Welcome to Kerala, the picturesque paradise nestled in the southwestern corner of India. With its lush landscapes, serene backwaters, vibrant culture, and rich history, Kerala has earned its reputation as “God’s Own Country.” Here are few of my best places to visit in Kerala. From Tea plantations to surfing beaches, there are many places this enchanting state has to offer.

Munnar – The Tea Gardens’ Symphony

Our journey begins in Munnar, a haven for nature lovers. The rolling hills adorned with verdant tea plantations create a breathtaking panorama. Stroll through the tea gardens, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and witness the meticulous process of tea production. Don’t miss the Mattupetty Dam and Anamudi Peak, the highest point in South India, offering spectacular views. The Eravikulam National Park is also a great place to walk and spot the Nilgiri tahr.

Cochin – Where History Meets Modernity

Steeped in history, Cochin, or Kochi, is a captivating blend of ancient charm and modern vibrancy. Explore the Fort Kochi area with its colonial architecture, visit the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, and stroll through Jew Town with its centuries-old synagogue. Don’t forget to catch a Kathakali dance performance, a traditional art form of Kerala. And don’t forget to eat at one of the many restaurants and sample some delicious sadya or fish

Alleppey – A Sail through the Backwaters

No visit to Kerala is complete without a houseboat cruise in Alleppey. Drift along the serene backwaters, lined with palm trees and quaint villages. Enjoy freshly cooked local cuisine on the houseboat and witness the mesmerizing sunset over the water. It’s a truly immersive experience in God’s Own Country. Even better than the houseboats would be a kayak or cruise in a canoe as you can see local life idylling by near the narrow waterways.

Kovalam – Sun, Sand, and Sea

For those seeking sun-soaked beaches, Kovalam is the perfect destination. With its pristine shorelines, Kovalam offers a relaxing escape. Try water sports, indulge in Ayurvedic spa treatments, and relish the delectable seafood at beachside shacks. The Lighthouse Beach is a must-visit, offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.

Periyar National Park – Wildlife Extravaganza

Nature enthusiasts, rejoice! Periyar National Park is a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna. Embark on a thrilling boat safari on Periyar Lake, where you might spot elephants, and a variety of bird species, If you do get very lucky you might catch a tiger as well but that is extremely rare. The lush greenery and tranquil surroundings make it a haven for eco-tourism.

Kumarakom – A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

Nestled on the banks of Vembanad Lake (the other side of Alleppey), Kumarakom is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, home to many migratory and resident bird species. Enjoy a serene boat ride through the backwaters and savor the tranquility of this idyllic destination.

Wayanad – Hills, Caves, and Waterfalls

Escape to the cool hills of Wayanad, offering a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. Trek to Chembra Peak for panoramic views, explore the ancient Edakkal Caves with their intriguing petroglyphs and marvel at the cascading Meenmutty Waterfalls. Wayanad is a treasure trove of natural wonders. You can explore some beautiful waterfalls and enjoy the hospitality in one of the many plantation homestays.

Thrissur – Cultural Capital of Kerala

Delve into the cultural heart of Kerala in Thrissur. Visit the Vadakkunnathan Temple, known for its architectural grandeur, and witness the spectacular Thrissur Pooram festival, a grand celebration of colors and traditions. The town’s museums and art galleries offer insights into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.

With its diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry, Kerala is a traveler’s paradise. From the misty hills of Munnar to the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey, each destination offers a unique experience. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, God’s Own Country has it all. Pack your bags and embark on a journey to Kerala, where every moment is a celebration of nature and culture.


  1. Which month is best for Kerala?
  • The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March when the weather is pleasant. This period ensures a comfortable experience, allowing travelers to enjoy the diverse landscapes, festivals, and outdoor activities without extreme temperatures or heavy rainfall.
  1. How many days is enough for Kerala?
  1. A well-planned 7 to 10-day trip is ideal for exploring the key attractions in Kerala. This duration allows for a leisurely exploration of diverse destinations, including Munnar, Alleppey, Kochi and the backwaters, ensuring a balanced and immersive experience.
  1. Is Kerala or Goa better?
  1. The choice between Kerala and Goa depends on personal preferences. Kerala is renowned for its serene backwaters, lush landscapes, and cultural richness, offering a more relaxed and nature-centric experience. Goa, on the other hand, is famed for vibrant beaches, nightlife, and a lively atmosphere, catering to those seeking a more energetic vacation.
  1. How can I prepare for the Kerala trip?
  1. Prepare for your Kerala trip by researching the destinations you plan to visit, checking the weather forecast, and packing accordingly. Arrange necessary permits for wildlife reserves, plan your itinerary, and embrace the local culture by learning a few basic phrases in Malayalam. Don’t forget essentials like comfortable clothing, insect repellent, and a good camera.
  1. What do men wear in Kerala?
  1. Traditional attire for men in Kerala is the ‘mundu’, a white or off-white cotton garment worn as a dhoti. It is paired with a matching or contrasting shirt, often a simple white or light-colored shirt. This comfortable and breathable outfit is suitable for the tropical climate.
Harsh Sonawala

About Harsh Sonawala

Harsh Sonawala is the co founder of India Someday and since his childhood, he has travelled to different parts of India and the world. The thrill of travelling and sharing his experiences with others was the reason behind starting India Someday. Other than the office where he is conjuring up marketing ideas, he can be found scuba diving in the Andamans or relaxing in a chalet in the Himalayas.

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