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5 Must Visit Places in Kerala

Kerala, the God’s Own Country, is rich in art, culture, and history. People visit this Indian state for various reasons — some come here to spend a peaceful weekend in the Kerala backwaters, while others come to get Kerala Ayurvedic treatment, and some come to taste the rich art, culture, history, and festivals of Kerala, and yet another group come to simple chill out on the long crescent beaches of Kerala.

These are those people who either have visited Kerala earlier, or have researched extensively. And almost all of them included the following places in their lists of “must visit place in Kerala”. If you are just starting out then you are lucky, as you just have saved time by reading through this. You must include all these in your Kerala tour.

Munnar

Munnar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats of India in Idduki district. It sits on the confluence of three mountain ranges — Muthirapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni — 1600 meters above the sea level. It is the most famous tourist destination in all of Kerala. In the British India, it was summer resort of the British administration in South India. You can feel their erstwhile presence in the numerous colonial bungalows present here. The weather is pleasant, and the hill station is full of waterfalls, rivulets, and tea plantation. It is also suitable for mountain biking and trekking.

Eravikulam National Park

When you travel towards Idduki district on the Western Ghats of India then you must visit Eravikulam National Park, a famous wild-life sanctuary, which is spread in 97 square kilometers. The park has a hill plateau which rises up to 2 kilometers in height. Till date, 26 species of mammals have been found in this park, which includes largest number of Nilgiri Tahr. The national park is also a home 132 species of birds.

Kovalam

Three crescent beaches of Kovalam, which was brought to public by the Maharaja of Travancore, has been a hot favorite among European tourists, since 1930s. And it was with the arrival of hippies in early 1970s, that this place became the hot favorite among the modern tourists. The beaches are separated by rocky outcroppings. The three crescent beaches have hundreds of meters of shallow water, which make it ideal for swimming. All the beaches are covered by steep palm trees. Although the fun activities on Kovalam beaches are unlimited, this is an ideal destination if you want to sunbath, swim, or get herbal body message.

Kumarakom

The village of Kumarakom is located 16 kilometers away from its district center Kottayam. A cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake makes it one of the hottest tourist destinations in Kerala. Not only men and women, even exotic birds find this village exotic. The 14-acre bird sanctuary in Kumarakom invites scores of migratory birds. For a bird lover as well as an ornithologist, this is a paradise. Darters, teals, herons, Egrets, cuckoo, waterfowls, wild duck, and the Siberian Stork are some of the species that you can spot in Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

The more than 400-year old Padmanabhapuram Palace complex was built by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal in 1601 AD. It is located in Padmanabhapuram fort, which is made of granite and encompasses around four kilometers area. Padmanabhapuram Palace complex is 50 kilometers from the Capital City Thiruvananthapuram. It is also accessible from Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. This palace is a fine example of traditional Kerala architecture. You will find quite many typical elements used in Kerala style architecture in this palace. If you are on a short vacation to Kerala, you may not get time to visit all the places, but you can certainly take time out to see the five exotic tourist destinations of Kerala that I have described above. Visiting all will help you understand the essence of Kerala.