This shoestring state near the Southwest tip of the Indian peninsula does justice to the saying “good things come in small packages”. Also known as God’s Own Country, and aptly so, it is blessed with sandy beaches, shimmering water, natural wonders, as well as a rich cultural and historical heritage ensuring that there is no dearth of things to do in Kerala.
One of the important Hindu shrines in India, this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is also known as the ‘Dwarka of South India’. Non-Hindus are not allowed and there is a strict dress code for those wishing to worship in the temple.
Timings: 3.00 am to 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 9.15 pm (Timings can vary on special occasions and when certain ‘poojas’ are held)
Soochipara Falls, Wayanad
This three-tiered waterfall with a height of 200 m is situated in Vellarimala, in Wayanad region which is known for its verdant landscape and nature’s bounty. Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, it is a great place to enjoy some spectacular views of the tea plantations. You can drive up to the entrance of the park and then will have to walk for about 1 km to get to the falls.
Timings:9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Bekal Fort, Kasargod
The biggest fort in Kerala, it towers over the village of Bekal in Kasargod. A popular spot for movie shoot locations, Bekal Fort dates back to the mid 17th century. Jutting into the sea, the fort complex includes sculptures, murals, a rock garden, children’s park, walkway and rest area. The beach is well-illuminated after dusk and all these make it a must see in Kerala.
Timings: 8.00 am to 5.30 pm
Also known as the Periyar Tiger Reserve, this sprawling national park has a sizeable population of tigers and elephants, nestled in the midst of the Cardamom Hills, this wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake which provides ample opportunities for boat cruises.
Timings: Early mornings are a good time to spot wild animals. Boat rides are from 7 am to 4 pm
Considered one the sensational beaches in the world, it is also known as Papanasham Beach. With its cliffs that just into the Arabian Sea, this beach is a photographer’s paradise. Surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, and sunbathing are just some of the activities that can be pursued here.
Timings: Ideal time for activities is from 7 am to 6 pm
Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur
This is Kerala’s only drive through beach and is located between the cities of Kannur and Thalassery. It is considered one among the top 10 beaches in the world to drive on. The 5 km long beach is also a haven for bird watchers and not to be missed when visiting Kerala.
Timings: Catch the sunset or come early in the morning to spot some birds
This list of what to see in Kerala is a very short compilation that is likely to awaken the travel bug within you. So, go ahead and pack your bags to catch the next flight to Kerala. Be prepared to be amazed at the fantastic number of sights and experiences that will assail you!