Must visit Kerala destinations for nature lovers

Kerala speaks a lot about the nature, the un-destroyed forest reserves and the beautiful landscapes takes us through the true nature of earth. Though my trip was very short to Kerala I had a chance to view some of the natural beauties of this city. Here are the top four must-visit destinations for nature lovers. All of these destinations will be covered when you choose tour packages to Kerala.

1. Athirappilly Falls, Thrissur District
This waterfall is located on the Chalakudy river and is almost 85 meters in height. There is no public transport in this region, you need to make your own transport from Kochi (which is a two hour drive). This is a very popular picnic spot of both tourists and the locals. You need to trek along downwards for about a mile and half where you get the best vantage view of this water fall. Showering under this waterfall is prohibited and the danger areas are marked, where you would not be allowed. This is also a major attraction for film makers. Thanks to Kerala tourism for preserving this nature spot.

Athirappilly Falls, Thrissur District

 

2. Munnar Tea Plantations, Idukki District
This is the first attraction that all Kerala tour packages include. The journey through the tea plantations through Munnar is a really breathtaking experience. The road is very narrow and curvy which makes it one of the most difficult roads to drive in Kerala. There is also a factory outlet where you can buy tea powder and other products. You can also go into the Tata Tea Museum along the way from Munnar to Thekkady, but remember this would be closed on National holidays. Plucking the leaves from the tea gardens is strictly prohibited. Remember this would be one of the most rocking journey you would experience in your lifetime.

Munnar Tea Planations, Idukki District

 

 3. Periyar National Park, Idukki District
Periyar National Park in Idukki District is one of the notable wildlife sanctuaries of south India. There is also a boat ride in the Periyar Lake but is open to limited public. The boat ride starts from 7:30am in the morning and accommodates only two hundred people in one batch. There are five batches everyday which are seperated by a  two hour interval. The boat ride costs you around 200 INR (about 4-5 USD). You can spot elephants and few birds along your boat ride through the Periyar Lake. The boat ride lasts about one and half hour. The only way to enter this park is through the Thekkady gate which is in the Kumily district. I would advice you to hire a pair of binoculars that are available on the entrance of the gate, to view the wild animals much closer.

Periyar National Park, Idukki District

 

4. Kovalam Beachs, 17kms from Trivandrum
Kovalam is a small town that is located around 17 kilometers from Trivandrum. This town is famous for its beaches mainly the Lighthouse beach. The name of the beach comes from the lighthouse that is located on this beach and is 35 meters in height. Finding your way to this beach is quiet tricky. The best time to visit beaches would be in the noon, but if you are looking for a peaceful and calm atmosphere I recommend you to visit this beach early during the sunrise or in the late evening. Entering the waters is prohibited at night because the tides form the Arabian Sea become stong during this time.

Early morning view of the Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

Karthik Reddy has been traveling around the world since completing his M.B.A in 2012. He is passionate about photography, trying out new food, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and explore places solo.

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27 Responses

  1. Fathima says:

    And some body failed to tell you about ponmudi! So sad..!

  2. abhinav says:

    These 3 are definitely the best ones but it must have more in the list

  3. Ruchira Das says:

    Nice blog… full of information…

  4. suraj says:

    great post it’s very helpful for traveller.

  5. Hey Karthik,
    Amazing blog! I am visiting Kerala in January 2017 and I will make sure to visit all the above mentioned places. The information is really helpful for those visiting Kerala for the first time. Keep it up!

  6. Kalyan says:

    Superb post with stunning pictures! These are actually most beautiful places to visit in Kerala. The Athirappilly Falls looks resplendent during the monsoon.

  7. Mark H says:

    Great article Sai! I hope I’ll visit Kerala one day, but I’m not so familiar with the wildlife there (I’m from Europe).

  8. Thanks for the nice information. This is very useful for our riders who take bike on rent from us for visiting Kerala. Appreciate the efforts taken to write the article.

  9. I visit Kerala every year during summer vacations and have tried to cover some or most of the must-see locations. We (me and my husband duo) are starting a blog to capture our experiences of the last 25 years at http://www.india-travels.com and have tried to capture these places as well. Do visit if time permits and let us know your feedback and suggestions, if any.

  10. Very elaborated post! You have included the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala for nature lovers that should not be missed. My favorite destination is Munnar and you have explained them so well. Thanks!

  11. Lovely. These are good options to a beautiful state full of wildlife and natural heritage…

  12. Joseph says:

    Visiting God’s own country is really beautiful and get mesmerized in the nature.

  13. Raghav says:

    Kerela as a destination has soo much to offer ranging from Backwater Cruise
    Bamboo Rafting, Plantation Visits, Cultural Fiesta, Village Tours, Beach Experience to Wildlife Safari. The snake boat race is a very popular attraction of Kerala. Also there are many more tourist places like Allepy Backwaters, Kumarakom, Wayanad, Warkala, Kozhikode, Vagamon, thekkady etc. If someone is planning a Kerala Exclusive tour, then don’t miss any of these places.

  14. AMIT says:

    wow amazing photographs , seriously Kerala is too beautiful specially the waterfalls are amazing

  15. Kunal Sutar says:

    Good work man! Best wishes for the great creation of this blog.

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