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Top 15+ Best Tourist Places In Kerala Must Visit

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Top 15+ Best Tourist Places To Visit In Kerala

Kerala’s culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, have made the state one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. In 2012, National Geographic’s Traveller magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world and 50 must see destinations of a lifetime”.

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Travel and Leisure also described Kerala as “One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”.In 2012, it overtook the Taj Mahal to be the number one travel destination in Google’s search trends for India.

Kerala’s beaches, backwaters, lakes, mountain ranges, waterfalls, ancient ports, palaces, religious institutions and wildlife sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international tourists. The city of Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala.

If you are planning a vacation to Kerala in the vacation, here are the top places that you should not miss there. Kerala which is also termed as God’s own country is a beautiful place to visit right before the monsoon season sets in, This is because the state sees a huge amount of heavy rainfall due to which most of the tourist spots and the shops remain closed


Thrissur is the fourth largest city, the third largest urban agglomeration in Kerala and the 20th largest in India, place is surrounded by the scenic and the picturesque places where you can chill and click pictures to build memories. You can also visit the temples there and see the religion of local Kerala people. One of the very famous cultural events in Thrissur includes ‘Thrissur Pooram’, which is world famous and attracts quite a number of tourists and travellers.

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Palakkad is one of the 14 districts of the Indian state of Kerala. Also, it is the largest district in Kerala from 2006. The city of Palakkad is the district headquarters, first impression you will get when you enter the village will be that of a postcard. The surroundings are so beautiful that you can make postcards out of the pictures you clicked and send it to your loved ones. The district is nicknamed “the granary of Kerala” and “Rice bowl of Kerala”

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Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, It is home to herdsof elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Find a good bunch of animals living in the forest amongst the thick trees and lush green fields is a sight that you should never miss. Thekkady hosts a national park which is houses the rare bird species and the animal species which you cannot find elsewhere. You can also see the spices being grown in some part of the forest.

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Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram metropolitan area in Kerala, India, located around 18 km south of the city center, The place known for the quiet beaches along with the cleanliness and the various tourist attractions within the beach. You can visit the lighthouse and see how the water extends till you cannot see from the top. You can also visit the Jama Masjid and Rock Cut caves.

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Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state of Kerala. Another little piece of backwater hosted by the small village is a nice place to chill with the family amidst water. The houseboats are generally anchored here during the evening. The tourists can then visit the hamlet to explore and look at the village life of Kerala and experience the local cuisine too.

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Wayanad is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the municipality of Kalpetta. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100, The term Wayanad in English means the land of paddy fields. This means that you can find a lot of rice fields in this patch of the state. If you want to experience the local delicacies made by the people of Kerala out of rice, this is the right place to visit. The rice crop is also the livelihood of a major population in Kerala.

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It is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters can be booked. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon to the South.

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The place is known for the backwater that comes in from the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. There is a dam which is constructed which is also responsible for the backwaters. The backwaters are a good tourist spot because you can stay in a houseboat and experience the unique Kerala culture with the cuisine while watching the sunset and living in a houseboat for a day.


Munnar is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular honeymoon destination.One of the most beautiful hill stations in India, this is a perfect getaway for the newly wedded couples as well as the families who want a break from the mundane routine. The fresh air and the lush green areas make you believe in the term of God’s own country. You can also find the pure spices and tea which you can buy as souvenir and gifts for your loved ones.

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Vagamon is an Indian hill station town primarily located in Peerumade taluk of Idukki district and also Meenachil taluk and Kanjirappally taluk of Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India.The hill station is away from the city of Kerala and not really explored and known to the tourists too. The people who know Kerala well, only they can get their tourists to this beautiful hill station. It is quite an escape from the hustling and the bustling of the city.


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Bekal is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, The primary tourist attraction here is the Bekal fort. The fort has quite some history which you can learn from the local guides there. You can also sit at the beach and watch the sunset with our family and the loved ones.

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Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These Cenozoic sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, One of the most scenic seasides in the state, you can visit this tourist attraction during the time of the sunset. You can take a stroll on the beach while you watch the sunset. The beach is also clean and peaceful during the evening as not many people know about it. You can also see the local fishermen doing their work.

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The city lies about 360 km south west of Bangalore, 235 km south of Mangalore and 525 km south west of Chennai, city is also known as the commercial hub of the state. The city does not limit itself to the commerce of the country and the state but it is also known for the authentic Malabar cuisine that it has to offer. You can visit any local restaurants and experience the amazing taste of Malabar food.

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Kannur is the largest city of North Malabar region. Kannur is one of the million-plus urban agglomerations in India with a population, The place is a small town located alongside a coast. One of the primary reasons to visit this town is not a tourist attraction but you can witness and experience the local lifestyle of the people of Kerala.

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Kasaragod is a municipal town and the district headquarters of Kasaragod district of Kerala state in India. This is a coastal town, located away from the city in a quiet corner. The town hosts various tourist spots such as the Bekal fort and Madhur Temple.

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Kizhunna Beach

Kizhunna Beach 11 km from Kannur, is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala, One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy sunbathing and sipping on the coconut water while watching the children play and the fishermen fish in the sea. You can also do kayaking and paragliding while on the beach.

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Idukki is the second largest district in area but has the lowest population density. Idukki has a vast forest reserve area; more than a half of the district is covered by forests. The urban areas are densely populated whereas villages are sparsely populated. Idukki is also known as the spice garden of Kerala.

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The place which houses the world famous Periyar Bird Sanctuary has other side tourist attractions too. When in Kerala, visit the place to experience wilderness and witness the birds which you might not get to see in the other parts of the world.

Kavvayi Backwaters

Kavvayi is a group of small islands, near Payyannur in the Kannur district of Kerala state in India. The island is connected to Payyannur by a small bridge on the Kavvayi River. The population is mainly Muslim.There are a lot of backwaters in Kerala. These backwaters have a lot of houseboats where you can spend the day. However, in Kavvayi backwaters, what you can experience is the scenic beauty. You can also see a lot of migratory birds while you are on the houseboats.

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Munroe Island

Munroe Island is an inland island located at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River, in Kollam district, Kerala, South India. The island, accessible by road, rail and inland water navigation, is about 25 kilometres, The main tourist attraction here is the canal cruise that runs in the river Kallada. While on the cruise, you can see the rural landscape of Kerala and also cherish the local Malabar cuisine.

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Kuttanadu is historically important in the ancient history of South India and is the major rice producer in the state. Farmers of Kuttanad are famous for Biosaline Farming, One of the most beautiful towns in the state, you can see the other villages while on the way to Kuttanad and also see the huge agricultural fields that are used to grow rice mainly. The most peculiar part of this town is the Heritage Agricultural System of Kerala which is surrounded by canals

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Malappuram is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in Kerala state with a total population of 1,698,645. Malappuram is situated 54 km southeast of Calicut and 90 km northwest of Palghat, The name of the place translates to the land atop hills. If you want to spend some time in your hotel room and not do any touristy stuff, this is a good place to start with.

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