5 cities of Kerala that you cannot miss

November 12, 2014
“Kerala, God’s Own Country – The Land of Beauty and Wonders!“

Kerala often called ‘God’s own country’ has numerous experiences and is indeed a paradise on earth. It has everything - temples, hill stations, hiking locations, national parks, Ayurvedic spas, backwaters, virgin beaches, traditional arts, tea, and coffee plantations.

Kerala is ranked as India’s one of the top destinations for honeymooners. Its exotic resorts, luxurious spas, sprawling tea and coffee plantations, and evergreen hill stations make it a perfect destination for an ultimate experience. When choosing our Kerala tour packages, here is what you can expect to see.

Munnar

Munnar

At the confluence of rivers Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala lie Munnar, the erstwhile summer resort of the British Government. Hence, the place came to be known as Munnar literally meaning ‘three rivers.

Must-see: Eravikulam National Park (known for Nilgiri Tahr), Anamudi Peak (highest peak in South India), Top Station (highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road), and Tata Tea Museum.

Nearest railway station: Aluva railway station is about 108 km away while Angamaly railway station is about 109 km from Munnar.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is 108 km away via Aluva-Munnar road.

Thekkady

Thekkady

Located near the Tamil Nadu border, Thekkady is a hill station that was named after the word ‘thekku’ which means 'teak'. Thekkady is an evergreen sojourn that is home to a variety of birds, animals, flowers, spices, and waterfalls.

Must-see: Periyar National Park, Murikkady (spices and coffee plantations), waterfalls of Chellar Kovli, Mangala Devi Temple, boating and bamboo rafting through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nearest railway station: Thekkady is 114 km away from Kottayam railway station.

Nearest airport: Madurai Airport is about 140 km away while Cochin International Airport is about 190 km away.

Kovalam

Kovalam

A beach town nestled between three adjacent beaches, Kovalam has a beautiful chain of coconut trees. Kovalam essentially means a grove of coconut trees. Popular as a hippie destination, it is famous among foreigners for its clean secluded beaches, sunbathing, yoga activities, herbal and Ayurvedic spas.

Must-see: Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach, Samudra beach, Chowara beach, and fishing hamlet. A day’s excursion to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s capital, can be done to cover important places like Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and other key locations.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central is about 16 km away.

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is about 10 km away.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha

Formerly known as Alleppey, it is one of the most famous tourist destinations for its alluring backwaters. Perfect for a honeymoon in Kerala, a houseboat stay is ideal for a romantic experience on the pristine backwaters. Alappuzha is all about boat races, amazing seafood, and beaches. No wonder it is called the 'Venice of the East.

Must-see: Snake boat races, Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple, St. Andrew's Basilica, Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, and paddy fields in Kuttanad.

Nearest railway station: Alappuzha railway station is the nearest railway station.

Nearest airport: About 85 km from Alappuzha town is the Cochin International Airport.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

National Geographic magazine has listed Kumarakom as one of the must-see places in the world. Kumarakom is home to several migratory birds, mangrove forests, a necklace formed by coconut palms, houseboats, and temples.

Must-see: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, 14 Sarpa Kavus, shell mining activities at the backwaters, Vembanadu-Kol Wetland regions, and Bay Island Driftwood Museum.

Nearest railway station: Kumarakom is about 13 km from Kottayam railway station.

Nearest airport: Kumarakom is about 94 km away from Cochin International Airport.

Check out our Kerala honeymoon package that includes the best of Kerala for a memorable honeymoon to this beautiful place.

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