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The exquisite beauty of Kerala with its backwaters, rich cultural temples, tranquil beaches and magnificent landscapes earned the name as God’s own country true to its splendor. The awesome climate, rich wildlife, and traditional practices have attracted tourists from all over the world to fall in love with it. Synonymous with its coconut plantations, tea and spice gardens and ayurvedic heritage, Kerala is famous as a holiday retreat for tourists and nature lovers.

Check out the selection of top must-visit places of a Kerala tour package to enjoy in the lap of nature.

Munnar:

To escape the hustle bustle of daily life, Munnar provides the tranquility much needed for everyone in its lush green mountains. It falls under the Western Ghats mountain ranges and offers a hill station to the sun-scorched people of India. The fairy tale town is exquisite in its beauty with manicured array of tea plantations spread across thousands of acres. It is the home to the rare species called Nilgiri Tahr, a mountain goat and silver oak trees. Enjoy trout fishing in shimmering lake waters and get spellbound by viewing the majestic waterfalls.

Kerala Backwaters:

The serene and tranquil backwaters of Kerala are not to be missed during a visit to god’s own country. It is a home to a variety of fishes and avifauna which depend on them. The backwaters are interconnected and run throughout the state covering half the state. The houseboats on backwaters give a perfect holiday experience to enjoy the scenic valleys, sea, and hills. Explore the backwaters between the months of September to march to view golden beaches lined with coconut plants.

Chembra Peak:

Located in Wayanad, Chembra peak is the highest peak which is worth visiting if you are a nature admirer and loves trekking. The breathtaking trails offer a view of the cities, coffee, and spice plantations from the top. Of the 2 lakes, a heart shaped lake which comes during the trek is a sight to behold. With hovering clouds and view of waterfalls, Chembra peak offers a wonderful backdrop for photography of nature at its best.

Thekkady:

The name Thekkady is almost synonymous to the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserves. It is home to evergreen deciduous forests and savannah grasslands on which the wildlife thrives. The spice plantations and a row of hills with the pleasant atmosphere are the heaven on earth for nature admirers. One can enjoy bamboo rafting, trekking, boat cruises and elephant rides in this eco-friendly zone. A temple built in ancient Kerala architecture, hidden in the deep forest gives a panoramic view of surrounding villages.

Kovalam:

The crescent shaped beaches of Kovalam offers best holiday retreat with endless coconut trees. The calm sea waters of this beautiful bay are ideal for a sea bath. Lighthouse beach is popular of the three crescent shaped beaches and is an ideal stay for nightlife activities. Stay at Samudra beach to view local fisherman activities in their natural habitat, for those seeking a calmer retreat. The beach offers water activities like kayaking, water skiing, surfing, and fishing.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple:

This is the most sacred and celebrated temple in Kerala with goddess Bhagavathy as the main deity. The goddess Rajarajeshwari is told be self-incarnated and is worshiped in three forms namely Saraswati in the morning, goddess Lakshmi in the noon and goddess Durga at evening. The architecture of the temple is amazing with a unique style. The people worship the deity to cure different kinds of sickness and mental illness. The evening prayer is not to be missed during a visit to the temple.

Kerala Kathakali Centre:

It is theater showing cultural art form of Kerala like Kathakali dances, martial arts, cultural dances, and music. Experience the world’s greatest art form with translations which take you to a journey of rich culture and traditions. You can understand the details which dancers undergo during makeup and dance and facial expressions to communicate stories.

Kumarakom:

The sleepy village of Kumarakom offers a splendid view of backwaters on the Vembanad Lake. This paradise on earth is lush with paddy fields, beautifully lined coconut trees, and mangrove forests. The waterways are interconnected by canals and sports flowers which are enchanting the tourists from worldwide. There are many leisure activities like fishing and swimming to do in houseboats while enjoying a perfect holiday. The major attraction is a bird sanctuary which houses migratory birds on the lake banks.

Poovar Island:

This Island opens to the ocean being enveloped with backwaters on one side, the sea on east and mountains on the west. Lie back on the golden sand beaches with coconut plants lining the coast and enjoy your holiday in quiet natural landscapes. The Island is the home for many tourist resorts that come to rejuvenate in the serene backdrop. Bird watching and motor boat cruises are the recommended activities of the Island. Floating cottages are available to spend the weekend in peace.

Wayanad:

The north-east district of Kerala is known for its paddy fields and age-old forests with native tribes. The district can be toured for its famous mountain trails, peaceful island, stunning caves with intricate designs, waterfalls, elephant rides and wildlife sanctuary. Visitors can indulge in activities like cycling, trekking, camping at the cave. The hills and mountain terrains offer a spectacular view of the villages surrounding them. The temples of the district show the cultural heritage and civilization of the past generations vividly.

Bharat Darshan Tourism lets you roll in the beauty of this coastal state with rich cultural heritage. This subtropical holiday spot is an ideal getaway for tourists during the months of October to February with its colorful offerings.