Explore the colourful and ethnic Kerala by visiting the blue beaches and the frondescent coastline which will tantalize you with their serene beauty.
Here are few geographical gems that will have you bowled over:
The largest agglomeration in the prosperous state of Kerala, Kochi (Cochin) is one of the most-frequented travel hubs of South India. The Chinese nets at the Kochi Fort facing the sea give a beautiful start to explore the God’s own country. Vypin Island is easily connected by ferries, and here you can enjoy boat ride and spot dolphins at the beautiful Cherai Beach. The walk at the Marine Drive promenade gives a picturesque view of the waters. The cosmopolitan city is also famous for many holy places like Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Ernakulathappan Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, Kadamattom Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. One can spend some quality time at Wonderla Amusement Park, Kashi Art Gallery, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Jewish Synagogue, Folklore Museum, Museum of Art and Kerala History, and Cochin Cultural Centre.
Distance from Kochi: 40 km approx.
In recent times, Cherai has gained popularity among the tourists being a neighbouring hot-spot from Cochin. The crystal clear water surrounds the dancing coconut trees below the shining sun, and offers the perfect place to spend the afternoons. Cherai is stretched for several kilometres, hence gives an opportunity to visit other beaches spread across the strip, where one can enjoy water sports and other beach activities. Kuzhupilly Beach, Bolgatty Island, Willingdon Island and Kodanad Elephant Training Centre are few nearby places where you will have the time of your life.
Distance from Kochi: 128 km approx.
Known as the Kashmir of South, Munnar is situated in the lap of Western Ghats, where you are sure to get mesmerised by the nature’s beauty at the confluence of Kundali, Nallathanni, and Muthirapuzha rivers. Munnar has a lot of scenic spots to range over; Mattupetty Dam and the Kundala Lake welcome you to boat around and observe the greens, whereas the Echo Point, Valara Waterfalls and Karadippara View Point give a kaleidoscopic view of the Western Ghats. The hill station is well-known for its tea, rubber, pineapple and spice plantations; in fact, visiting the Tata Tea Museum is highly recommended. The canopy surrounding Munnar is Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park which is a popular attraction for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Ibex), whereas an ayurvedic massage after the rugged elephant safari and trekking is heaven in disguise.
Distance from Kochi: 172 km approx.
Thekkady in Idukki district is a paradise for wildlife lovers where they can have a once in a lifetime experience, watching the elephant herds, tigers, gaurs and lion-tailed macaques in wild in Periyar Tiger Reserve which is a moist deciduous forest. Moreover, one can also enjoy bamboo rafting and a cruise safari in the Periyar River. A 15 km drive will take you to the holy Mangala Devi Temple where you may offer prayers for a blissful life. The Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Show and the elephant ride must be added to the bucket list.
Distance from Kochi: 53 km approx.
13 km from Kottayam are the relaxed backwaters of the beautiful Kumarakom, where the lush landscapes and mangroves surround the view. An eco-friendly tour around the Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India, offers an unforgettable boating and photography experience, and lets you capture the natural web of lagoons. You may rent a house boat for relishing a candle light dinner and fishing some of the exclusive prawn species. The mornings and evenings can be spent watching the birds in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Owls, Cormorants and Herons are few resident bird species whereas a number of birds from Himalayas and Siberia also migrate here. A bungalow built by Mr. A G Baker too attracts tourists from all over the world. Nearby attractions are Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls.
Distance from Kochi: 206 km approx.
Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum aka “evergreen city of India” has numerous places to visit including beaches and temples. The city’s rich cultural heritage is portrayed in Kowdiar Palace, the Kanakakunnu Palace, Sree Chithra Art Gallery and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, while Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and Attukal Temple hold religious significance. The pristine beaches of Trivandrum are silent and eco-friendly, while the localites are accommodating which gives a glimpse of what Kerala has to offer. The white sand and blue water front at Shankumugham Beach offers peace of mind. Lion safari at Neyyar Dam, an excursion at the Napier Museum and Zoo with children, and a family picnic at the Veli Tourist Village will wrap up your trip to Kerala’s capital with some recreation.
Distance from Kochi: 220 km approx.
The beach town Kovalam is located 16 km from Trivandrum and is home to few crescent-shaped beaches which offer a luxury haunt for tourists. The rocky profile with calm waters makes it an ideal travel hub. Lighthouse Beach, Hawa beach and Samudra Beach not only give you a temporary escape for the usual hustle and bustle, but also give you enough time for buying shell products, antiques and textiles at Chaithram Art Gallery and other local shops.