Thursday, 28 August 2014

Destinations in Kerala: A Walk in Paradise

The Fascinating Kerala Destinations
The pristine state of Kerala is referred as the ‘God’s Own Country’
due to its fascinating features captivating the tourists from across the world. With its towering coconut palms, enchanting wildlife, rich and vibrant cultures and traditions, peaceful backwaters, pleasant and appealing beaches, Kerala has placed itself among the top the top most attractions in the world. There are numerous destinations in this state which has the potential to mesmerize tourists from any corner of the world. Though it is quite tough to put in all these destinations in a particular article, here is a humble effort to list down some of the prominent destinations in Kerala.
Munnar which is also considered as the Kashmir of South is without any doubt one of the most scenic places in Kerala. The place is a gorgeous hill station, situated at a height of 1,600 m above sea level. As due to its location and pleasant climate, this hill station was considered as the summer resort during the British rule. The sight of lush green mountains dotted with flourishing tea and coffee plantations will drain away all your mental and physical pressures of your daily life. In addition to this the mist covered surroundings will give you a divine feeling. The surrounding mountains also adds colour to the beauty of this place. There is also something for adventurous enthusiasts as the place features charming waterfalls along with some trek adventures.  Other attractions of this place include the Indo Swiss Dairy Farm project, a lake and a dam.

If Munnar presents to you beauty with a touch of modernization, Wayanad is the place where you can experience the beauty of nature at its best, due to the absence of human interference. Here, one can witness the untouched God’s creation with the mountains, meandering lanes and dense forests. The Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, located at the centre of Wayanad, you will get to spot some wild inhabitants like the Indian elephant, spotted dear, bison in the natural surroundings, also that, rare animals like tiger and leopard can be spotted if you are lucky. The Edakkal caves situated in Wayanad also gives you glimpses of past with paintings that are some 4000 years old. The Bamboo forests offer you a perfect picnic spot. While trekking in Muthanga, Edakkal and Pakshipathalam will provide you a different experience. As regarding the comfortable accommodation with some added privacy, the resorts in Wythiri, provides you an ideal situation away from the craziness of the city life. Wayanad features other places of attraction like the Jain temple, Meenmutty waterfalls, Kuruva islands and the Soochipara waterfalls.
This destination should not be missed while on a trip to Kerala. One of the finest beaches in the state as well as in India, Kovalam, is just at a distance of half an hour ride from the city. One of the pristine beach and a popular pilgrimage centre, Varkala can also be easily reached by road. The only place in the whole of India, where you can view both sunrise and sunset, Kanyakumari, can also be visited from Trivandrum in just a two hour ride away. The city also holds historic significance, with the historical monument, Ananthapuri, located at the centre.

For the ones who are looking some retreat, Kumarakom is just the perfect place where you can enjoy peace and serenity. The place is situated close to Kuttanad which is also known as the Venice of the East, with its mangrove covered lagoons and luxurious houseboats, along with some mouth-watering foods of Kerala. Cruising through the tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom or enjoying an ayurvedic massage, Kumarakom offers you a perfect vacation. As various diverse species of birds flock at this place around the year, it has also emerged as a popular place for bird watching. The resorts of this place arrange many cultural programmes like Kathakali for the guests along with some delicious local dishes.


The place is popular among the tourists for its wildlife inhabitants and the beauty of nature to. Here, you will get a chance to spot a range of wildlife animals from the mighty Indian elephant to the Great Indian tiger, along with other animals like deer, boars, bisons and lion tailed macaques. Tourism department provides trekking facilities right into the heart of the forest either on foot or while enjoying an elephant ride. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then take the road from Moozhiyar to Thekkady via Gavi meandering through the dense forests of Kerala. One can also enjoy boating along the lake while watching numerous water birds at close range. This place is also pretty much renowned for its wildlife photography.


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