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From the traditional houseboats to spice and tea plantations, pristine backwaters to swaying rides on caparisoned elephants, Kerala Tourism leaves you spellbound. You just can’t get enough of its greenery and serenity, especially in one glance. With the rolling waves of the Arabian Sea in the west and the soaring Western Ghats in the east, this destination basks in the glory of being a unique topographical feature. It is fringed by the shimmery Malabar Coastline and finds its location on the south-western corner of India.

Following are the main tourist attractions of Kerala

 

Beaches

The long shiny coastlines, glittering water and cheerful sunny morning make Kerala beaches simply inescapable. They occupy mostly the southern part of the state, stretching along 550km of the Arabian Sea. The swaying coconut trees dotted along the coast, add to the beauty of the foaming waves. Few of the famous Kerala beaches include Alappuzha, Varkala, Bekal, Cherai, Beypore, Chavakkad, Chowwara, Kappil, Kappad, Kolavipalam and Kizhunna Tour to Kerala Beaches for walks along the long shore, relaxing sunbath, surfing and healing Ayurveda massages. The tranquil beaches also boast of few elegant and luxurious resorts in the country. Tourists can engage themselves in water sports activities like parasailing, waterskiing, swimming, surfing and water scooter ride. You can also spot architectural monuments embracing these beaches, like the Bekal Beach is famous for its artistic and magnificent Bekal Fort. Even the art lovers can enjoy quality time by watching sand art designs at several beaches.

 

Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters are a mesh of brackish lagoons running parallel to the Malabar Coast. They are a labyrinth of interconnected canals, streams, lakes and rivulets. An enchanting ride from Kollam to Alappuzha on the traditional Kettuvallam brings out the true essence of the Kerala Holiday Packages. Some of the famous backwater destinations are Kollam, Paravur, Munroe Island, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Alleppey and Kuttanad. Though, mostly these spots are calm and serene, the view is quite different during Kerala Boat Race festivals. You can spot hundreds of boatmen rowing a wooden barge rhythmically.

 

Ayurveda

Kerala Ayurveda Tour is a much wanted break from the daily monotonous life of the city. It not only relaxes the body but also rejuvenates your soul and mind. Ayurveda comes from two words, 'Ayur' and 'Veda' meaning the ‘science of life.’ Known for their curative powers, these Kerala Ayurveda packages are widely preferred by both local and foreign tourists. The practise believes in a healthy way of living by preventing diseases. It tries to eliminate the root cause of any ailment. Rich and exotic herbs are used in preparing the concoctions. The Ayurvedic treatment has been proved effective in curing problems like arthritis, digestive disorders, skin ailments and eye-diseases.

 

Shopping in Kerala

Give a nice bookend to your trip to Kerala with some shopping. Stuff your travel kitty with great quality of spices, cashews, tea, coffee, coir products, handicrafts and crunchy banana chips. You can also purchase Kasavu Mundu- the traditional handmade cotton sari with a golden border. Kathakali masks and sea-shells are good souvenirs to carry back home.

 

How to Reach Air:

Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi have the two international airports which connect the state to almost all the major cities in abroad and India. Rail: Direct trains run from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. Road: National Highways 17 and 47 connect the state to almost every corner of the country. So, what are you waiting for? Opt for Kerala Tourism today and explore a new, unique and special way of exploring India’s captivating state.

Following are the famous wildlife parks in Kerala

 

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
It was established in 1984 and is located about 60 km away from Kannur district. Spread over 55 sq km of undulated land of the Western Ghats, it lies in the northern most part of the state. Katti Betta is highest peak in the sanctuary with a height of 1145m. Park is covered with semi-evergreen and tropical forests and shelters a large variety of flora and fauna. You can spot Elephant, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, grey langur and Malabar giant squirrel.

 

Eravikulam National Park
Located nearly 15 km away from Munnar, this park occupies an area of about 97 sq km in the Kannan Devan hills of the Western Ghats. It was declared a sanctuary in 1975. The sanctuary is sectioned into 3 zones - core part, buffer part and the tourism part called Rajamalai. Tourists are permitted only till Rajamalai. The animals spotted in the park are Nilgiri tahr, gaur, Nilgiri Marten, ruddy mongoose, wild dog, sambar deer, leopard and tiger. More than 130 species of birds inhabit the park. Nilgiri pipit, black-and-orange flycatcher and Kerala laughing thrush are some of the commonly seen birds. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Idukki district and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Kerala. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1976. It covers an area of about 77 sq km and sits between the Cheruthoni River and the Periyar River. Vanjur Medu is the highest peak with a height of 1272 m. Elephants, bisons, deers, jungle cats, wild boars, tigers, etc are seen here along with the large variety of snake species like various species cobra, viper and krait. Birds include Malabar grey hornbills, woodpeckers, bulbuls, grey jungle fowls etc. This sanctuary lies close to the famous Idukki Arch Dam.

 

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary falls in the Thekkady region of Idukki district. It is spread over an area of 777 sq km and is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. The sanctuary enjoys the added scenic beauty of the Periyar Lake situated nearby. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1950. Around 30 species of mammals live in this park. Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, sambar, gaur, sloth bear, wild pig, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque and stripe-necked mongoose are some commonly seen species in the park. Apart from these, 265 types of birds and 45 kinds of reptiles are also kept in the sanctuary.

 

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Sited about 60km away from Munnar, Chinnar is home to the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel. They are left only 240 in numbers. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1984 and receives rainfall of less than 2 months annually. An expansive sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction of Chinnar. The park shelters more than 30 species of mammals including tigers, gaurs, common langurs, threatened Rusty-spotted cats and Indian elephants. It has nearly 50 species of reptiles including the largest population of endangered Mugger crocodile in Kerala. Wildlife is best enjoyed in real than on watching them on television. So, book for Kerala Wildlife Tour and experience the true wilderness.

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