Kerala, the southernmost state is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India. These tourist destinations include Backwaters, Hill stations, Beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and much more. What makes the tours in Kerala attractive is its rich diversity in cultures and traditions. Kerala houses some of the most iconic and spectacular destinations and views. The most famous tourist places in Kerala are Munnar, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Kumarakom and the beautiful Wayanad. Even though there are more destinations in other districts, these locations are the most preferred.
Munnar – The Paradise
Located in Idukki district, Munnar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala. With a lush green scenery, tea plantations, hill stations and the cool climate make it a favorite honeymoon destination for newlyweds. Munnar is situated in the Western Ghats Mountain range with an elevation of 1,600 metres above sea level. The name Munnar is originated from the “three rivers”, namely Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly which flows through the region.
The Hill station in Munnar was previously a summer resort for the British during the colonial times. Ideally, Munnar is famous for its huge mountain slopes of tea plantations which house
Tea plantations in Munnar
over 90% of the area. That’s just a spectacular view that one must see with their very own eyes. We can drive through the tea plantations to enjoy the fresh cool air and the breathtaking views of nature’s own paradise. Some of the recommended sites in Munnar are:
Munnar has a long history with tea production. Tea plantations are what made Munnar this much popular and attractive. The Tea Museum shows us how the tender tea leaves are processed to form the familiar tea powder we use every day. It also houses the old machinery used for tea production along with the key history of Munnar, in the form of photos, documentaries etc.
Eravikulam National Park:
A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Eravikulam National Park is one of the main tourist attractions in Munnar and the first national park in Kerala. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km, this park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. This park is also home to several species of flora and fauna. Another popular attraction is the “Neelakurinji” which is a flower that blooms once in 12 years. Many tourists arrive to see this visual spectacle. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi Peak standing at a height of over 2700m is located inside the park.
The list of recommended sites cannot be enclosed in a list as there are many attractive and popular places in Munnar itself. Going to Munnar for a tour, as a family or honeymoon, it will give you a heavenly experience like never before.
Alleppey & Kumarakom- The land of Backwaters
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is a famous tourist destination that houses the backwaters, Backwaters coupled with Houseboat rides is one of the biggest assets in Kerala Tourism. The experience offered by houseboat rides gives a feeling that cannot be expressed with words. The Kerala Backwaters is a UNESCO heritage site which therefore increases its value in the tourism sector. Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers and lakes. Backwaters are famous boat races, especially the Nehru Trophy Boat race which takes place on the Punnamada Lake
Waterfalls – The Wonder of Nature
The wonder of nature which is just spectacular to see, the sound of the falling stream of water, it is something that must be experienced with our own eyes. Waterfalls offer a unique feeling which makes us fall into the trance of nature. Like other tour destinations, waterfalls are also a very famous spot for tourists. One of the most famous waterfalls in the world is the Athirappilly Waterfalls. Located at Athirappilly in Thrissur district, it is the largest waterfall in Kerala standing at a height of 80 mtrs. The Waterfalls attract visitors from across India, especially during the monsoon months during the months of June-September. It is estimated that about 7 million tourists visit the falls each year. One unique speciality of Athirappily is that it offers two views which is one from the top side and the other at the very bottom of the falls.
Athirappilly waterfalls are not only a popular destination for tourists, but it’s also a most favourite location for movie directors, especially Maniratnam. Who can forget the song “Barso Re Megha” from the movie Guru featuring the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai dancing on the background of Athirappilly waterfalls. Near to Athirappilly waterfalls lies another most visited waterfall named Vazhachal waterfalls. It is colloquially called “Charpa” by the locals.
The nearest railway station is at a distance of 30 km in Chalakkudi and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
Tours are an important part of our life. It gives us a new exposure to cultures, lifestyles and new experiences. It connects us and creates emotional bonds that last lifelong. To make a tour memorable and thrilling, the planning must be done right and the right destinations must be chosen.