Kerala Tourism

Kerala fondly called as 'God's own Country' is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Asia. An equable climate, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush green hill stations, exotic wildlife, sprawling waterfalls, evergreen plantations and paddy fields, makes it a yearlong tourist destination. The enchanting art forms, unending saga of myriad fairs and festivals, historic and cultural monuments and an exotic spicy Kerala cuisine offers you a unique memorable experience making Kerala a destination for 'Celebrating life'. The authentic Ayurvedic treatments and highly sophisticated medical facilities gives Kerala a top position in the World health tourism map. No wonder, National Geographic has selected Kerala as one of the most preferred destinations of the world.

Geography & Climate

Sandwiched between the mist-clad mountains of the Western Ghats and the vast Arabian Sea and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features.

Pleasant and equable climate of Kerala attracts a number of tourists each year. This is because of the land's nearness to the sea and the presence of the fort like Western Ghats on the east. Winter and summer (November to May) are the peak tourist seasons.

The temperature in Kerala normally ranges from 28° to 32° C (82° to 90° F) on the plains but drops to about 20° C (68° F) in the highlands. The Highlands of Kerala in which Wayanad falls, is an area of major tourist attraction and enjoys a cool and invigorating climate the year-round . Owing to its diversity in geographical features, the climatic condition in Kerala is diverse. It can be divided into 4 seasons - Winter, Summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon

A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter, are for sure, going to be never to forget experiences. But for those, who really want to enjoy the day under the cloudy sky, and feel the bracing scent of the wet soil, revitalizing the body, mind and soul, monsoons are for you.

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Major Tourist Attractions in Kerala

  • Wayanad

    Wayanad, fondly called the ‘green paradise’ is tucked away in the mountains of the Western Ghats. Only a short distance from some of the popular tourist destinations in South India like Ooty, Mysore and Coorg, Wayanad is an easily accessible and important tourist destination in Kerala. The name Wayanad literally translates into the land of forests and even today, it has large tracts of virgin forest lands, wild life and blissful nature trails that will awaken your senses.

  • Alappuzha

    Distance from Kalpetta - 306 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 7.00 Hours

    With an overwhelming presence of water in the form of canals and backwaters, the district of Alappuzha has a distinct lifestyle owing to the presence of these water bodies. The region has in store, some of the picturesque natural settings in Kerala. Interspersed with vast stretches of paddy fields, avenues of coconut trees, islets and villages, Alappuzha is also famous for coir making and coir-based industries. Historically, Alappuzha was once an important trading center and was popular among foreign traders as the ‘Venice of the East.’ Renowned for its any boat races, Alappuzha also has beautiful stretched fishing villages and is also one of the few places in the world, where farming is done below sea level.

  • Bekel Fort

    Distance from Kalpetta – 144 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 4 Hours

    History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort, by the sea shore. The Bekal fort is the largest and the best preserved of its kind in Kerala. This 300 plus years old fort is located on a vast 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.The tall observation towers of this hill-top fort built in 1502 AD by Ekkary Sivappu Nayak of Bednone, provide a panoramic view of the Lakshadweep sea. TheBekal Fort feels like one of taken from the pages of grimms fairy tale. It has all the ingredients and the scenic richess of an abandoned fort onlooking the vast ocean.

  • Varkala

    Distance from Kalpetta – 421 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 8 Hours

    The Varkala Beach is one of the finest beaches in Kerala. Varkala, situated at Pythal Mala hill station, is an important religious place for the Hindus. It is the only place in South Kerala where you can see cliffs adjacent to the Arabian Sea. There are various tourist attractions in Varkala, such as the 2000-year-old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, the religious site Sivagiri Mutt, the 924 ft Varkala Tunnel, and Kappil Lake, the Nature Center, etc. But the coastal city of Varkala is mainly renowned for its exotic beach, which will make your tour to Kerala memorable.

    The Varkala Beach is a popular and scenic beach, beautified by lofty cliffs and mineral-water springs. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of the cliffs. To watch the sunset along Kerala coast, you have to be on the Varkala Beach. Situated 42 km from Thiruvanathapuram, the beautiful Varkala Beach is an ideal spot for confluence of exotic and alien cultures.

  • Munnar

    Distance from Kalpetta – 325 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 7 Hours

    One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South IndiaSprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken over by the Tata Tea Company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is theNeelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

  • Fortcochin

    Distance from Kalpetta – 265 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 6 Hours

    Fort Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperours state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’, Its strategic importance over the centuaries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

  • Kovalam

    Distance from Kalpetta – 464 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 8 Hours

    The frenzied beachfront development, bloated prices and indefatigable souvenir-sellers of Kovalam are almost worth putting up with for its lovely slice of sand and perfectly swaying palms. Permanently tattooed on European charter-group itineraries, these days there is little room left for the budgeteers that pioneered India’s tourism industry. Nevertheless, Kovalam clings to some remnants of charm, particularly once you step off the main-beach drag into the rice paddies and palm groves that stretch far inland. It can be a good place to kick back for a few days, particularly during quieter times.

  • Muzhuppilangad Beach

    Distance from Kalpetta – 125 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 4 Hours

    Situated 15 km from Kannur, Muzhappilangad beach is one of the longest beaches of Kerala. It is only drive-in beach of India which makes it unique from all other beaches not only in Kerala but also in India.

    Shores of the beach being lined up with blank boulders protect it from the lashing waves, also making it a natural shallow place. One can enjoy swimming in this natural shallow pool of water without having to fear the powerful currents. Another nearby attraction is the lovely Dharmadan Island which is just a meters away from the shore. Visiting this island would be just an experience of the true beauty of untouched nature.

  • Kumarakom

    Distance from Kalpetta – 310 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 7 Hours

    The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort.

  • Thekkady

    Distance from Kalpetta – 370 Kms Approximate time of Journey - 7.30 Hours

    Situated in the confluence of the Periyar river in Idukki distict, Thekkady , India ’s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old ’Surki’ dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms. The Country’s sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is considered a haven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. This place is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations and is rightly called the “Spice capital of the world”.

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