The stunning beaches at Kovalam with the backdrop of stunning palm trees make for an enchanting time there. Kerala is also a cultural destination for tourists. Kerala is home to the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth countries with the synagogue at Mattancherry being built in 1586 A.D. Kerala is home to a number of prominent mosques as well.
The St. Francis Church, the Cochin Fort and the Jewish Synagogues are wondrous to behold. Kerala, with its wildlife sanctuaries, is also a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The numerous Temples at Kerala are architectural splendors devoted to the various Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu mythology.
The architecture in Kerala is unique and diverse, and is in perfect harmony with the scenic backdrops of this state. Some of the most famous monuments of Kerala include The Alwaye Palace, Bekal Fort, Krishnapuram Palace, Mattanchery Palace, Hill Palace Museum, Koyikkal Palace, Vasco House, Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Arakkal Palace & Kannur Fort.
Places to visit in Kerala :
- Thiruvananthapuram :
The capital of Kerala lies on the southwest coast of India. The city extends from latitude 8°29' N to longitude 76°59' E. The place is well connected to most of the other major cities of India through rail, road, and air network.
- Kochi :
Kochi is a busy port city in Kerala. It is well known for its multifaced modern marvels , historical monuments , bustling shopping plazas , racecourses , golf courses and a high pitched night life. In ancient times most of the foreign sea travelers had been to Kochi and foreign influence is till date found in their lifestyles and architecture. The Vembanad Kayal, Kerala's largest lake that spreads full bosomed and silver gray in the sultry sun is in Kochi. The Tipu Sultan's Palace , one of the most remarkable islamic building of the city and now a museum , ISKON Temple and Lalbagh Gardens.
Kayamkulam is a small village on the western coast of India in the state of Kerala. Washed by the waters of the Arabian Sea, the place is almost equidistant from Alleppey and Quilon, both of which connect the Kerala backwaters.
- Kozhikode :
Calicut or Kozhikode is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. The district extends from latitude 11°15' N to 75°49' E. Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and mesmeric peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district has all the required ingredients to fascinate a tourist.
Munnar is a small hill station set amongst the Kannan Devan hills. It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar is one of the highest tea estates in the world.
- Alappuzha :
Alappuzha (Alleppey) is one of the exotic backwater sites of India's southern state Kerala. Washed by the Arabian Sea, interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, this tiny marketplace is also famous for its Nehru Trophy boat race or the snake boat race is held every year. The temperature ranges from 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C during winters.
This group of islands in Vembanad Lake attracts thee tourists by the beauty of the swaying palm trees, green paddy fields, waterways. Also the Kumarakom Bird sanctury , situated on the banks of the vembenand Lake is known for its varied avian population . Local varities such as owls, as well as migratory siberian canes can be viewed here. Other attraction at the bird sancturies are parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers and the wood beetle. Because of its unparalled beauty, kumarakom is also known as 'Venice of India'.
- Kannur :
Cannanore or more appropriately Kannur as it is known today is a place with a rich history right from the time of the Aryan migration. The word Kannur may have evolved from a village named Kannathur around which the modern town of Kannur grew. Or according to some it is a combination of Kannan (Lord Krishna), a deity in the Hindu pantheon and Ur meaning a place or an abode.
- Wayanad :
Wayanad is situated in an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in Western Ghats.
- Thekkadi :
Thekkadi - The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations.
- Kollam :
Quilon (also Kollam) is situated in the southwest corner of India in the state of Kerala. The district is encircled by Alappuzha in the north, Pathanamthitta in the northeast, Thiruvananthapuram in the south, Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the west. It extends latitude 9°28' and longitude 76°17' north.
Varkala is one of the famous beaches in South India. The Papanasam beach in Varkala is known for its mineral springs and rocky cliffs.