The jewel of the south, Kerala, indeed is a melting pot offering a diverse plethora of experiences, cultures, cuisines, and destinations. The perception that Kerala is just beaches and coconut trees is far from the truth. The fiery Theyyam, Thalassery Biriyani, Calicut seafood in the north to rich heritages, waterfalls, the colonial Kochi, the mountain mists in the mid to the Cosmopolitans, temples, backwaters of the south, the Abode of the God is rich, beautiful, mystic, and awesomeness bundled into one.
The people of Kerala subconsciously live by the quote ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ and from time immemorial are welcoming tourists and travelers to immerse in their culture.
The labyrinthine of roads, cultures, and scenic nature will make your vacation into a life-changing and a beautiful experience.
The Districts Kasargod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode form beautiful Northern Kerala.Kasargod is famous for its Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Lake temple, Chandragiri Fort, the backwaters, while it’s neighbor Kannur is best known for its St. Angelo Fort, Museums, Thalassery Biriyani, and beautiful bays.
Towards the east of Kannur and Kasargod, the mystic mountainous Wayanad stands tall with all its beauty. Wayanad is celebrated for its dams, waterfalls, peaks, heart-shaped lake, tea and the hill aura it offers. The Romantic in you celebrates Wayanad.
The heart of Malabar, northern Kerala is indeed Kozhikode. Delve into the yesteryears where Vasco-Da-Gama first set foot in India. Malabari seafood cuisine is something your taste buds gonna remember eternally. If the flutters of the Aves piques your interest, you can visit Kadalundi Bird sanctuary.
Tirur a mediocre town was part of medieval times and the site of part of the first railroad laid by the British in Kerala. The 16th-century poet Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, who is considered to be the father of the Malayalam language literature, lived in the town. Thunchan Parambu in Tirur is highly venerated and its sand is believed to be sacred. The sand is used in Vidyāraṃbhaṃ, especially on Vijayadashami. The Garudan Kavu which is the only temple in India dedicated to Garuda, The Alathiyur Hanuman Kavu temple, Chamravattom Sastha Temple, Triprangode Siva temple, Vyrankodu Bhagavathi temple, Trikkandiyoor Siva Temple, The Puthiyangadi Mosque/Jaaram are in and around Tirur. Tirur also is famous for its ‘Lanka Pan’ yield and trading which has come down with time.
The districts Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Idukki enriches the central part of Kerala.
Palakkad is visited for its Malampuzha dam, fort, Dhoni Falls, and backwaters.
The Adjacent Thrissur is the cultural capital of Kerala. Thrissur is well known for its Temples especially the Vadakkunnathan Temple with its Holy Shiva shrine, Churches, And the Humongous, populous, pompous fair- The Pooram.
The commercial yet beautifully rustic district Ernakulam has a lot to offer for our fellow travelers. Kochi is the confluence of nativity and the west. Fort Kochi and Mattancherry host the Jewish Synagogue, Palace, Chinese Fishing nets, Cafes, shopping streets, Vypin islands, Brilliant Basilicas, The world-famous Kochi Biennale(if luck strikes and you are around Kochi during this Bi-annual art festival which is gonna give you a time of your life), very diverse cuisines. The influence of Chinese, Portuguese, Jewish is evident in the culture, architecture, and the lifestyle of Kochi.
Idukki is the jewel box of Kerala. Munnar, Anamudi in the north offers breathtaking views of the western ghats with the mountain mists filling up your hearts with beautiful tea, spice gardens are indeed the most visited places in Idukki. Rivers like Chaliyar, Periyar paint the whole district with lush green. Once in 12 years, the elusive Neelakurinji blooms on the slope of Munnar, which paints the whole scene into a surreal purple.
The districts Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram forms the south of Kerala.
Alappuzha is the defining destination which brings in the true spirit of Kerala. Cruising on the picturesque backwaters surrounded by lakeside churches, coconut grooves, floating markets is the best way to spend your holidays in tranquility. Alappuzha is the home of India’s Longest and Kerala’s largest freshwater which is an abode of some exotic birds.
Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are famous for their beautiful temples, churches, and mosques which will definitely fill you up with spirituality.
Kollam the home of the most visited backwater of Kerala, the Ashtamudi lake where you can take cozy boat rides. Kollam also homes some of the most beautiful beaches, forts, and lighthouses in Kerala.
Coming to the state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest cities of Kerala.
A city full of rich histories, richer temples, time-traveling machines like museums and palaces is a must visit in the South of Kerala. The Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the richest temples of India with the principal Deity Vishnu enshrined in the Ananthashayana(sleeping) position is a delight to the eyes and soul.
Every Town, district, and village in Kerala contains several worlds in its womb.
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Kerala is blessed with a good and pleasant weather throughout the year but the ideal time to visit Kerala is in the monsoons.
Kerala has the highest number of International airports in India providing Impeccable Air connection. Boarding a plane, Kerala is 2 hours from Kolkata, 1 hour from Bangalore, 3 hours from Mumbai and Delhi.
Kerala is well connected through rail as well. It is 37 hours from Kolkata, 9 hours from Bangalore, 43 hours from New Delhi, and 22 hours from Mumbai via train.
By road, Kerala is around 37 hours from Kolkata, 8 to 10 hours from Bangalore, 40 to 48 Hours from New Delhi.
The major airport in the North of Kerala is Kozhikode Airport and Mangalore Airport is the best option if you are visiting Kasargod.
The Cochin International Airport and Trivandrum Airport are best suitable if you want to visit exclusively Middle and South of Kerala.