kerala is aptly connoted as “Gods own country”, located in the south west region of India, specifically on the Malabar coast. This tourist friendly destination has plethora of magnificent and awe-inspiring places to visit like breath taking beautiful beaches, alluring kerala backwaters, tropical greenery as well as Ayurvedic tourism among abundance of other major tourist attractions.
Some of the most famous destinations of kerala are Munnar, Kovalam, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Bekal, Fort Kochi, Kollam, Muzhappilangad, Muziris Heritage and lush green tea plantations.
Kovalam beach is 16 kms away from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. It is a spectacular beach having three adjacent crescent shaped beaches, serving numerous leisure activities to indulge in, namely catamaran cruising, herbal body toning massages, swimming, and of course sunbathing due to the presence of tropical sun which gets the sunbathers the desired faint copper tan on their skins. Kovalam has a massive rocky promontory that is ideal for sea bathing.
Munnar is a picturesque and quaint hill station situated at the conflux of three mountain streams; also it has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi. It is a heaven for trekkers owing to its scenic beauty and alluring charm. Not only is Munnar a right place for trekking but it also has an extensively diverse fauna and flora at the Eravikulam National Park. Neelakurinji or Strobilanthes kunthiana is an exotic shrub which envelops the entire grasslands of Munnar once in twelve years. Its soft blue colour coats the entire forest area, adding more beauty to the already heavenly sight. Neelakurinji will blossom next in 2018. If you enjoy tranquility and calmness of nature more than the hustle bustle of the town then Munnar has more to offer your pleasure buds. Mattupetty at the height of 1700m above the sea level is known for its dairy farm, an indo-swiss livestock project, which has many species of high yielding cows. It also has enticing lakes and beatific boat rides that enables a beautiful view of the landscapes and neighboring hills. The power house waterfalls, splendid reservoirs of Chinnakanal & Anayirangal, panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu and the spread of Neelakurinji from Top Station (23 kms from Munnar), know about the origin and evolution of tea at Tea Museum are a few other must visit destinations in and around Munnar.
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in India. It has a large spices plantation as well. Tea, cardamom, coffee and pepper are to be found in abundance adjacent to Periyar Reserve. It also has watch towers which provides an excellent view of the more than 1800 species of flora and 250 plus species of fauna.
Kerala is well known for alluring backwaters stretches of Alumkadavu, Kollam, Ashtamudi, Chandragiri Fort & River, Chithari – a small tropical island, Kumarakom, Mannanam in Kottayam and many more. Marine Drive in Kochi is a popular hangout attraction not only for the tourists but the locals as well, as it offers mesmerizing scenic beauty of the backwaters of Kochi along with the a modern complex that includes shopping malls, cafes, supermarkets and the rainbow bridge.