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Tourist Attractions in Kerala: Places to Visit in Kerala

There are numerous tourist attractions in Kerala if you are planning your holiday in “God’s own Country”. Kerala is located on the tropical southwestern coast of India.

One of the most popular tourist destinations, Kerala's art and architecture, Ayurveda and spa, beautiful hill stations with great natural beauty, palm-fringes backwaters, breathtakingly beautiful beaches and magnificent monuments and temples

Add to it the rich culture and tradition, abundant wildlife, world class hotels and gracious hospitality, it isn’t surprising that Kerala has been rated one of the 50 Places in the World to Visit in a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveller.

The most popular tourist attraction in Kerala is undoubtedly the port of Kochi (Cochin), where the state’s long history of peaceful foreign contact is evocatively evident in the atmospheric old quarters of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin.

In Kerala’s far south, the capital, Thiruvananthapuram, is gateway to the nearby palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, and provides visitors with varied opportunities to sample Kerala’s rich cultural and artistic life.

One of the best aspects of exploring Kerala, though, is the actual travelling – especially by boat, in the spellbinding Kuttanad region, around historic Kollam and Alleppey.

Cruisers and beautiful wooden barges known as kettuvallams (“traditional rice barge”) ply the backwaters, offering tourists a window on village life in India’s most densely populated state.

Furthermore, it’s easy to escape the heat of the lowlands by heading for the hills, which rise to 2695m. Roads pass through landscapes dotted with churches and temples, tea, coffee, spice and rubber plantations, and natural forests, en route to wildlife reserves such as Periyar, where herds of mud-caked elephants roam freely in vast tracts of jungle.

Some of the most populart tourist attractions in Kerala are:

Thiruvananthapuram: The capital of Kerala, was earlier called Trivandrum and is known for its mild climate. The Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple, the Sri Chitra Art gallery, palaces of the family of the Maharajas of Travancore, museums and the beautiful Kovalam beach not far away, make Trivandrum a pleasant destination.

Kochi: Known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea" Kochi (Cochin) is a busy port city, which is known for the Chinese fishing nets in its harbor, the Jewish synagogue, St Francis Church, the Dutch Palace at Matancherry, Fort Cochin and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Cochin harbor is also an attractive sight with ships, people and tourists coming together to ensure there's never a dull moment.

Kovalam Beach: Rated among the best beaches in the world, Kovalam beach is situated 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram. You can enjoy sunbathing on the sandy beach, or swimming in the Arabian Sea. There are also facilities for water sports such as surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and catamaran rides.

Backwaters: The backwaters of Kerala, are calm palm-fringed waterways that connect villages along the coast, particularly around Allapuzha. You can enjoy a cruise on a traditional houseboat or Kettuvallom into a serene world of quiet water and greenery interrupted only by the sound of rippling water and birdcalls.

Alappuzha: Some of the most scenic kerala backwaters are to be seen near this town of the coast of Kerala, India. Allapuzha is the venue for the annual snake boat races held during the Onam festival, where teams compete for the Nehru Gold Cup. The event is a popular tourist attraction where crowds gather to cheer their favorite teams.

Kumarakom: This group of islands in Vembanad Lake is an out of this world destination. The beauty of the swaying palm trees, green paddy fields, waterways and the sound of birdsong from the nearby bird sanctuary at Kumarakom, truly unforgettable.

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