A Guide to the Top Five Destinations In Kerala

Kerala is known as God’s own country because of its untainted tropical beauty. It is said to be a heaven for people who love to see the cool hills and calm sea beaches. Long green plantations, winding backwaters, and spice plantations are the facets of the city that make it one of the finest tourist places in the country. Green hills, white beaches, tropical vegetation, rivers and few other places are hidden treasures of the state. With a great essence of valuable spices in the air, a unique tradition, and a variety of animals make it a perfect yet adventurous backpacking trip for us. You will surely have a quintessential leisurely experience at these top five destinations in Kerala.

Visit these top five destinations in Kerala

Here, I am listing down the top five destinations in Kerala that you should witness in this tropical paradise of India.

Munnar

Munnar

Located on the Western Ghats, Munnar, one of the top five destinations in Kerala, is considered as the most pleasing tourist destinations in Kerala. The city is widely known as the highest tea producer on the Indian Subcontinent. Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. The town is bordered by the backwaters, sunny beaches, waterfalls, gushing streams, misty mountains that make the place a unique gateway from the crowded life of the city. Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

The amazing view of the hills touching the clouds will surely revitalize your mind and soul. When I went to Kerala, I was a little disturbed due to some personal problems but this breathtaking view built up my mood and gave me strength.

  • How to Reach: The Cochin international airport is nearby to the city, around 110 kilometres by road. So, I took a state-run buses (you can take a private one as well if you are going with your family) as they are the best way to get to Munnar. From Cochin airport, there is a cab facility available to reach there.
  • Where to Stay: Best-in-class places such as Munnar Terrace Gardens, Fort Munnar, and Misty mountain resorts are available in the range of 3000-5000 INR per night.
  • Best season to visit: It is an all-season destination but the tourist season generally starts from August and runs up to March. However, going in an off-season lets you save your money. I went at the end of July (because it was my birthday and I wanted some ‘alone’ time) and my stay at a hotel costed me Rs. 2000 (Cheap! Ain’t it?).

Alleppey

Alleppey

Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha), the second among the top five destinations in Kerala is the most beautiful state I have ever seen. It is widely known for the rustic backwaters along with a network of canals. While streaming down the backwaters, you can enjoy the lavish feel of “kettuvallams” or houseboats as they offer the lip-smacking cuisines cooked by the top chefs ( I miss that food till now. My mouth waters every time Alleppey’s Chicken Biryani comes into my mind). Moreover, there are unique churches and temples that add more beauty to the scenic beauty of the city.

  • How to Reach: The Cochin international airport is quite near to the Alleppey city. It is around a distance of 75 kilometres only.
  • Where to Stay: If you want to experience a lavish lifestyle, then you could go for houseboats such as JCT House Boat, The Tharangini House Boat, Cosy House Boat, etc. that are easily available for 6,500 INR per night. However, if you wish to stay grounded, then you can go for deluxe hotels, like Citrus Retreats, Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Hotel, and The Ramada Alleppey that can cost you between 3,000-7,000 INR for each night.
  • Best season to visit: Like Munnar, Alleppey is also an all-weather destination.

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Cochin

Cochin is an economic and cultural city of Kerala. Cochin, the third destination among the top five destinations in Kerala, is a tourist hub that always attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. I loved how different cultures are fused in this city. This fusion can be enjoyed by people of different religions. From fishing nets to the striking cultivation of spices, the city is flooded with many eye-grasping locations. There are many hidden surprises in Cochin that are waiting to be discovered by all of us.

  • How to Reach: There are direct flights available to the city from all the major parts of India and the world. The main city is just 29 kilometres away from the airport.
  • Where to Stay: Top accommodations such as Le Colonial Neemrana, The Trident, and the Neemrana tower house are available there. These hotels range from 3000-10000 INR each night. I stayed in a hotel near local market.
  • Best season to visit: I believe Cochin has a different charm in different seasons and it can be visited all around the year. However, winters (October to February) is the best time to visit Cochin.

Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) is the capital city of Kerala. It holds a unique heritage of culture and architecture that is still highly represented. Trivandrum is the most cultural affluent part of the state has now become the most lovable tourist place.  The Kowdiar palace, a former residence of the royal family of Travancore, is a must visit destination in the whole city.

  • How to Reach: The capital city is easily accessible by trains, air, and national highways.
  • Where to Stay: Most reasonably priced hotels come under the range of 500-6000 INR each night. These hotels include Hotel Galaxy Inn, Classic Sarovar Portico, Vivanta by Taj, and Hotel Fortune The South Park. These classy hotels offer the top-notch facilities with the great and reliable service.
  • Best season to visit: Visit anytime except summers. As I went in July, I did not enjoy much of the weather there was hot and arid.

Kovalam

Want to spend some memorable time with your loved ones? Kovalam is the gateway to your happiness.

As my trip was going to end, I headed over to Kovalam city, the last tourist destination among the top five destinations in Kerala. I just sat around the beaches there and sank my feet into them. I can assure you that you will also enjoy Kovalam city’s lifestyle.

The place is surrounded by the green vegetation and huge coconut trees making it a popular tourist place. Over the past years, the city gained its name as the best Ayurvedic healing center.

  • How to Reach:  Trivandrum airport is just 20 kilometres away from the city of Kovalam. You can even take auto-rickshaws and hire taxi-cabs that are considered as the best transport medium.
  • Where to Stay: Top hotels such as Hotel Samudra KDC, Vivanta by Taj Green Cove, et cetera are available. These hotels range from 1500-7000 INR per night.
  • Best season to visit: Kovalam can be visited all year round. However, if you want to enjoy the rain-washed glory, and the flora and fauna, then go in the beginning of monsoon.

          P.S: Do carry an umbrella or a raincoat if you don’t like drenching in rain.

Undoubtedly, you have many reasons to visit this beautiful place. The reason can be anything like the goodness of nature, culture, and architecture that are favoured by the God themselves. If you visit Kerala once, you will wish to go there again and again just like I do.

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