Places in Kerala: Kerala is a land abundant with long shorelines with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of enchanting backwaters, hill tops covered in blankets of green, exotic wildlife, bewitching waterfalls, sprawling plantations, lush paddy fields and a zillion other alluring beauties of nature coupled with rich culture and heritage making it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world .

The culinary extravaganza adds all the more reason to make the “God’s Own Country” an integral part of the itinerary. Just like the diversification in cuisine, this land promises a variety in terms of experience in excitement, serenity and spiritual healing.

Words fall short in describing the natural splendor of Kerala that are worth visiting, but here are the six locations that sit right on top amongst the most remarkable locations to be visited in Kerala.

Alappuzha

The first best place in Kerala the you would definitely want to set foot in is Alleppey or Alappuzha. Get ready to be mesmerized by the land where tranquility marries sheer excitement. Christened as “The Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon, the then viceroy of India during the 20th century, Alleppey holds an intricate network of waterways flanked by blankets of green, that host some of the most celebrated adrenalin pumping traditional boat races. Parallelly, it is also renowned for the serene and laid-back cruises in the famous “Kettuvallams” or the houseboats equipped with all the modern amenities through the enchanting backwaters.

Major attractions in Alleppey include the Krishnapuram Palace,Alleppey Beach, Ambalapuzha, Karumadi, Punnapra, Pathiramanal and Kuttanahttp://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/post/98540315929/places-to-visit-in-alleppeyd(Also read : https://backwaterbreaks.blog/alleppey/places-to-visit-in-alleppey/

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A houseboat cruise through the serene backwaters

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Alleppey hosts number of adrenaline pumping traditional boat races

Fort Kochi

The region, born in 1341, when a flood created a natural safe port that swiftly replaced Muziris (Kodungalloor,50 km north) as the chief harbour on the Malabar coastline is a city that speaks history in its every nook and corner. The European involvement in Kochi began as early as the 1500s with the Portuguese, Dutch and British competing to control the port and its lucrative spice trade. In the 1920s, the British expanded the port by extensive dredging creating the Willington Island, between Ernakulam and Fort Kochi.

The city showcases its tryst with the European cultures through the presence of Portuguese built houses, Churches, villas and other buildings of Indo European architecture as well as the Jewish settlements of Mattancherry that houses the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace that is over 400 years old. Some of the major attractions consist of the Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi Beach and the Jewish Synagogue. Read more:  https://backwaterbreaks.blog/travel-destinations/places-travel-kochi/

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Chinese fishnet in Fort Cochin

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Wayanad

Of the places in Kerala, Wayanad is on the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, with the majestic Western Ghats with lofty ridges scattered with dense forests, intertwined jungles and deep valleys lies the spectacular district of Wayanad. It is the only district in Kerala that shares borders with both the neighboring states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Wayanad is a haven for adventurers as well as others who wish to get engulfed in nature’s magnificence at its peak.

Known to have had a civilization dating as far back as 3000 B.C, Wayanad boasts of unsurpassable beauty with it major attractions such as the Edakkal Caves, the Chembra peak, kuruva islands, Lakkidi, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja tomb, Pookot lake, Sentinel Rock waterfalls, kanthanpara water falls, soochippara waterfalls and Banasura Sagar dam. Read More: https://backwaterbreaks.blog/kerala-tourism/visiting-wayanad-the-land-of-plush-greenery-and/

Munnar

Munnar marks the convergence of the three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala at about 1,600 m above the sea level. It is an epitome of awe striking beauty with its vast expanse of tea plantations, fairytale like towns, narrow zigzag lanes, misty hills and bright exotic flowers. Mountain biking and trekking are two of the favorite activities people love to take up in this part of the land. Towering over 2695 m in Munnar is also the highest peak in South India called the Anamudi. Some of the other major attractions of this breathtaking location are the Cheeyapara waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Anayirangal, Pallivasal, Mattupetty, tea museums and so on. At about 42km away from Munnar is the well-known Sandalwood factory and forests which is also a place worth paying a visit to.

The view of this splendid location is sufficient to appreciate why the British favorited it as their summer resort.

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Munnar is an epitome of awe striking beauty with its vast expanse of tea plantations

Kannur

Bounded by the Western Ghats in the east and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west, Kannur or the erstwhile Cannanore is the largest city of the North Malabar region on the Arabian Sea. The former Cannanore carried on important trade with Persia (Iran) and Arabia in the 12th and 13th centuries and remained the capital of the raja of Kolathiri till the 18th century. The year 1498 saw the beginning of the Portuguese influence over the state with the arrival of Vasco Da Gama into Kozhikode lying south of Kannur.

Put under the influence of varying powers over history, Kannur is a land rich in culture and architectures that speak volumes about the heritage that it has derived over centuries thriving under different rulers in addition to its natural beaches, hill stations, backwaters etc.

Known as the “The Land of the looms and lore”, Kannur enjoys the credit of being a major exporter of handlooms as well as being the cradle of many colorful folk arts and folk music of Kerala.

Some of the major attractions here include the Arakkal Museum, Bekal fort, Dharmadam Island, Ezhimala, Kerala Folklore Academy, Madayi Para, Muzhappilangad drive in beach, Overbury’s Folly, Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, Payyambalam beach, Paithalmala, Kannur Fort, Thalassery Fort, Kavvayi Backwaters, Mahe and so on.

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A traditional style sea facing cottage in Kannur

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Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city and the political nerve of Kerala, is located at the south west tip of India bound by the Arabian Sea in the west and Tamil Nadu in the east and is a must must visit  among the several places top places in Kerala.

Branded the ‘Evergreen city of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, Thiruvananthapuram comprises beautiful beaches, long stretches of palm fringed shorelines, calm backwaters and historical structures. Having derived its name from the great Lord Vishnu, this city, besides its natural and historical significance, is also popular for its ancient temples renowned for their architecture with the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple being one of the most prominent attractions.

The must visit locations in this beautiful city includes the Pazhavangadi Ganapathy temple, Poovar Island, Attukal Bhagavathy temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Agastya Mala, Kovalam Beach, Puthenmalika Palace, Chowara beach, Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Sree Parasurama Temple, Napier Art Museum and Gallery, Karikkakom Chamunda Devi Temple, Varkala Beach, Elephant Rehabilitation Center, Veli tourist Village and so on.

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