Kerala is one of the most beautiful states in India. It is a land of coconut trees with mystical coastal greenery. ”Kerala” has been made of two parts, “Kera” means coconut and “Alam” means land.
Kerala is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and dotted with magical backwaters, greenery, wildlife, pristine beaches, rich art and culture, tea and coffee plantation, Ayurveda therapies, and delicious cuisine. Being a tropical state it is humid throughout the year. The best month to visit Kerala is from December to February.
Kerala trip would be a memorable and enjoyable trip for everyone. You would enjoy the boating in backwaters, wildlife sanctuary, national park, visit spice, coffee and tea plantation, beach hopping, cultural heritage, hill stations with a natural walk through the varied habitats, jungle jeep safari to explore diverse forest and relaxation with Ayurveda treatments.
There are many places that one can visit on a Kerala trip. Some of these places are Kochi, Munnar, Kumarakom, and Trivandrum which are mentioned below for a Kerala trip itinerary.
Kerala trip Itinerary
Kerala is well connected both by air and road. So if you are up for an adventurous trip we can start our Kerala trip.
We start our trip from Kochi by landing at Kochi International Airport / Cochin International Airport.
Kochi is also known as Cochin. It is the biggest city in the state of Kerala. Kerala with its glorious past is nurtured and shaped over centuries by many foreign powers such as the Dutch, Arabs, Chinese, British and Portuguese. Kochi over the years has developed its very own cultural identity. No visit to Kerala is ever complete without a visit to Kochi. Its unique artistry culture, lifestyle, and cuisine of Kochi work together to create a great vacation.
Major Sightseeing places in Kochi are:
- Fort Kochi
- Mattancherry Palace
- Fishing Villages
- Elephant Training Centre
- St. Francis Church
After Kochi, we can continue the journey by road towards one of the hill stations of Kerala which is Munnar.
Munnar is a hill station which is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Munnar derives its name from the 3 rivers that merge here. Adorned with mountains and lush green slopes also with the tea and spice plantations the fresh mountain breeze is filled with the refreshing aroma of tea. Munnar may be just the reason that Kerala is referred to as ‘God’s own Country’. Munnar is a city that has something for everyone, in all seasons. This might be a city that can be visited all year long.
Major Sightseeing places in Munnar are:
- Echo Point
- Tea Museum
- Anamudi Peak
After staying in Munnar we continue our road journey to Thekkady.
Thekkady is a city near Periyar National Park, it is an important tourist attraction in Kerala. The named Thekkady is derived from the word “thekku” which means teak. This city has a pleasant climate all year.
Thekkady brings into mind the wildlife that is elephants and tigers walking along the rivers in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and also one can do boating in the Periyar Lake.
Major Sightseeing places in Thekkady are:
- Periyar National Park
- Thekkady Lake
- Kadathanadan Kalari center
After staying in Thekkady we continue our journey by road and reach Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is famous among travelers for its backwater. Backwater is a part of a river in which there is little or no current. It is a cluster of islands on the eastern banks of Lake Vembanad. Compared to adjacent villages, the lake has its maximum length and breadth near Kumarakom – about eight km. With the huge lake on one side and with a canal running through it, Kumarakom is a masterpiece that is created by man and Nature together and enjoys a unique position on the map of Kerala.
Major Sightseeing places in Kumarakom are:
- Kumarakom Backwaters with Houseboat Ride
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
- Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
- Vembanad Lake
- Kumarakom Beach
After Kumarakom, we can continue our journey by traveling to the capital of Kerala, Trivandrum. En route, you can visit the Kerala famous sightseeing place Jatayu Earth Center.
Jatayu Earth Center also known as Jatayu Nature Park or Jatayu Rock is a park and tourism center at Chadayamangalam in the Kollam district of Kerala. It stands at an altitude of 350m (1200ft) above the mean sea level.
Jatayu Nature Park holds the world’s largest bird sculpture, which is of Jatayu. Jatayu bird was a demi-god in Ramayana (a Hindu epic) who had the form of a vulture. According to the epic, Ravana was attempting to abduct Sita to Lanka when Jatayu tried to rescue her. Jatayu fought with Ravana, but as Jatayu was old Ravana soon defeated him, cutting his wings, and Jayatu fell onto the rocks in Chadayamangalam. Rama and Lakshmana while on the search for Sita, reached the poignant scene. Jatayu informed them of the battle with Ravana and told them that Ravana had headed towards the south.
Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala, it is also known as Thiruvananthapuram. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It is also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family. It has a major tourist attraction, for the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, and for the backwaters of Poovar.
Major Sightseeing places in Trivandrum are:
- Vizhinjam Lighthouse
- Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Samudra Beach
Kerala Trip Budget
Costing of the Kerala trip varies from person to person depending on personal requirements. You can move around in a personal car or on public transport. All categories of hotels starting from ordinary hotels to exotic resorts are available depending on your pocket.
Specialties of Kerala
Kerala is famous for its Ayurveda massage, species, tea and coffee plantation.
Ayurveda is a popular word that is famous all over the world. It is originated in India several thousand years ago. The Ayurveda joins different energy channels known as chakras and brings peace and harmony to the body. The Ayurveda oils that are used have medicinal properties. You should try an Ayurveda massage if you are traveling to Kerala or currently suffering from any muscle pain or having a high level of stress.
- Tea and Coffee Plantation
The aromatic and refreshing tea and coffee plantation of Kerala attracts tourists from far and wide. These plantations are one of the most fascinating attractions of the state. A tour of these gardens offers a blissful opportunity to relax around amidst pleasant and peaceful surroundings. The beauty of the gardens increases manifold after the monsoons. Here you can witness nature at its best. The eye-catching views of the gorgeous green terrain, misty hills, and fresh air envelop one in sheer pleasure. Kerala tea and coffee plantations are punctuated by beautiful streams adding more charm to them.
- Species of Kerala
India has a rich heritage of spices that have been grown here. The story of spices in Kerala is thousand years older and the major contribution of spice export from India is also Kerala. Kerala has shown its dominance over spices. So that is why Kerala is called the “Spice Capital of India” and “Land of Spices”.
A trip to the green state of Kerala is a must on every traveler’s to-do list. Truly there is no other place where you see the abundance of nature in such a spectacular manner as here which is why it makes such a popular travel destination in India.