Kerala, in other words God’s own country, is known to be amongst India’s more serene and scenic locations. The coastal trip is contoured by a stratified landscape, which includes kilometers of beaches and coast of the Arabian Sea, a lax artery of glistening backwaters; as well as spice and tea covered hills of the Western Ghats.
Kerala is truly the land of unexplored opportunities and offers just the right setting for a weekend trip. Below, are a few destinations one must set foot in Kerala-
A popular destination for honeymooners, Munnar is the ideal escape for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily life. The town’s natural beauty is intact almost as if it is a place untouched, unheard of. The magical landscape comprises of mist-covered hills, tea estates and stunning waterfalls. Other places you can discover include the Eravikulam National Park, spice plantations and a tea museum.
When booking a stay at a hotel in Kerala, do include Thekkady in your list of places to visit. In fact, Thekkady makes for a great base to explore other nearby locations like Murikkady and Kumily, known for their spice plantations. However, what Thekkady is famous for is the Periyar National Park. Amongst India’s well-known tiger reserves, the Park is surrounded by the breath-taking site of lush green forests. In addition to this, the Park houses an artificial lake where one has the opportunity to cruise on its sparkling waters and spot wildlife drinking from the lake. Elephants are a common sight, along with deers, gaurs and langurs that inhabit the protected area.
Wish to dip your toes in the warm white-sand beaches or long for a quick swim in desolate waters? Head to The LaLiT Resort and Spa Bekal to experience the same. The property is surrounded by the river Nombili and comprises of a stunning internal lagoon overlooking the beach. What more could one possible ask for? A visit to the Bekal Fort is a must while you’re in the city. The Fort is the largest in Kerala and is spread over 40 acres. The massive monument provides beautiful views of the sea and is also a Bollywood approved location! Alternatively, for a slice of serenity, visit the Kappil beach located close to the resort.
Explore the rich past of the historical port city through forts, palaces and museums, all part of the city’s makeup. The port city was once a flourishing hub for the spice trade. At the seafront, one can see the famed fishing nets from China. Located in the interiors of the city, the Pardesi Synagogue is a must-visit. The 400-year-old Jewish synagogue is regarded as the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. You’ll also stumble upon numerous age-old temples and mosques in the city. While you’re in Kochi, make sure you try the delectable local cuisine at a Kerala restaurant.
Not heard of Kannur before? Well, that is exactly why it should be on your list. The quiet coastal city is the place to be if you wish for a serene and laidback vacation. Additionally, the beach resorts found here are beautiful and well equipped and surprisingly offer rooms at a budget price. When you do wish for a break from your indolent days spent at your hotel, a trip to the St. Angelo Fort, Payyambalam Beach, and Arakkal Museum should keep you entertained.
There is a reason why Kerala is known as God’s own country and by visiting these locations you will come to realise the meaning behind the phrase!