Kerala among TIME Magazine’s top 50 world destinations to explore
Time magazine has chosen Kerala among 50 ‘extraordinary destinations’ across the globe to explore in 2022. Kerala is ranked ninth in the ‘World’s Greatest Places 2022’ list as an ‘eco-tourism hot spot’. “With spectacular beaches and lush backwaters, temples and palaces, it’s known as ‘God’s own country for good reason.”
Tucked in South India, between the lush Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is one among the best travel experiences India has to offer. Nicknamed “God’s Own Country”, the land is blessed with hill stations, backwaters, beaches, tea gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, quaint villages and multi-ethnic towns. The blissful experiences offered by Kerala tours is cherished by families, couples on honeymoon, adventure enthusiasts, solo backpackers, spiritual seekers and everyone seeking a vacation to cherish.
So, what does the land have, that is believed to be a heaven on earth? Here’s why this is one haven that is perfect for holidays in India. The land has abundance of natural beauty that includes lush hills dotted with waterfalls, tea gardens and spice plantations, azure backwaters, scenic shores and verdant jungles. Besides, there is the mouth-watering cuisine, adventure sports, relaxing Ayurveda breaks and spiritual quests that make Kerala tour packages worthwhile. While you are planning the ultimate post-COVID vacation in Kerala, here are the best places to cover.
Home to scenic backwater tours, Alleppey is one of the best tourist places in Kerala. The picturesque network of lakes, rivers, and lagoons is described as the Venice of the East. Exploring the backwaters is best enjoyed on houseboats. Cruise on the traditional houseboat of the romantic backwaters making it a memorable experience. Houseboats in Kerala offer overnight journeys while enjoying amenities like lavish rooms, attached washrooms, on-board food and more.
Must-visit places: St. Andrews Church, Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple and Punnamada Lake. The annual Snake Boat Races are the popular attraction of Alleppey.
Cochin is without doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Kerala. Known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, the port city is a well-known for its heritage and multi-ethnic culture. The gateway to Kerala, the city has many ancient forts, palaces, churches, museums, restaurants, heritage walks and so much more. The charming sites, the colourful culture, cuisine, and experiences make every visit incredible.
Must-visit places: Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi and Marine Drive
Nestled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Munnar is among the most beautiful hill towns in India. Hills covered in mist, roaring waterfalls, lush green tea estates, dense forests, rare wildlife, natural bliss as far as the eye can see, Munnar is the retreat to rest your weary souls. Be it adventure or relaxation, the hill town is an epitome of wanderlust.
Must-visit places: Anamudi Peak, Kuthumkal Waterfalls, Echo Point, Observatory Hills and Power House Waterfalls
One of the most popular beach destinations in India, Kovalam lies close to Kerala's capital. The meaning of Kovalam is the ‘grove of coconut trees’. Blessed with palm-fringed shores, the town is home to a number of beach resorts and spa therapy centers. A popular tourist destination, Kovalam is a haven for beach lovers, watersport-enthusiasts, honeymoon couples and everyone seeking respite from daily lives.
Must-visit places: Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Vellayani Lake, Halcyon Castle and Kovalam Art Gallery
Home to the famous backwaters of Kerala, Kumarakom is a pleasant town nestled on the banks of Vembanad Lake. This stretch of the backwaters are a haven for birds’ especially migratory ones. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise where one can spot birds in their natural habitat. The soothing weather, swaying palms, mangrove trees, paddy farms and lagoons. Savor houseboat tours and pampering Ayurveda massages along with activities like sightseeing, canoeing and fishing.
Must-visit places: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal, Bay Island Driftwood Museum and Chavara Bhavan
Last but definitely not the least, Thekkady is one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala to be included in your itinerary. The Periyar National Park is the star attraction along with tea, coffee and spice plantations. Explore the lush greenery, stay at the jungle resorts of Periyar. Wildlife safaris in Periyar include exploring herds of elephants, tigers, langurs and the species of the animal. Thekkady also offers the chance to enjoy an array of rare Indian spices.
Must-visit places: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Lake.