Places to Visit In Kerala
Kerala, a state with full of greenery, state beside beauty of ocean, enriched with culture and spicy food. There is a lot to say about Kerala but the question is, where you will experience this all? Here
we will give you details about marvellous places to visit in Kerala.
You can plan your trip to Kerala in following order of cities. This order may be reversed also.
Trivandrum-> Kanyakumari or Poovar-> Alleppey->Thekkady -> Munnar -> Kochi -> back to your city.
Now we will discuss about places to visit in these cities in the same order as order of cities. So, let’s start with Trivandrum.
Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. It is famous for British colonial architecture and art galleries. It is a major tourist hub of Kerala and of India as well. It is among most popular places to visit in Kerala.
(A) Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is a very sacred temple. Pilgrims visit here with desires in their mind. They believe that lord Vishnu will fulfil their desires.
It is classified as one of the richest temple of the world.
Timings to visit temple in morning:-
3:15 AM – 4:15 AM
6:30 AM – 7:00AM
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
5:00 PM – 6.15 PM
6:45 PM – 9:15 PM
There is a strict dress code in this temple. Entry is not allowed in pants, trousers, half pants, bermudas or anything stitched in nature.
Traditional white dhoti with colour strip at end is official dress of the temple.
Dress is available outside the temple also.
(B) Beaches in Trivandrum.
Kovalam is a small coastal town in south of Trivandrum. If you love beaches, you can enjoy here. This beach is bordered with coconut trees which increases its beauty.
Varkala beach is also known as Papanasam beach. It is a cliff beach situated in Varkala town. The beach skirts the Arabian sea which is a part of Indian ocean
Although Kanyakumari is not in Kerala but can be visited easily. It is 96 kms from Trivandrum. It takes 2 hours approximately to cover this distance.
Places to visit in Kanyakumari are:
(A) Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Vivekananda rock memorial is a popular tourist monument in Kanyakumari. It was built in 1970s in honour of Swamy Vivekananda.
Timings to visit: – All days of the week.
From 7:00AM – 5:00 PM
Fee to visit: – Rs. 20 Per person for ferry ride and Rs. 10 per person’s entry.
(B) Sunrise and Sunset
Views of sunrise and sunset are one of the pleasant moments in Kanyakumari.
Alleppey is a famous tourist destination for houseboating, marine water and coir industry.
Houseboating is famous among honeymoon. Night stay, breakfast, lunch and dinner facilities are available in houseboats.
Charge for 2 -3 hours travel is RS. 3000 to 4000,
For night stay, Rs. 8000 to 15000.
(B) Vembanad Lake
Vembanad lake is one of the largest lake of India, and the largest lake of Kerala. Maximum length of lake is 96.5 km and maximum width is 14 km.
Charge for boating: – Rs..500 for 30 minutes
There is complementary access for children below age of 5 years.
(C) Sree Swamy Temple Krishna
Sree Krishna temple, Alleppey is a Hindu temple. It is believed to be built during 17th century.
Timings to visit: – 3:00AM – 12:00PM
There is no entry fee.
Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home of herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur and Nilgiri langurs. Thekkady has following famous places to visit.
(A) Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of India. Boating safari is available in Periyar tiger reserve.
Entry timing:- 6:00AM to 6:00PM
Entry fee:- Rs.35 per adult.
Boating timing:- 7:00AM TO 4:00PM
Charge for boating:- Minimum RS.225 per person.
(B )Spice Plantation Tour
Thekkady hosts some of the finest spice plantation places to visit in Thekkady. It’s equable climate and unique geographical position favours in spice plantation.
Fee for spice plantation visit is RS. 200 per person
(C) Kadathanadan Kalari & Navsara Kathakali
It is a Small venue with stadium seating. It features traditional Indian martial art performances and Kathakali dance performances.
Charge for Kathakali and Marshall art performance is around Rs. 200 per person.
Here you can enjoy Elephant rides and also you can feed them and give them a shower.
Rs.350 per person for 30 minutes ride.
Timing: – 10:00AM TO 5:00PM
(D) Elephant ride
Thekkady is known for herds of elephants. Tourist can enjoy elephant rides. Tourists can also feed elephants and give them a shower.
Fee for elephant ride is around Rs 350 for 30 minutes.
Munnar is a hill station and India’s one of the largest tea growing region. Munnar is famous for honeymoon, family vacations, trekkers and even for art lovers.
Tata Tea Museum
This museum depicts the history of tea plantations and processing since the earlier times.
Timings to visit: – 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Entrance fee for adults is RS. 75.
Fee for children between age 6-12 years is Rs. 35
b) Eravikulam National Park
It is a 97 km. sq. national park located along the western ghats. It preserves endangered species.
Park is closed from February to March.
Entry timing: – 7:30AM – 6:30 PM
Entry fee: – For Indian fee is Rs. 120
Fee for foreigners is Rs. 400
Kochi is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian sea. The city was the centre for spice trade for centuries.
(A) Hill Palace
If you have interest in archaeology then this is the must visit place for you.
It is a museum dedicated to maharaja of the city.
(B )Cherai Beach
Beach is covered with golden sand.
It is a peaceful destination.
A good spot for photography also .
These all places adds 5 stars to our trip. If you visit Kerala these are the places to visit.