A tropical landscape of sweeping beaches, shimmering backwaters and silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets have contributed to the gradual increase in the popularity of Kerala tourism. Stretching for 550 km along the Malabar coast, Kerala state is a holiday haven.
Allapuzha and Alleppey is probably where your calendar backwaters photo from Kerala was shot or the ones you’ve seen in the Kerala Tourism ads. It’s the destination most travellers anticipate. The panoramic photos of wooden houseboats floating calmly on the blue waterways framed by swinging palm trees in the background is quite an accurate picture of Alleppey. If you have been dreaming about the surreal backwaters of Kerala, Alleppey is your fantasy land.
Thekkady is alluring for its wildlife and its plantations. Most famously known to house Elephants, this small, yet highly significant town is also home to large spice plantations. No sane traveller, looking to find the heart of Kerala will skip this place from his Kerala Tourist Places list. Thekkady brings it closer to the natural culture of Kerala, quite literally to its wild side.
The art hub of Kerala and by an extension the rest of the south, Kochi is where culture epitomizes vibrant colours and spreads itself across the canvas. This port town reminds you of a fishing village from any Indian novel and holds the intimacy of a rural setting juxtaposed against the vibrancy of its urban centers. It hosts the Biennale annually to display works of new and known artists. You can get it all in Kochi.
Thrissur is unofficially accepted as the cultural capital of Kerala. Host to a number of festivals, in Thrissur there's always something to celebrate. Also caller Trichur, here is where the local culture comes alive on your Kerala Itinerary. The annual Elephant Festival, Pooram is what actually puts this little district on the country map. A mix of extravagant temples and churches lace the streets of this town and there's never a thing to be missed here.