Top 27 Attractive Places to Visit In Kerela in December

27 Best Places To Visit In Kerala:

1. Cherai Beach:

CHERAI BEACH

The Cherai beach is one of the famous tourist destination in Kerela situated in the northern end of the Vypeen Island. This popular beach is a combination of backwaters and sea that offer various water sports activities.

Location: 35 km from Cochin City.

Top interest : Water sports and Chinese fishing nets.

Hotels Nearby:  Sajeev Home Stay, Ambadi`s Villa, 36 Palms

Boutique Retreat etc.

Nearest Railway:  Ernakulam Junction.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International airport.

2.Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:

CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous tourist places in Kerela to explore wildlife.

Location: Rainshadow area of Western Ghats.

Top interest: Giant grizzled squirrel, spotted deer, Hanuman langur, sambhar, wild elephants, tiger, leopard and variety of birds and insects etc.

Hotels Nearby: Chandana Royal Resort, Hotel Saravana Grand, Marthoma Retreat Home etc.

Nearest Railway: Ernakulam.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

3. Athirappalli and Vazhachal Waterfalls:

Athirappalli-and-Vazhachal-Waterfalls

The breathtaking twin waterfalls of Athirappalli and Vazhachal offer a perfect retreat to the eyes of the discerning travelers.

Location: Situated on Chalakudy River.

Major attractions: Endangered species of Hornbill, Cochin Forest Cane Turtle, Lion-Tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Langur.

Hotels Nearby: Hydel Palace Hotel Resort, Ceasar Palace Hotel, Ambady Resort.

Nearest Railway:  Chalakudy (30 km).

Nearest Airport:  Cochin International Airport.

4. Meenmutty Water Falls:

MEENMUTTY WATER FALLS

Meenmutty models the largest three-tiered waterfall in Wayanad district with an altitude of 3,000 m.

Location : 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad.

Places to visit: Banasura Sagar Dam, Karalad Lake, Valliyoorkavu Bhagavati Temple, etc.

Hotels Nearby: Dream Land Residency, Tea Terrace Vythiri, Wayanad Sharoy Resort.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode, via Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport via Kozhikode.

5. Mattancherry Palace:

MATTANCHERRY PALACE

Popularly known as “Dutch Palace”, the Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese mansion which features an exquisite collection of Kerela murals along with a panoramic view of Kochi backwaters.

Location: Cochin, Kerela.

Top interest: Murals that depicts the portraits of Rajas, royal umbrellas, ivory palanquin, coins, stamps and royal ceremonial dresses etc.

Hotels nearby: Raintree Lodge, Xandari Harbour, Casino Hotel, etc.

Nearest Railway: Ernakulam railway station.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

6. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:

KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY

Bird lovers can pay a visit to this alluring haven which features varied species of birds within 14 acres of the land stretch.

Location: Banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom in Kottayam district.

Top interest: Waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, water duck, heron, Siberian cranes, wood beetle, teals, flycatchers, etc.

Hotels nearby: Kumarakom Lake Resort, Coconut Lagoon, Cocobay Resort, Backwater Breeze.

Nearest Railway: Kottayam.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

7. Wayanad:

Wayanad

Wayanad is regarded as a famous Kerela sightseeing destination because of its widespread green paddy fields. This amazing place exhibits a perfect blend of rich culture, tradition and tribal heritage.

Location: North-east corner of Kerala.

Top attractions: Thirunelli Temple, Lakkidi View Point, Papanashini River, Banasura Hill, Thusharagiri waterfalls.

Hotels nearby: Edakkal Hermitage, Sharoy Resort, Marmalade Springs Resort, etc.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode.

Nearest Airport: Karipur International airport a Calicut.

8.Tea Museum:

TEA MUSEUM

The Tea Museum in Munnar showcases some of the finest methods of tea plantation in various stages. Visitors can enjoy a complete tour of tea production within the museum.

Location: Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar.

Top interest: Photography of tea plantations, modern fully automated machineries, artifacts like `Pelton Wheel`.

Hotels nearby: Elysium Garden, Hotel C7, Oak Field.

Nearest Railway: Aluva railway station.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

9. Eravikulam National Park:

ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK

Eravikulam National Park is the most sought tourist destination in Kerala state which holds the highest population of Tahr and several other species of birds and animals.

Location: Along the Western Ghats of Ikkudi district, Kerela.

Top interest: Rajamalai (tourism zone), epiphytic orchids, wild balsams, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, leopard, tiger, Indian bison, etc.

Hotels nearby: Glenmore Resorts, Abad Copper Castle, Treebo Heavenly Heights.

Nearest Railway: Aluva and Angamali railway station.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport and Madurai.

10. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica:

SANTA CRUZ CATHEDRAL BASILICA

The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerela which ranks itself amongst the finest and impressive churches in the country.

Location: Santa Cruz Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi.

Top interest: The Impressive architecture of the church which displays various paintings of historical significance.

Hotels nearby: Fragrant Nature Kochi, Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel, the Malabar House.

Nearest Railway: Ernakulam railway station.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

11. Marari Beach Alappuzha:

MARARI BEACH ALAPPUZHA

Marari Beach is a perfect holiday destination for a solo traveler as well as family outings. Here you can relax yourselves in the serenity of sandy beaches.

Location: Alapuzzha district, Kerela.

Top interest: Sea surfing, parasailing, water skiing, deep sea fishing etc.

Hotels nearby: Marari Dreamz, Flamingo Marari Homestay, Heritage Haven.

Nearest Railway: Alleppey, Kottayam, and Ernakulam.

Nearest Airport: Kochi is the nearest airport.

12. Edakkal Caves:

EDAKKAL CAVES

If you want to discover answers about your ancestral life, you can make a walk up to the Edakkal Caves in Ambukuthi Hills of Kerela.

Location: Ambukuthi hills, Kerela.

Top interest: Ancient stone scripts, wall inscriptions, cave drawings of human figures, knives, bows, trees, etc.

Hotels nearby: Hotel Mount Avenue, Crescent Family Resort.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode station.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International airport.

13. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:

WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary provides a perfect retreat of various types of flora and fauna.

Location: Puthupally Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerela.

Top interest: Ground flora, shrubs, and creepers, woody climbers like Entada scandents and Calycopteries floribunda.

Hotels nearby: Royal Palm Resort, Ayurveda Yoga Villa.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International airport.

14. Ponmudi:

PONMUDI

Ponmudi is a fascinating hill resort in Kerela which exhibits a beautiful array of mountain flowers, small rivulets, resorts, cottages etc.

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela.

Top interest: Ponmudi rock, Braemore Marigold Estate, Mankayam Waterfalls.

Hotels nearby: KTDC Golden Peak, Saaral Resorts.

Nearest Railway: Thiruvananthapuram.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

15. Napier Museum:

NAPIER MUSEUM

The Napier`s Museum is an exceptional piece of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage which houses some rare collection of historical facts that depict epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Location: Near Zoological Park, Thiruvananthapuram.

Top interest: Historic artefacts, ancient ornaments, the Japanese shadow play leather figures.

Hotels nearby: Mascot Hotel, Maharaju Palace, the Grand Central.

Nearest Railway: Thiruvananthapuram Central.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

16. Kannur:

KANNUR

Kannur, also known as `Cannanore` is a popular hub of weaving industries with lavish monuments, British and Dutch-style buildings and sandy beaches.

Location: Kannur district, Kerela.

Top interest: Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort, Rajarajshwara Temple.

Hotels nearby: Malgudi Holidays, Kanbay Beach Resort.

Nearest Railway: Kannur Main.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport.

17. Sri Krishna Temple:

SRI KRISHNA TEMPLE

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is a famous example of typical Kerela architecture.

Location: Alappuzha district, Kerela.

Top interest: Wall paintings of Dasavatharam, meaning ten reincarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Hotels nearby: Aquabliss, Citrus Retreats Alleppey, Paloma Backwater Resorts.

Nearest Railway: Ambalappuzha and Alappuzha.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

18. Kasaragod:

KASARAGOD

Kasaragod is a blessed land of “God`s Own Country” rich in industries, majestic temples, sea-kissed forts and sandy beaches.

Location: Northernmost Kasaragod district of Kerela.

Places to visit: Madhur Temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Bekal Fort, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary.

Top interest: Coconut plantations, heritage temples, soothing sea breeze and rolling hills.

Hotels nearby: Apsara Regency, City Tower Hotel, Hotel Bekal Palace.

Nearest Railway: Kasaragod railway station.

Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport.

19. The Zoological Park, Thiruvananthapuram:

THE ZOOLOGICAL PARK, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Stretched over a wide area of 55 acres, Thiruvananthapuram zoo is the oldest Asian zoo which houses a varied species of flora and fauna.

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela.

Top interest: Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Cape buffalos, hippos zebras, etc.

Hotels nearby: Pattom Royal Hotel, Trans Nest, Mascot Hotel.

Nearest Railway: Thiruvananthapuram.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

20. Chethalayam Falls:

CHETHALAYAM FALLS

Chethalayam Falls is although small but one of the popular tourist places in Kerela which is a perfect spot for mountaineers and trekkers.

Location: Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad.

Places to visit: Marbesil Theatre, St. Mary`s Chapel, Maha Ganapati Temple.

Hotels nearby: Wayanad Nature Resort, Best Western Plus Ekobarn.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport.

21. Padmanabhaswamy Temple:

PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a Dravidian-style dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to be the world`s richest temple.

Location: Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Top interest: The temple itself is a retreat to eyes, shrine and its seven-storied entrance tower.

Hotels nearby: OYO 7926 Hotel Fort View, Greenshore Apartments.

Nearest Railway: Thiruvananthapuram Central.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

22. Kanthanpara Falls:

KANTHANPARA FALLS

This beautiful waterfall and its surrounding area make it an ideal place for camping as well as picnic spots.

Location: 2 km away from Kalpetta.

Places to visit: Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Muthanga Sanctuary etc.

Hotels nearby: Melvins Homestay, Wayanad Ranches Resorts.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport.

23. Vadakkunnathan Temple:

VADAKKUNNATHAN TEMPLE

This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva displaying murals which depict the epics of Mahabharata. This holy temple is also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Location: Thrissur, Kerela.

Top interest: Thrissur Poonam festival, mural paintings, wood carvings and wall paintings.

Hotels nearby: Joys Palace, Hotel Luciya Palace, Hotel Peninsula.

Nearest Railway: Kozhikode.

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport.

24. Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls:

CHEEYAPPARA AND VALARA WATERFALLS

Surrounded by dense green forests this cascading waterfall offers a scenic view of the surrounding area making it an ideal place for trekking.

Location: Between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi – Madurai Highway.

Top interest: Rolling hills, verdant valleys, and tea, coffee & spice plantations.

Hotels nearby: Dew Drops, Vidhuti Homestay, Villa Abu Sulthan.

Nearest Railway: Aluva and Angamali stations.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

25. Mattupetty Lake:

MATTUPETTY LAKE

Located 1700 m above the sea level, this placid lake is a true destination for nature`s lover.

Location: 13 km from Munnar.

Top interest: Boatings- speedboat, motor boats, pedal boats, rowboat.

Hotels nearby: Lakezone Holiday Resort, T & U Leisure Hotel.

Nearest Railway: Kottayam from Munnar.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

26. Silent Valley National Park:

SILENT VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Silent Valley National Park is a storehouse of biodiversity and essentially a true Eden Garden for field biologists, scientists, and students of science.

Location: Palakkad.

Top interest: Species of flowering plants, orchids, mammals, moths, endemic birds and the descending River Kunthi.

Hotels nearby: Treetop Resort, Silent Valley Retreats, KTDC Tamarind.

Nearest Railway: Palakkad.

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport.

27. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple:

KODUNGALLUR BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE

Sree Kurumba Bhagavati Temple also known as the Kodullangur Devi Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali.

Location: Kodungallur, Thrissur.

Top interest: Bharani and Thalappoli festivals,

Hotels nearby: Hotel Aswathy, Seashore Residency.

Nearest Railway: At Irinjalakkuda.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport.

How to Reach:

By Air: There are three international airports that connect Kerela to major international cities- Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Calicut international airports.

By Rail: There is total of 200 railway stations in the country that is inter-connected to most places of Kerela.

By Road: Kerela is easily accessible by road through major highways 17, 47 and 49.

By Sea: Backwaters is a popular means of transportation in Kerela. However, there is also availability of regular ships that venture to Lakshadweep Islands.

Kerela is a land of wonder that is worth a visit for which National Geographic Travelers has voted the place as one its ten Paradise Found. With the best Kerela Tour package, you can gift yourself and your family a wonderful New Year Treat.

So get ready to explore the authentic charm of Kerela state.

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