The Varkala beach is popular among international tourists for its un-crowded, pristine beach. You would love it too because it is a secluded beach just 51 kms from Thiruvananthapram. The brownish sands, the cliffs and the wide arc of the beach is unique and a sight to behold.
It is said that viewing a sunset at Varkala beach is especially breathtaking. The sky turns a red and yellow hue with shades of orange and gold. With the rocky cliffs on one side with coconut groves on it and the waves of the Arabian Sea on the other sight is majestic.
Kollam town in Southern Kerala is steeped in rich history. It is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered for its natural scenic locales, cultural treasures and majestic wonders of history and art. An ancient sea-port of yore, the city has imprints of ancient Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British. They all had their fill of spices, cashew and timber offered by the then Kingdoms.
Kollam is still renowned for the best hand-beaten cashew kernels in the world, fetching the most premium price in auctions.
Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination.
Guruvayoor is the most honoured sacred pilgrimage spot of Hindus in Kerala. Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is the main temple of Guruvayoor and the main idol is Lord Krishna, known as Guruvayoorappan. People from India and abroad visit this temple for worshipping and performing their offering. Thousands of devotees visit here every day. Many cultural/religious festivals and auspicious days are celebrated in this temple. The museum in the office annex building exhibits many rare offerings of devotees.
Wayanad the land of paddy fields is the most spectacular place in Malabar. This beautiful plateau is located 700 meters to 2100 meters above the sea level. This place is rich with many peaks, lakes, temples, caves, wild life sanctuary, dams and water falls. It is a favourite tourist location of nature lovers, trekkers and hikers. Its geographical features is apt for trekkers. And obviously, this is a land blessed with its mindblowing scenery and wonderful climate.
Kovalam, known as Paradise of the South is located in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. It is the most popular beach in Kerala and favourite tourist spot of westerners due to shallow water and low tidal waves. The leisure options like sea bathing, sun bathing, swimming, herbal body massages, cultural programmes and catamaran cruising make this beach exceptional. Kovalam beach is the combination of 3 beaches Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and and Samudra beach separated by rocky outcroppings. This beach shore is rich with coconut trees, adding more beauty to its ambience.
Alleppey – Kumarakom
Alleppey is known as Venice of the East. The traders from across the seas came here in search of spices. It is the land of backwaters and so is famous for backwater tourism. Houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. Annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, is a word famous entertaining event. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is another attracting point where we can see many species of migratory birds. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is a natural habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species. The people of here depend boat for transportation. It is a pleasant experience to ride through small canals with coconut trees and paddy fields on both sides. The picturesque skylines of Alleppey stays in ones mind forever.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary, an important tourist attraction in Kerala is located in Thekkady. The submerged trees in Periyar national park is an iconic view of Thekkady. The dense evergreen forests are home to many wild animals like elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. One can delight with elephant rides, boating, trekking and bird watching in Thekkady. This is the only sanctuary in India where we get the unique experience of viewing wildlife very closer and safer from boat. No words can express the thrill of watching wild animals playing in the lake so close by. It is the best tourist spot for nature lovers.
Munnar is a magnificent hill station in Kerala. Located at an altitude of 1600 feet above the sea level and at the gathering of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, it has been become a main tourist spot of Kerala because of its incomparable climatic conditions. This small town is situated on Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam. Munnar is rich with its tea grdens, spice plantations and pristine landscapes. Mild and pleasing climate throughout the year and misty mornings give an uncommon experience to the visitors. The temperature in December and January variesfrom 10 degree to 15 degree. Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetti, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal and Anayirangal are the other interesting tourist spots in Munnar.
Kochi The Queen of Arabian Sea is the major port city lying in the midst of Arabian Sea and Western Ghats. It was the prime centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries. The Arabs, Chinese, British, Portuguese and Dutch have left remarkable marks on the development of Kochi. Kochi is gifted with its various tourist spots like Fort Kochi, Jew synagogue & Jew town, Cherai beach, Hill palace museum, Dutch palace, Marine drive, Bolgatty palace, Vasco House and Santa Cruz Basilica. Being a seaside city, Kochi is known as the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala. Kochi harbour is one of the safe harbours on Indian ocean. Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi is a unique way of fishing. These nets are of 10 meters height and spreads about 20 meters over the water body. The exquisite beaches, backwaters and boating truly makes Kochi a main tourist destination.