From its remarkable backwaters to the idyllic palm fringed beaches next to Kovalam
For such as small state, Kerala has numerous attractions to impress its visitors, from its remarkable backwaters around Kumarakom to the idyllic palm fringed beaches next to Kovalam and Varkala, passing by hill stations and numerous historic and cultural sights such as the Bekal Fort or the charming town such as Kochi. It is proud of its breathtaking natural beauty, a perfect mix forest, waters and mountains, as well as being the first Indian state to make tourism an industry and bring to life various ecotourism initiatives.
Some of the most sought after sights in Kerala include in alphabetic order:
- Backwaters: a complex network of rivers, lakes and canals, within the central Kerala region of Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and Punnamada
- Beaches : idyllic sun and sea destination within the southern regions of Kovalam and Varkala
- Bekal Fort: an impressive and massive Portuguese fort on the coast of North Kerala
- Cities : such as Thiruvanantapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, ideal to catch a traditional theatrical performances or for shopping
- Fort Cochin: once an important trading-post, it is today packed with various cultural and historic sites including plenty of colonial buildings influenced by Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Syrian, Christians and Muslim merchants, visitors, traders and settlers.
- Kathakali : home to some of Kerala’s most vibrant traditions including religious plays, dances, martial arts and delicious cuisine
- Heritage and Historic sites: such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the Mattancherry Palace, and various colonial forts and towns
- Hill stations: including Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi
- Kannur: home of “they yam”, a unique ancient ritual for spirit possession
- Kovalam: home to one of the worlds’ most famous beach and once a major hippie destination.
- Kumarakom: the epicentre of the popular backwater tourism and home to various luxury resorts especially around Kottayam
- Munnar: one of Kerala’s most authentic hill station surrounded by misty mountains, home to various tea plantations
- National parks : with their pristine forests, waterfalls and caves such as the Periyar park, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary or the Eravikulam National Park
- Pilgrim destinations : including Sabarimala Temple, Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvanantapuram, Guruvayoor Temple, Chettikulangara Temple, Vadakumnathan Temple in Thrissur, Sarkara Devi Temple, Padanilam Parabrahma Temple in Oachira, Beemapally mosque, Malayattor Church and Parumala Church
- Ponmudi: a charming hill station offering amazing natural beauty
- Silent Valley National Park: one of Kerala’s most beautiful rain forest, home to a variety of protected and endangered species
- Thekkady : a lush forest home to a variety of species including elephants and Tigers within the Periyar Reserve
- Varkala: offering some of the most breathtaking beaches and spectacular views surrounded by spectacular large cliffs.
- Waterfalls and Dams: spectacular natural beauty in the various national parks
- Wildlife Sanctuaries: including Wayanad for elephants and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary for bird watching