Kerala is blessed with green and glorious surroundings to leave every traveler enthralled. Surrounded by thick cover of pines and backwater, sea beaches and houseboats, and some of the most romantic resorts and equally engrossing romantic experiences there are best places to visit in Kerala that have left not a single soul disappointed ever.
Here is the list of top 6 places in Kerala that must feature on your itinerary
Without a second thought, Kumarakom is one of the best places to see in Kerala in December. Its palm-fringed beaches and streets hog the limelight that gives you a real feel of the exciting nature that exists around it. Monsoon and winter are the ideal months to experience the best of Kumarakom and its backwaters. The weather during this time is cool and makes for the perfect weather to explore the misty green mangrove forests, coconut palms lining the embankments and the shimmering backwaters. New Year celebrations in Kumarakom is a huge pull. Tourists from all over the world make it a point to visit Kumarakom during new Year’s eve.
Other key attractions of Kumarakom are Pathiramanal Island, Bird sanctuary, Kumarakom village, coconut groves, rice barges, and Juma Masjid.
Another popular tourist attraction in the South India, Wayanad celebrates ‘Karthigai’, the festival of lights, with so much of glee and warmth.. This is a popular Malayali festival in South India where earthen lamps are lit in the houses and there is a bonfire in the village temple. Watch as the villagers carry a burning torch made of palm leaves from the village bonfire back to their homes.
Some of the popular attractions of Wayanad are Chembra peak, heart-shaped lake, Meenmutty Falls, Edakkal caves, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Pay a visit to Thekkady and in December and you will see nature in full bloom here. Besides other tourist places to visit in Thekkady, Periyar National Park is a key attraction. See nature in all its glory during a jungle safari and spot the Great Indian tiger, tigers, sambars, gaurs, the very rare lion-tailed macaques, leopards, bear, bisons, deer etc.
One of the most popular things to do in Kerala in December is to enjoy scenic wildlife boat rides along the Thekkady lake where the cool winter breeze will mesmerize you. You can also attend the controversial Garudan Thookam festival in the Kali temples here that is held in December. In the festival, the ‘Garudas’ do a ritual dance and then they are held by a shaft. Garuda is a mythical humanoid bird that was used to pacify Goddess Kali.
Some of the popular attractions of Periyar are Periyar National Park, Kumily village’s spice market, Moozhiyar to Thekkady via Gavi spinning, and elephant safaris.
Varkala is certainly one of the most scenic places in India. Monsoon exponentially adds to the beauty quotient of this wonderful beach destination in the south that has
laterite cliffs, golden sands, and stunning beaches that become more colorful and idyllic with the advent of monsoon.
The cool weather is also ideal for a stroll along the sandy shores of the Papanasam beach. This beach is considered one of the places to see in Kerala in December as it is holy and can be used to cleanse any sins. There is also a Sivagiri Pilgrimage held in December here which pays respect to the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
Some of the popular attractions of Varkala are Varkala beach, Janardana Swami temple, Papanasam beach, Ayurvedic massages, Sivagiri Mutt, and Kappil Lake
Kovalam is one of the best places to spend wonderful vacation all engulfed in festivities. If you are headed to Kovalam don’t forget to attend beach carnivals held here in December. Tickle your festive mood to its maximum and embrace every bit of fun on your trip to Kerala as you plan to visit these beaches in Kovalam.
Some of the popular attractions of Kovalam are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach, Kurumkal hillock, and Vizhinjam mosque
It is the pleasant climate and colorful festivals of Thrissur that make it stand apart from the other tourist destinations in Kerala. One of the popular festivals of this region in December is the Guruvayur Ekadasi that includes elephant processions as well as Chembai music festivals. The whole district is decorated and the festive spirit can be felt all around. It is a fun time to visit this district as you will get to witness the cultural fervor of this area.
Some of the popular attractions of Thrissur are Thrissur Zoo, Athirapally Waterfalls, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and Viyyur Jail Park.
These are some of the best places to visit in Kerala and make for an ideal itinerary when planning a Kerala trip.