Top 27 Attractive Places to Visit In Kerela in December

27 Best Places To Visit In Kerala:

1. 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 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:


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 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:


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:


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 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:


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 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:


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 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:


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 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 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:


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, 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:


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 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:


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 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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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 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:


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.