads of locals arrive to watch the sunset.Women in colourful saris and men with rolled-up trousers paddle in the sea. A string of children in school uniform march along the beach. The jingle of the icecream man invites sales. families linger and examine the souvenir stalls. Children jump up and down for joy, caressing toy cars and plastic dolls.What I didn’t like was Lighthouse Beach and the concrete path that runs along it. It is one string of hotels, Kashmiri souvenir sellers, travel agencies, tailors and overprices fish restaurants. Persistent hawkers zigzag through the international crowd fobbing off their edibles and durables. It also attracts a multitude of beggars who almost outnumber the tourists.The many guesthouses take a heavy toll on the sewerage system: yelow-green streams of untreated sewage float on the waves.

Fishermen and their kettumarans.Beach resorts don’t have many sights unless you consider the local fishermen a sight. They congregate at Hawah Beach where they mend and entangle their nets watched by the omnipresent crows.At Lighthouse beach you can watch them build kettumarans. Kettu means log and maran means tied (at least so I am told). That’s exactly what they are: logs tied together. Kettumarans are simple boats and consist of five logs tied together.Fishermen offer trips but I declined as I would not feel safe on this contraption on a choppy or non-choppy sea.

The ocean sparkles like diamonds When we had seen enough sand and sea a 20-minute bus ride (# 9 bus, from the promontory between Hawah and Kovalam Beaches) took us to Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital city. It is speckled with museums and monuments. Puthen Maliga Palace is close to the bus stop. We especially liked its architecture and interior and found the portraits, weapons, and royal regalia that were on show less interesting. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Sea Breeze, rooms in the old building There are lots of hotels but hardly any budget accommodation. We stayed in Sea Breeze Guesthouse (see tips) in a coconut grove behind Lighthouse Beach.Bring mosquito repellent because the stagnant pools are good breeding places. Also bring candles as there are long and frequent power cuts. Rooms in the new building are Rp 550 (€ 11), no haggling possible. Only when we took our bags and wanted to leave did the owner show us rooms in the older buidling at Rp 350 (€7). These were perfectly all right, with a small veranda to sit right in the middle of tropical vegetation.

A china mug with beer Not much nightlife apart from walking along the brightly-lit souvenir stalls along the beach, or sit at the bar at one the reasturant, watch the stars and listen to the pull and suck of the darkening ocean.Most tourists spend their evening in one of the bars or restaurants at Lighthouse Beach. Licensing laws in Kerala are strict and a high amount of tax makes beer quite expensive for Indian standards. Beer is readily availabe at Lighthouse Beach. This is different at Kovalam Beach. It is available but when you order it is served in a teapot and you drink it from china mugs.The beautifully decorated Hindu temple near samudra Beach Samudra Beach is surrounded by newly built package tour resorts. At high tide not much beach is left, but it is always possible to have a look at the mosque and Hindu Temple. It is very small but beautifully decorated as most Hindu temples are.

Small Tiger Hotel, not a hotel but a restaurant.Suprabathan is a vegetarian restaurant right behind Sea Breeze Guesthouse. It has adapted a Western style service. The tables have red-and-white table cloths and candles on each tables. The food is slightly adapted to Western tastes and it is popular with tourists. Before you get to Suprabathan you pass on your right Small Tiger Hotel. Don’t be mislead by the word ‘hotel', because usually it means a place to eat and not a place to sleep. They serve ‘meals’ which means a mound of rice accompanied by a vegetable curry and bread. It is also a good place to drink tea. Indian tea is a concoction of milk, sugar and strong tea, an acquired taste.

Other recommendations: Time to leave the beach.If you want to swim, don’t do this at Lighthouse Beach because of the polluted water. Clamber across the rocks that border the coves, but only do so at low tide. Buy handmade leather sandals from one of the shoemakers.Ask one of the tailors to make you a shirt, blouse. If you give them your favourite garment, they will make one exactly like it.Don’t come during the monsoon from June to October when the sea is rough, and the beach almost disappears.



Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. A rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India.Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, envoloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach.The historical importance of Poovar has its strong ties with the legendary King of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, the great Marthanda Varma Maharaja.Raja Marthanda Varma ( 1706 - 1761 ) was born at a time when the royal power of his family was declining. In fact, the Raja was once outsted from his throne and in exile. But, a strong ruler, Marthanda Varama Maharaja not only regained his lost land but also enlarged his kingdom besides reasserting the royal power during his 29-year rule from 1729 to 1758. And, the success story of the Maharaja had close links with the small and beautiful land of Povar, situated on the south of the Neyyar River

How to reach -Nearest Airport - Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) International Airport : (travel time - 45 minutes by road. Nearest railway station Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) - (travel time - 45 minutes by road .Though Marthanda Varma Maharaja was proclaimed the successor of the King, the two sons of the late King ( Ettuveetil Pillamar) with the help of Madampis tried to usurp power. The Maharaja had to flee from his land as he had life threat from the Thampis and in the process landed up in Poovar. It was Moosa marikar, a rich and aristocratic businessman in Poovar, who gave asylum to the Maharaja. The business magnet of Poovar, Moosa Marikkar, also patronaged the Maharaja for his regaining power of his lost kingdom. Among the fascinations the Raja experienced at Povar during his shelter there was the site of red flowers, chipped out from the Kovala trees standing along the Neyyar riverbanks, floating in the river as a red carpet on water. The legned is that the stream was named as "POOVAR" as the Raja described the river as "POO-AAR" ( meaning a stream of flowers). The beauty and greenery of the picturesque and unparallel silence of Poovar captured the mind of the Maharaja

More about poovar -Poovar Beach, near the Kovalam Beach, separates the River Neyyar from the sea. Poovar is basically a fishing village and the only way to reach Poovar is through water. Known for its pristine and virginal beauty, Poovar Beach is haunted by those who love solitude. Beach activities and water sports are not developed in this beach because of the fishing population. The estuary there is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land, and is situated adjacent to the Poovar Island; a rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India. It is enveloped by the most serene backwaters and opening out to the Sea and a dream golden beach. Poovar is truly a window into paradise. Time stopped a few decades ago bowing to the sheer beauty of Poovar. The tranquility of Poovar is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds. The area is abundant in well-preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves

Poovar offers several possibilities. Cruise to a neighbouring fishing village in 2 minutes. Alter course, and visit a centuries old martial arts village. Kerala is the birthplace of a unique martial art form. The traditional lifestyles here provide the experience of a natural museum .The Poovar beach separates the river from the sea and is quite breathtaking. Because of the active fishing population the beach is not really used as a sunbathing spot or for swimming as the currents are quite strong..


Wayanad  is one of the districts in Kerala that have been able to retain its pristine nature. This green paradise is nestled among the mountains of western ghat and is located at a distance of 76 km from the nearest sea-shore of Kozhikode. The leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg and Kannur are around this region.

This district of Kerala offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, an insight into tribal culture evocative of earlier centuries, trekking and other adventure activities, and a variety of remote monuments. The hills, rocks and valleys which give shape to the very unique terrain of Wayanad provide for exceptional adventure experiences. For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Wayanad's wildlife sanctuaries are must visit destinations. Established in the year 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is about 344 sq km in extent. The Sanctuary exists as two bits. Tholpetty, near Mananthavady is contiguous with Nagarhole of Karnataka. The Muthanga-Bathery-Kurichiat ranges are nearer to Sulthan bathery, bordering Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu and Bandipur of Karnataka. Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological and cultural heritage of the region.

Wayanad is a land of spices-Almost every crops such as coffee, black-pepper, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, arecanut, tea, rubber, vanilla etc are grown here. Black pepper produced from this hill station is famous in the world of spices because of its unique quality and aroma.Wayanad has the largest population of aborigine people in Kerala. The native adivasis mainly consist of various sects like Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans etc. Comprising an area of 2126, Wayanad has a powerful history. Relicts and edicts found in various parts of Wayanad speak of an importatnt prehistoric era. Historians are of the view that organised human life existed in these parts, at least ten centuries before Christ.

Kalpetta, the district headquarters is a municipality with good hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, making it a convenient base to visit. With vast areas still unexplored, Wayanad, the 12th district of Kerala which came into being on November 01, 1980 is truly an adventurescape waiting to be discovered.Within convenient distances from the cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi etc, Wayanad is the perfect weekend hideaway. Uncrowded, clean and friendly, the district offers more recreation options for those looking to just relax away from the stress and fuss of city-life

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