Kerala- Land of Premam

A state that is known for so many things that the human brain can not assimilate and is just a lot for the naked eye to respond. Situated on the Southwest Malabar coast of India, the beautiful and luscious flora and almost everything about the state is so amazing that it is called the “God’s own country”. The fertile land is used to grow the finest spices, tea, and coffee and the environment is so rich that it supports huge varied species of wildlife. Kerala is best known for the backwaters and hence also called the Venice of India. Puttu and kadala curry which not only defines a new dimension of taste but also induces one to become a fan of it.

1. Alleppey

Officially known as Alappuzha. It is called the backwater capital of India because of the most scenic and rustic backwaters. Situated on the Laccadive Sea, having a network of canals and lagoons. Houseboat cruises are synonymous to Alleppey. Fresh from the water seafood, amazing and authentic ayurvedic therapies, walk in the village on the banks of the river are the major highlights of the place. Most importantly sleeping in the houseboat that is afloat on the spectacular backwater and surrounded by coconut palms is just a million-dollar experience. Alappuzha is a splendid beauty having canals and rivers on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other which is the Allepey Beach.

2. Munnar

It is a hill station located 1600 meters above sea level. Famous for the shades of green canopied land of tea plantations. The location used to be the summer resort of the British rulers. Munnar has exotic species of wildlife and flora. Tourists can collect various spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, clove, etc. Last but never least one can not miss out on the homemade dark chocolates and white chocolates. Eravikulam National Park is a habitat for the endangered mountain goat, Nilgiri Tahr. There is a famous hiking trail of 2695 meters which leads to Anamudi Peak, it is the highest peak in the Western Ghats.

3. Guruvayur

The pilgrimage town is located 93 Km away from Kochi. Red-roofed, ancient temple is known for offering the pilgrimage offer. The offerings range from fruits to gold and silver and the most important part is that the offering is usually made equivalent to the weight of the person. Temple is dedicated to Indian Lord Krishna and is referred to as Bhooloka Vaikuntam which translates to the holy abode of Vishnu on Earth. There is a strict dress code that has to be followed. For Men, it is compulsory to wear Dhoti and no shirt and for Women saree or churidar is allowed and no western wear is permitted. The timing of the temple is from 3:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.-9:15 P.M.

4. Vagamon

Adventure sports destination of Kerala. Soaring the sky while para-diving, camping, off-roading, trekking, zip-line are the bunch of outdoor activities that can be performed here. Most of the visitors never get to know about this place and miss out to visit Vagamon. In the unruffled state like Kerala Vagamon is an escapade destination.

5. Wayanad

Again Wayanad is known for the wildlife and the spices produced here. Wayanad wildlife reserve is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve located amidst the serene hills of Western Ghats. Asian elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, etc are found in natural habitat in the reserve.

6. Athirapally Waterfalls 

The largest waterfall in Kerala. The waterfall can be viewed from above and also from downward as well. To have a better and closer experience of the waterfall a separate path has been built by which visitors can trek down to the waterfall. the fall is 80 feet tall. The fall looks majestic during the rainy season. The waterfall hence becomes one of the must-visits in the Kerala trip.

7. Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a cluster of Islands on the Vembanad Lake. It has been a very famous attraction in Kerala because of the spectacular bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is spread for about 14 acres and houses various migratory birds like cuckoos and Siberian storks. Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is one of the heritage zones of Kerala. It is around 1000 years old and the architecture of the mosque is still so rich and the wood carvings are so beautiful. 

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