Explore Kerala
Kerala
God’s Own Country

Kerala, one of the ten paradises of the world, rests on the Malabar Coast of South-Western India. It is a go-to spot for travellers, both domestic and international who wish to embrace nature in close proximity without hindering it. The location flaunts its mesmerising backwaters, unique and native cultures, traditions, and a diverse demography. With all its beauty, Kerala also made its place in the ‘50 Must Visit Places In A Lifetime’ by National Geographic.


Popular Cities:

  • Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum

  • Kozhikode

  • Kochi

  • Alappuzha

  • Thrissur

  • Kannur

  • Kollam

  • Munnar

Climate
The year-round climatic conditions in Kerala are pleasant with heavy but pleasant rainfall. The state does experience some harsh rainfall during the peak monsoons. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March, November to February being really pleasant for visiting the backwaters of the state when the temperatures range from 18-29 degree Celsius.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cool
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Humid
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a bustling commercial port city of Kerala. It boasts art galleries, some of the finest heritage accommodations, as well as pubs, shopping hubs, futuristic stores and fine restaurants. Visiting the amazing palaces, forts, temples and beaches during the day and enjoying a vibrant nightlife make Kochi an interesting city to explore. Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is adorned with Arabian Sea to the west and Wayanad hills on the east. Historic sites, lush green countryside, backwaters, waterfalls, and serene beaches make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination. Thrissur is famous for its sacred sites and colorful festivals. It has also fostered classical Keralan performing arts. Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is a perfect blend of rich heritage and a nostalgic colonial legacy. It's a swanky metropolis with a quaint urban charm. 


History & Heritage

Bekal Fort is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Built almost 

300 years ago, this fort still stands in its full glory and grandeur. Jewish Synagogue, also known as the Mattancherry Synagogue, in Old Cochin dates back to 1568. Its exquisite architecture and splendid interiors decorated with vintage lamps and glass chandeliers will steal your heart away. Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, is a Portuguese palace in Kochi. Standing against the backdrop of scintillating backwaters of Kerala, this palace is a stunning sight to behold. It also displays paraphernalia belonging to the royals of Kochi. Fort Kochi, Thalassery Fort in Kannur, St. Francis Church & Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum in Kochi, Krishnapuram Palace in Alappuzha, Edakkal Caves in Wayanad Kottukal Cave Temple in Kollam are some of the other prominent historical places to visit in Kerala.


Museums

Indo-Portugese Museum in Kochi, Ethnological Museum in Kozhikode, Arakkal Museum in Kannur, Keralam Museum & Kuthiramalika Museum in Thiruvananthapuram are other interesting museums in Kerala. Napier Museum in Trivandrum, Thakazhi Museum & Smriti Mandapam in Alappuzha, Archeological Museum in Thrissur and Natural History Museum in Thiruvananthapuram are famous for their exquisite collections. To know about the rich history and art of Kerala you must visit the Kerala Folklore & Cultural Museum in Kochi. 


Hill Stations

Nestled on the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, Wayanad is known to be one of the oldest inhabited regions in the country. Adorned by paddy fields and abundant greenery, Wayanad is all about mist and magic. Meenmutty Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, and Banasura Sagar Dam are prime attractions. Munnar is known for its exotic range of flora and fauna. Affectionately called as the 'Kashmir of South India', Munnar is a celestial beauty where clouds fly low filling the ambience with hues and wonderment. Top Station, Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, and Anamudi Peak are prime attractions of Munnar. Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Vythiri, Idukki, Peermedu, Charalkunnu, and Mattupetty are other beautiful hill stations of Kerala which will mesmerize you in their own novel ways. With a part of Western Ghats nestled in the state, these locations are some of the most exquisite hill stations, proud of their heavenly lakes and waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and the expansive coffee and tea plantations.


Backwaters

The palm-shaped Ashtamudi Lake, with its unique brackish-water aesthetic with various exotic avian species ambushes the three islands of Munroe, Chavara, and Thekkumbhagom. Wearing an exquisite necklace of lilies and lotuses, is the Vembanad Backwaters. The backwaters is like a beautiful boulevard which houses the great Port Cochin in the Willingdon Island. Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters is the most unexplored stretch of backwaters in Kerala. Esteemed as the 'Backwater Capital of India', Alappuzha is also a major centre proud of its backwater trips, and is also named as the ‘The Venice of East’. There are many other small streams and backwaters in Kerala with breath-taking experiences. With its heavenly waterfalls, Kerala does justice to the title ‘God’s Own Country’.


Waterfalls

The state is known for its serene and calm waterfalls that are a perfect retreat to the lap of nature. Adyanpara Waterfalls, Arippara Waterfalls, Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, Atukkad Waterfalls, Chethalayam Waterfalls, Athirappilly Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kalakkayam Waterfalls, Madammakkulam Waterfalls, Keezharkuthu Waterfalls, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Meenvallam Waterfalls, Mankayam Waterfalls, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Power House Waterfalls, Vellari Mall Waterfalls are some of the many waterfalls that form the shiny armour of Kerala.


Beaches

Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach, Marari Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Bekal Beach, Beypore Beach, Cherai Beach, Fort Kochi Beach, Kappad Beach, Kappil Beach, Kannur Beach, Payyoli Beach are some of the famous beaches that welcome vast waters onto the land. The beautiful coastline of Kerala, where the warm, palm-fringed land opens its arms to the cool Arabian Sea makes the beaches of Kerala a perfect get-away location to cool-off and enjoy the breeze rolling towards the beaches.


Wildlife

Kerala shows-off its exotic and native fauna with its intriguing views of wildlife in its wildlife sanctuaries. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Periyar National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some must-visit wildlife hotspots for all the wildlife enthusiasts. They show the vast variety of fauna and flora nestled within the state.


Temples/Places of Worship

Kerala with its rich heritage and culture also has some of the most beautiful pilgrim sites and temples. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Trivandrum, Sabarimala Sastha Temple in Pathanamthitta, and are some locations that are hotspots of travellers from all over the globe. Tali Temple & Lokanarkavu Temple in Kozhikode, Thirunelli Temple & Pallikunnu Church in Wayanad Valley, Sivagiri Temple in Varkala, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam, Santa Cruz Basilica & St. Francis Church in Kochi, and Arthunkal Church in Alappuzha are few of the many other gorgeous places of worship in Kerala. 



How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can cover a major chunk of Kerala in 10 to 12 days. For the best experience, starting from Kovalam, stay for a day exploring the topography and beaches. Be sure to climb the Lighthouse at the Lighthouse beach and visit the local dam, lakes ,and the famous Kovalam Fish Market. Your next stop would be the famous backwaters of Alappuzha to experience innate serenity in the calm waters for a day or two. Afterwards, head on to the bird sanctuaries and the rustic region of Kumarakom. Spend a day in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode exploring the beautiful temples and natural beauty of these cities. Spend a day in Wayanad to relax amidst abundant greenery. Continue your journey with a long-drive to Munnar, experiencing the wildlife, landscape and many other things along the way. Embrace the lofty hills and rich fauna of Munnar for a day or two. End your get-away at Cochin where you can experience the heritage, culture and the delicious native cuisine.


Cuisine
  • Kerala offers delicious and varied dishes with a plethora of herbs and spices. The native cuisine is globally popular for the rich use of exotic spices. The Malabar cuisine encompassing dishes like appam, irachi pathal, chatti pathiri, etc. are also quite famous. The famous Onam dishes are the golden crowns of Kerala’s cuisine. The native cuisine provides scrumptious delicacies for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Costs
  • Although the prices of meals vary from region to region, the average cost per meal in Kerala is INR 160.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 150. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 10 - 12 days

Known For
  • Hill Stations
  • Backwaters
  • Beaches
  • Temples
  • Forts
  • Culture
  • Waterfalls
Areas to Visit
  • Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Kerala
  • Beautiful Beaches along the Arabian Sea in the state
  • Mesmerising landscapes, hill stations and plantations in the Western Ghats region
  • Famous temples and centers of heritage and culture like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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