Places to Visit in Kerala

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kerala, India

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Enchanting scenic views in the country, including the lush vegetation and backwaters. But when it showers, the place becomes even greener and the water bodies swell. This is an amazing time to spend in Kerala.

Kerala, India or also known as “God’s Own Country” is located in the South of India and is known for its food, culture, and beautiful backwaters.

While there are some other incredible places in India to chase monsoon but Kerala beats them all.

Basic facts about Kerala

  • State Capital City? Thiruvananthapuram
  • Currency? Indian Rupee
  • Language(s)? Malayalam
  • Where is this country located? South of India
  • What is Kerala famous for? The Backwaters, tea plantations, spices, cuisine, and sceneries
  • Best time to visit Kerala and seasons? September to March
  • Transportation in Kerala? Buses, trains, ferries, rickshaws, and by flying
  • International Airport(s)? Cochin International Airport (COK), Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Which side of the road do they drive? Left-hand side
  • What is the electricity plug type? Type C, D, and M. 230V. Read our travel adapter review!
  • Other places to visit in India? Agra, Leh Ladakh, Goa, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Gulmarg, Jammu, Kashmir, Hampi, and Uttarakhand

Basic Tips for Trip to Kerala, India

How to get to Kerala from around the world?

Coming from Finland, flights to Kerala from Helsinki was long and tiring as I had two stopovers (one in Germany and another in Abu Dhabi for both journey) and it took me roughly about 11-12 hours to travel half-way across the globe which is not so bad plus I’m used to long-haul flights, anyways.

Regardless, my flight cost me only 600EUR or 700USD which was reimbursed by Kerala Tourism but other bloggers spent less or more. You can check my trick on how to find cheap flights everywhere with simple instructions, click here.

On the other hand, if you’re traveling from other corners in the world, most layovers to India is in Abu Dhabi or Dubai so if you’re planning to visit Kerala, try to look for flights to U.A.E as flights from Abu Dhabi (or Dubai) to Kerala is always cheap – that, or fly to New Delhi or Mumbai and take a domestic flight to Kerala.

Depending on where you are coming from, there are flights from certain countries that offer direct flights to main cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai and domestic flights cost between 20-60 USD so that’s another way for you to get to Kerala cheaply.

Also, if you’re coming from Asian countries, flights from Singapore to Kerala, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta, for instance, are relatively cheap. Singapore Airlines fly to different parts of India often so you won’t have a hard time getting your way to Kerala from other Asian countries!

You can find cheap flights using Momondo or Skyscanner and I’m sure you’ll find a great deal. Kerala is beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough!

Do you need vaccines prior to visiting Kerala or India?

Glad you asked because yes, you do! This is applicable to all travelers who are planning to visit India and you must take these vaccines in your country of residence and prior to your travels. That said, I didn’t take the shots when I went to India and that’s because I’ve had them a few years ago when I went to visit the Philippines.

According to CDC, most travelers should have their routine vaccine shots anyways if you plan to travel abroad and usually, these vaccines are the following: MMR (measles), Tetanus shots, Chickenpox vaccine, Polio vaccine, and Flu Vaccine (never had this last one and never will).

Since India is a third-world country, you would also need Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Cholera, and Hepatitis B shots. You can carry Malaria pills with you and check this map to see which part of India has the highest risk of Malaria epidemic. Kerala has low to no risk so I didn’t take the shot nor brought any Malaria pills with me (but you should!).

That said, I personally think that routine vaccination is the most important of all and if you’re an avid traveler, you should get them. But then again, this is my personal opinion and you must check with your local doctor for advice on this!

Kerala Famous Facts to Know Before Visiting

  • Kerala is home to two famous classical dance forms – Kathakali and Mohiniyattam.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recognizes this southern Indian state as a ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site’.
  • National Geographic gave Kerala the title of ‘One of Ten Paradises of the World’ because of the state’s charismatic natural beauty and rich culture.
  • Kerala has earned itself the moniker of ‘Home of Ayurveda’.
  • Kerala was the first place in the world where a communist government was democratically elected. This happened back in 1957.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Kerala during monsoon:

  • Ashtamudi Lake – For Homestays And Houseboats
  • Alappuzha – Synonymous With Backwaters
  • Thekaddy – The Forest Comes Alive In Monsoon
  • Kumarakom – Gem Among The Monsoon Destinations
  • Munnar – The Tea Plantation Heaven
  • Wayanad – For Its Scintillating Waterfalls
  • Kovalam – An Iconic Beach Destination
  • Bekal – Coastline Guarded By A Fort
  • Varkala – A Hamlet Full Of Peace
  • Mararikulam – Treasure In The Heart Of Alleppey

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1. Ashtamudi Lake – For Homestays And Houseboats

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Ashtamudi lake, called so because of its 8 arms or channels, famous for its lovely homestays and houseboats is one of the most pristine places to visit in Kerala during monsoons. Sit by the banks under coconut, eat fresh catch and pamper yourself with soothing Ayurvedic massages.

Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 2 km.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 70 km.
Nearest places to visit: Thekkan Guruvayoor Temple, Thevalli Palace, Neendakara Port, Adventure Park.

2. Alappuzha – Synonymous With Backwaters

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A charming place, Alappuzha is one of the must-visit places in Kerala during monsoon season. Green shores throbbing with vigour and pure beauty will never tire you. The famous snake boat race, an annual event organized here around the first week of August, is a visual delight.

Nearest railway station: Alappuzha.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
Nearest places to visit: Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal.

3. Thekaddy – The Forest Comes Alive In Monsoon

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Another gem of Kerala, Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. And what better time than this to add Thekkady to your list of places to visit in Kerala during monsoons? Enjoy the trip with Bamboo Rafting and Jungle Night Patrol. It is one of the top places to visit in Kerala in monsoon.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station, about 68 km away.
Nearest airport: Madurai, about 140 km and Cochin International Airport, about 190 km.
Nearest places to visit: Periyar National Park, Suruli Falls, Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple, Mullaperiyar Dam.

4. Kumarakom – Gem Among The Monsoon Destinations

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An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Often referred to as “one of the 10 paradises on Earth”, Kumarakom turns into a heaven, and has had its attractions advertised by some stunning top-end resorts by the side of Lake Vembanad.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 13 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 94 km.
Nearest places to visit: Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramnal, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Mango Meadows Agricultural Theme Park.

5. Munnar – The Tea Plantation Heaven

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To start with, you can go for lovely walks in the mist-covered tea estates or plan a trip to the famous Attukad Falls, which becomes a roaring cascade during monsoons. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which is an ideal spot for trekking. The lush greenery of Munnar makes it one of the best places to visit in Kerala in monsoon.

Nearest railway station: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km.
Nearest places to visit: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, Tea Museum.

6. Wayanad – For Its Scintillating Waterfalls

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Wayanad would be one of the most exciting and romantic places to visit in Kerala during monsoons as it has the perfect treehouses tucked away amidst jungle to enjoy the drizzling weather. Treat yourself to some amazing valley views, bathe under waterfalls, go for long walks in the rain-kissed tea and coffee plantations or enjoy a memorable stay in the treehouses here and trek in the mountains!

Nearest railway station: Calicut Railway Station is 62 km away.
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport is about 65 km away.
Nearest places to visit: Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruvadweep.

7. Kovalam – An Iconic Beach Destination

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This place is popular among the best tourist places in Kerala during the rainy season. One of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala to visit during monsoon. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, and catamaran cruising are some of them.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 16 km.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 10 km.
Nearest places to visit: Samudra Beach Park, The Tibetan Gallery, Halcyon Castle, Light House Beach Road.

8. Bekal – Coastline Guarded By A Fort

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Bekal Fort is one of the popular tourist places to visit in monsoon in Kerala as it offers a perfect spot to watch the rain. Bekal is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. A beautiful walkway has been laid for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastline and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort.

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
Nearest airport: Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod town; Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod town.
Nearest places to visit: Bekal Fort, Bekkal Beach, Kappil Beach, Chandragiri Fort.

9. Varkala – A Hamlet Full Of Peace

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Beaches become the best tourist places in Kerala during monsoon. Set on the shimmering shores of the Arabian Sea, Varkala is a coastal paradise that is lined by breezy palm trees and is encircled by red cliffs. Home to the famous Papanasam Beach, it is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in August for those who’re looking forward to nothing but all the peace and quiet.

Nearest railway station: The city has its own railway station by the name of Varkala Sivagiri railway station.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International airport is located just 39 km away from the city center.
Nearest places to visit: Varkala Beach, Sivagiri Mutt Trivandrum, Varkala Cliff.

10. Mararikulam – Treasure In The Heart Of Alleppey

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Located in the heart of the ever-famous backwater paradise of Alleppey, Mararikulam still remains a lesser-known gem that is yet to be explored to its fullest potential. One of the most scenic places to enjoy the charm of Kerala monsoon, do not miss out on exploring this breathtaking beach village in case you plan on visiting Kerala in July.

Nearest railway station: Mararikulam railway station.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Mararikulam located at a distance of 75 km.
Nearest places to visit: Marari Beach, Pathiramanl Lake, International Coir Museum, St. Andrew’s Basilica Church Arthungal.

Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Kerala During Monsoon

Q. Which are the best places to visit in Kerala in Summer?

A. MunnarWayanad, and Periyar are among the top places to visit in Kerala in Summer. Since Munnar and Wayanad are hill-stations, the climate in these regions is very pleasant, allowing comfortable sightseeing and activities for travelers. On the other hand, Periyar Tiger Reserve is best visited during the summer season since this is the time when there are fair chances for tiger spotting.

Q. What are the places to visit in Kerala with family?

A. KochiThekkady, and Alleppey are among the best places to visit in Kerala with family. Kochi being a major city in Kerala has easy availability of many facilities such as kid-friendly hotels, and sights like Chinese Nets and Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary keep them entertained. Thekkady, or Periyar will open an amusing world of wildlife which is enjoyed by both children and parents. And Alleppey is one of the best places in Kerala for houseboat rides, even with family.

Q. What are the best places to visit in Kerala during March?

A. Most parts of Kerala like AlleppeyPeriyar, and Munnar are best visited in the month of March. This is the time when the temperatures are moderate, and the weather is pleasant enough for indulging in sightseeing and activities.

Q. How many days do you need to stay in Kerala?

A. Kerala is a vast destination and you would need at least 6 days to explore it properly.

Q. What are the best places to visit in India during August?

Some of the best places to visit in India during August include:

  • Munnar
  • Lonavala
  • Kodaikanal
  • Andaman
  • Lahaul
  • Mahabaleshwar

Conclusion

It is not really possible to list all the places to visit in Kerala. Kerala alone dictates a month-long tour if every hidden gem is to be discovered. But, if time and budget pose serious constraints, those listed here will give the real taste of Kerala’s diversity.