Kerala offers you a wide range of options, from chilly mountains to beautiful beaches, if you are looking for a nice spot for your vacation. Let’s look at the 5 best places you must visit when you are in Kerala.
1. Alappuzha (Aleppey)
Alappuzha is known as the “Venice of the East,” and the place does complete justice to that name. The backwaters of Alappuzha are a sight to behold. A houseboat cruise in the backwaters on a bright day is an experience to be cherished. Alappuzha is one of the most popular travel destinations in Kerala. Apart from the peaceful backwaters, Alappuzha offers various other options like the Alappuzha beach, ayurvedic therapies, village walks, several beautiful temples, and the local culture and food of Kerala.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, connected to all major cities of India. The airport is 83 km away from Alappuzha. You can book a cab or taxi from the airport to reach Alappuzha or take the bus/train services.
This beautiful hill station lying about 1600 m above sea level, is known as the “Kashmir of South India.” The never-ending tea plantations, the chilly weather, and the soothing ambience of Munnar make it one of the best tourist centres in Kerala. The view of the mighty Western Ghats, the bright sky, and warm chai are all you need to make your day shine brighter. Munnar is home to many endemic and endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, and the Neelakurinji, the beautiful flower which blooms only once in 12 years. Munnar is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a fresh breath of air.
How to Reach: Cochin International Airport is 109 km away from Munnar. The place is well connected to the towns of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by road. Taxi services are also available.
Another hill station situated in the Western Ghats, Wayanad, resembles Munnar in many ways. The tea plantations and the chilly weather certainly remind you of Munnar, but Wayanad has much more to it than that. The waterfalls, lakes, and caves make it a paradise for tourists who wish to escape the city lights and crowd. You can also visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to many endangered species.
How to Reach: The Kozhikode International Airport is 100 km away from Wayanad. Taxi/Bus services can be used to reach Wayanad from there.
Varkala beach and cliff have transformed into a paradise for the tourists from a pilgrim center over the years. Varkala Beach is also known as Papanasam Beach, which means to wash away your sins. Varkala is one of the very few beaches in India that has a cliff adjacent to it. The cliff offers a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset. Varkala is the perfect getaway spot for beach lovers.
How to Reach: Trivandrum International Airport is only 46 km away from Varkala. Bus and taxi services are regularly available.
Athirappally is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in South India. At over 80 ft high, it is the largest waterfall in Kerala. The waterfall is situated in the Chalakkudy River, which is the fifth-longest river in Kerala. Athirappally offers you a breathtaking view of the mightiness of nature, and you will be left amazed by the sheer power of the same. The area is home to different animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Lion-tailed Macaque, and Indian Leopard.
How to Reach: Cochin International Airport is 40 km away from Athirappally. Bus and taxi services are regularly available.
Edited by Prakriti Arora