What Are The 25 Best Places To Visit In Kerala

 There are many beautiful world famous places in Kerala, India. The best places in Kerala are Aymanam, Kasaragod, Nelliampathy, Thekaddy, Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar, Poovar Island, Thenmala, Athirappilly, Kumarakom, Cochin, Guruvayur, Eravikulam National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Mattancherry Synagogue, Edakkal Caves, Alleppey, Kovalam, Vegamon, Wayanad, Varkala, Cherai, Mararikulam, and Kozhikode.

Kerala is located in India. Kerala is known as God’s Own Country. Its beauty is beyond imagination. Kerala is famous for its backwaters, lakes, mountains, hill stations, beaches, wildlife, forests, and houseboats. In addition to these there are many famous thing in Kerala. The list is endless. To enjoy all these things tourists from all over India and internationally visit Kerala.  Here is the list of world-famous places to visit in Kerala.

Kerala 25 World’s Best Places To Visit in 2022

1. Aymanam

Aymanam is a small village in the Kottayam District of Kerala. The distance between Aymanam and Kottayam railway station is 4 km. It is 85 km from Cochin International Airport. It is best known for the setting of Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel “The God of Small Things”. The top places to visit in Aymanam are Mozart Art Gallery, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal Island, Aruvikuzhy Waterfall, and Viacom Shri Mahadeva Temple. It is a picturesque village with Lake Vembnand, River Meenachil, and backwater.  It has found itself in the league of Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and London. Aymanam village is on the world tourism map as it has combined greenery, birdwatching, local food, streams, and arts.

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2. Kasaragod

Kasaragod is a municipality town located at the northern tip of Kerala state of India. Kasaragod has a long 293 km of coastline, hills, forts, backwater, and unique culture. It is known as the land of God. Kasaragod has the best hotels and restaurants for stay.  The Kottanchery hills in the Kasaragod district are rich in the beauty of nature. Kappil beach is famous for its seclusion righty with large space and pristine sand.   The atmosphere of Kasaragod is cold, foggy, and pleasant. All these things make Kasaragod a top tourist destination.   The nearest airport to Kasaragod is Mangalore at a distance of 70 km away. The distance between Kasaragod to Kannur is 96 km. Malayalam is the most spoken language in Kasaragod.

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3. Nelliampathy

Nelliampathy is a hill station in the Palakkad district of Kerala state, India. It is blessed with a lush dense rainforest with a number of wild animals like elephants, giant squirrels, sambar, and leopards. It is located 467 meters above sea level. It is known for its sprawling tea gardens, coffee, cardamom, and orange plantation. It is a really green paradise on earth and a must-visit place. The best places to visit in Nelliampathy are Sithargundu View Point, Sithargundu Waterfall, Pothundi Dam, Meenampara Estate, Vellarimedu Waterfalls,

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4. Thekaddy

Thekaddy is a town in the Kerala state of India. Thekaddy is the largest wildlife in India famous for Periyar Lake known for its variety of wildlife. The boat ride in Periyar Lake offers chances to see some rare animals and birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, and Nilgiri Wood Pigeon. The temperature of Thekaddy is minimum from December to January and is the best time to visit. The best places to visit in Thekaddy are Gavi Forest, Elephant Junction, Green Park Ayurveda and Spices Plantation, Periyar lake, and Tiger Reserve. The distance between Thekaddy to Alleppey by road is 155 km.  The distance between Thekaddy to Munnar is 555 km. The nearest airport to Thekaddy is Kottayam at 114 km from Thekaddy. 

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5. Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala located on the southwestern tip of India. It is also known as Trivandrum. Thiruvananthapuram is famous for Padmanabhswamy Temple, Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach, Poovar backwater, Anchuthengu backwater, Ghats of Ponmudi, and Agastya Mala. It provides the best South Indian Cuisine, Sophisticated Art Scene, Architecture Treasure, and Historic landmarks. The best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram are Shri Padmanabhswamy Temple, Napier Museum, Shangumungham Beach, Attukul Bhagavathi Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and Samindra Beach Park.  

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6. Munnar

Munnar is a hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is located at an elevation of 5200 feet from sea level. Munnar is among the most sought travel destination in the world. It is also called Kashmir of the south as there are tea plantations, valise, mountains, forest, and wildlife. There are many waterfalls in Munnar like Atukkad Waterfalls, Lakkam waterfalls, and Naimakkadu Waterfalls. December to February is the best time to visit Munnar as the weather is pleasant. The distance between Munnar to Cochin by road is 131 km and from Thekaddy is 85 to 90 km.

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7. Poovar Island

Poovar is a town in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. The Poovar has undisturbed natural beauty with various unspoiled unexposed golden sand beaches, and backwaters.  Poovar Island attracts tourists throughout the year.  This tiny island is bordered by backwaters and Neyyar River near its confluence with the Arabian sea.  The best places to visit in Poovar are Poovar Island Beach Road, Golden Sand Beach, Poovar backwater Cruise, Poovar Lake Port backwater, AyurSoma Ayurveda Royal Retreat, and Ideal Ayurveda Resort. The floating cottages in Poovar Island are engineering marvels coupled with great aesthetic sense. The nearest airport to Poovar is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport located an hour’s drive by road.

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8. Thenmala

Thenmala is a town in the Kollam district of Kerala state, India. Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The Thenmala Dam is the largest reservoir in the state. It is translated as Honey Hill as high-quality honey from this area is exported. The best places to visit in Thenmala are Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Thenmala Dam, Aryankavu Shastha Temple, Leisure Zone and sculpture Garden, Thenmala Hanging Bridge, Adventure Zoo, and Deer park. The nearest railway station to Thenmala is Kollam at a distance of 66 km away. The distance between Thenmala to Trivandrum by road is 72 km.

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9. Athirappilly

Athirappilly is a Gram Panchayat in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Athirappilly is famous for the slews of rivers that flow through places and waterfalls. The Athirappilly waterfalls are the largest waterfall in Kerala located on the Chalakudy River. The total height of the waterfall is 80 feet. The waterfall is also nicknamed “The Niagara of South India”. The distance between Athirappilly waterfall from Trissur is 63 km. This place is a haven for nature lovers who want to soak in beauty and tranquility.

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10. Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a city on the Vembanad Lake in the Kerala state of India. Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala. Kumarakom is famous for its backwater tourism. It is a fast developing-backwater tourism destination that offers a boating experience to the tourist.  Kumarakom lake resort is the finest heritage luxury resort in India. The places to visit in Kumarakom are Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal Island, Mango Meadows Agricultural Theme Park, Royal Riviera Hotel and resort, and village life experience. The nearest airport to Kumarakom is Cochin at 80 km away. The distance between Kumarakom to Kottayam is 13 km.

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11. Cochin

Kochi is also known as Cochin is a major port city located in the Ernakulum district of Kerala, India. It is an emerging Cosmo political city and commercial capital of Kerala. Kochi is popularly known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”. It is the most picturesque destination on the southwest coast of Kerala. The best places to visit in Kochi are Mattancherry palace, Cherai Beach, Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis CSI Church, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica Fort Cochin, and Hill palace Museum. Cochin International Airport is situated in the city of Cochin. Ernakulum is the nearest railway station to Cochin.

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12. Guruvayur

Guruvayur is a pilgrimage center in Kerala. Guruvayur temple is dedicated to the Guruvayrappan a form of Vishnu. Guruvayur Temple is one of the most important places for worshiping Hindus. It is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala. This temple is the third largest temple housing Lord Krishna. The places to visit in Guruvayur are Guruvayur Temple, Mammiyur Shri Mahadeo Temple, Shri Chamundeshwari Temple, Shri Parthasarathy Temple, and Chavakkad Beach.

13. Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is located in the Idukki and Ernakulam districts of Kerala. It is the most beautiful forest patch in Kerala. Eravikulam is also known as Rajamala. It is home to Nilgiri Thar – a species of goa at the park. The National Park is accessible from Cichi and Coimbatore airport located at a distance of 148 km and 175 km respectively. The entry time of Eravikulam national park is from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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14. Silent Valley National Park

Silent valley national park is in Kerala. It is located in Nilgiri Hills. It is spread across an area of 89 square kilometers. It is one of the most magnificent gifts of nature to mankind. It is home to rare animals like Nilgiri Thar and Lion Tailed Macaques. The places to visit in National Park are Kanjirapuzha Dam, Keralamkundu waterfalls, Cherumb Eco Village, Silent Valley National Park Range office, Thathengalam Beach, and Mannarkkad Churam. Silent Valley is a mountain rain forest and tropical moist evergreen forest in India.

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15. Mattancherry Synagogue

Mattancherry is a 16th-century palace built by the Portuguese in the traditional Keralan style located in Cochin. It is now an important tourist destination surrounded by the Arabian Sea’s backwater. Mattancherry Synagogue is popularly known as the Dutch palace.  It is two stored buildings. The walls of the palace are embellished with rich mural paintings executed in warm and beautiful colors illustrating various Hindu temples. It is considered one of the most ornately carved and decorated synagogues in Kerala. The architecture of the Mattancherry is traditionally Kerala Type.

16. Edakkal Caves

Edakkal caves are two remote caves at Edakkal in the Waynad district of Kerala, India. The caves were founded from 6000 BC to 1700 BC. The Edakkal caves are located 1200 feet above sea level. The pictorial drawing Inside the caves indicates the presence of ancient humans. These are the only stone age caves in India. The Edakkal cave’s candlelight dinner is amazing.  This environment is the most beautiful and romantic experience for any loving couple. You have to climb 300 old steps to reach the cave. The time of the caves is from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. The distance between Edakkal Caves and Chembra Peak is 33 km. You can visit the Chembra peak with Sabu Ashram by trekking.

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17. Alleppey

Alleppey or Alappuzha is known as “The Venice of the East”. Alappuzha is world famous backwater tourist destination in India. It is best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwater. Alleppey is famous for tranquil canals, lagoons, beaches, boat races, and marine products.  Alleppey is the oldest and cleanest planned city in India. The best places to visit in Alleppey are Marai Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Shri Krishnaswamy Temple, Pathiramandal Island, Alleppey Light House, and Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum. The houseboat accommodation is popular in Alleppey which offers spectacular interiors like a 5-star resort.

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18. Kovalam

Kovalam is a small town near Trivandrum in Kerala. The Kovalam beach is the top attraction in Kovalam. The beach has low tide, shallow water, and pristine nature. This beach is the top attraction for the locals as well as international tourists. The distance of Kovalam from Trivandrum is 13 km. The beach is very clean, and calm, and will provide a remarkable experience. The beach is famous for water sports activities like swimming, windsurfing, sailing, catamaran cruising, and fishing. The best places to visit in Kovalam are Samindra Beach Park, Light House Road, Vizhinjam Light House, Rock Cut Cave Temple, and Kovalam Beach.

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19. Vegamon

Vegamon is a small village hill station located at the border of Kottayam – Idukki in Kerala. It is a beautiful picnic spot famous for activities like trekking, paragliding, mounting, and rock climbing. There are top hotels, attractions, and restaurants making it the best place for tourists. The meadows, landscape, pine forest, waterfalls, tea estates, valise, and grassy hills enhance the beauty of Vegamon. The famous Vegamon Lake is very beautiful in the valley of Vegamon. The best places to visit in Vegamon are Vegamon Kurishumala Church, Murugan Hill, Thangalpara, Karikadu View Point, and Vegamon Meadow Lake.

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20. Wayanad

Wayanad is a district place in Kerala. It is famous for wildlife and spice plantation. Wayanad is a green paradise located among the mountains of western Ghats forming the world of the greener part of Kerala. It is known for its pleasant temperature throughout the year. The Wayanad is famous for camping, trekking, waterfalls, caves, birdwatching, comfortable Resorts, and Homestay. The tourist places to visit in Waynad are Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, Soochipara Waterfall, Kuruwadweep, Pookode Lake, and Sree Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple. The nearest airport to Wayanad is Karpur International Airport at Kozhikode at a distance of 100 km away. The temperature in August in Wayanad ranges between 21 to 26 Degree Celsius. 

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21. Varkala

Varkala is a town situated in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state India. It is one of the most popular destinations in India. Varkala is the only beach in Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian sea. These cliffs are unique sedimentary geo-morphological structures on the Kerala coast. The best tourist places to visit in Varkala are Varkala Beach, Sri Janardanaswamy Temple, Varkala Cliffs, Odayam Beach, and Varkala Aquarium. The best time to visit Varkala is October to February as the temperature is relatively low and the weather is pleasant. Trivandrum is the nearest airport to Varkala. There are many best resorts for your stay like Soul, Black beach, Royal KazBay Beach, and Varkala Marine palace.

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22. Idukki

Idukki is a district place in Kerala. It is famous for its wildlife sanctuary, beautiful bungalows, green dense forest, tea plantation, and rubber plantation. It is one of Kerala’s nature-rich areas blessed with beauty and tranquility. The best places to visit in Idukki are Idukki Dam, Tea Gardens, Kalvari Mount, Meesapulimala, Anayirankal Dam Reservoir, Anchuruli Waterfalls, Ceeyappara Waterfalls, and Cherutheni Dam, The Idukki Gold Resort and Spa is the best accommodation for enjoyment and relaxation. The winter season from the month of November to February is the best time to visit Idukki.

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23. Cherai

Cherai is a small town known for its beaches located in Kerala.  The beaches in Cherai are popular for swimming, dolphin watching, and viewing the Chinese Fishing Net or Cheena Vala. Cherai beaches are the most visited beaches in Kerala. It is near Vypeen Island in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Cherai Beach Resort is a paradise with swaying coconut trees, beautiful Kerala Backwater, and the Arabian Sea. There are many eateries, casual hotels, and homestays on the beachside.

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24. Mararikulam

Mararikulam is a small town in the Alleppey district of Kerala. The village is famous for backwater, beaches, beach resorts, and hotels that offer sea side village experience. The grounds on the beach are landscaped with plenty of sunbeds. The water of the beach is clean and safe. This place is the best place if you want a carefree and liberal gateway.

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25. Kozhikode

Kozhikode is a city along the Malabar coast in the south Indian state of Kerala. Kozhikode is the largest urban area in the state of Kerala and is known as the “City of The Spices”. Kozhikode has many hotels, attractions, and resorts making it the best place for tourists. The best places to visit in Kozhikode are Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach, Kappad Beach, Pazhassiraja Archeological Museum, Miskhal Masjid, SOROVOROM BIO PARK, and Regional Science Center.

I hope this article will be useful to you for the next trip to Kerala.

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