Check Out These Offbeat Tourist Places In Kerala

OT Staff


Nelliyampathy is a small, scenic destination nestled amidst the floating clouds in Palakkad. It offers visitors pleasant weather, a pleasing aroma of coffee, tea, and cardamom, and a chain of mighty mountains. 

Nelliyampathy |


Ponmudi, located in the Thiruvananthapuram district, features small rivulets, colourful butterflies, striking waterfalls, and attractive mountain flowers. Trekkers will find paradise here, especially with the trek to Agasthyarkoodam, the highest peak in the area.

Ponmudi |

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spans 236.7 square km and is home to rare species of fauna and flora. This park features evergreen sholas, exuberant waterfalls, and dense jungles. You can also pot lion tailed macaques and unique plants like the cobra plant.

Silent Valley National Park |


Thenmala, located in the Kollam district, is an eco-tourism destination with plenty to discover. Activities include strolling along river banks, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The town is also known for its high-quality honey.

Thenmala |

Valiyaparamba Backwaters

Valiyaparamba backwaters, located in the Kasaragod district, are formed by the confluence of four rivers and are ideal for tranquillity seekers and nature lovers. The backwaters are perfect for rafting, boating, bird watching, and exploring the Bekal Fort.

Bekal Fort |

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake, the heart of Kerala Backwater tourism, hosts ancient snake boat races during Onam. The lake features numerous kettuvallams offering houseboat rides, making it a must-visit for scenic beauty and leisure.

Vembanad Lake |

Marari Beach

Fringed with coconut palms and featuring golden sand, it is ideal for unwinding and enjoying water sports. Visitors can also explore the Mararikulam Shiva Temple and see traditional coir-making units.

Marari Beach |


Gavi, a village in the Pathanamthitta district, is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and Ranni Reserve Forest. It offers wildlife spotting, including bears, Nilgiri Martens, and elephants, and activities like bird watching and boating.

Periyar Tiger Reserve |


Anamudi, the highest peak in Kerala, is a dream destination for adventure enthusiasts. Located in the Eravikulam National Park, it features evergreen forests and rare species of flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy trekking, explore Munnar, and witness the blooming of Neelakurinji flowers. 

Anamudi |


Poovar, a town in the Thiruvananthapuram district, is adorned by a beach with the same name. The town offers pristine beaches, amazing backwaters, and a calm ambience. Visitors can explore Poovar Beach, Kovalam Beach, and the Fishing Village.

Poovar |

OT Itinerary: Here's A Two-Day Guide To Ponmudi Hills In Kerala

Ponmudi (the Golden Peak) is a hill station in the Peringamala gramapanchayath of Trivandrum District of Kerala | Shutterstock