Have You Visited These 5 Picturesque Places In Kerala?

If you haven't visited these 5 picturesque places in Kerala yet, it's time to plan your trip and experience the magic of this beautiful destination
Aerial view of a tea plantation in Wayanad, Kerala
Aerial view of a tea plantation in Wayanad, KeralaShutterstock

Kerala, often called "God's Own Country," is a state in southern India known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and tranquil backwaters. From lush green landscapes to serene beaches and vibrant hill stations, Kerala offers a diverse range of picturesque destinations that cater to every traveller's taste. Here, we take you on a virtual journey through 5 picturesque places in Kerala that you must visit to experience the essence of this paradise.

5 Must-Visit Picturesque Places In Kerala

Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi
Fort KochiShutterstock

Located in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, Fort Kochi is known for playing a significant role in the state's history. Once under Portuguese rule, the area was a major trading centre for spices and other commodities from the early 1500s until the British East India Company took over. Today, it is known for its art, culture and architecture, with several churches and temples scattered around the region.

Its many attractions include the Santa Cruz Basilica and numerous historical landmarks like St. Francis Church, the first church visited by Vasco da Gama. You can also find the Dutch Seminary, China Vela, and more. Moreover, the Indian Navy's ship, Dronacharya, is stationed in Fort Kochi.


Kumarkom backwaters in Kerala
Kumarkom backwaters in KeralaShutterstock

Kumarakom beckons domestic and international travellers for its backwaters, lakes, flora, fauna, and historical sites. The town boasts beaches fringed with coconut trees on either side. These idyllic shores remain relatively undiscovered, accessible only via rented boats in Kumarakom's town centre or nearby towns like Kottayam or Alappuzha (Alleppey).


Wayanad is renowned for its camping and trekking trails, waterfalls, caves, bird-watching spots and diverse flora and fauna. Over the years, Wayanad has been a popular choice for tourists, who are particularly delighted by the exotic products, such as spices, coffee, tea, bamboo items, honey, and herbal plants.

One of the top attractions in Wayanad is the Kanthanpara Waterfalls, drawing visitors from around the world. There is also Karapuzha Dam, Pookode and Karlad Lakes; for adventure enthusiasts, the Cheengari Rock Adventure Center is a must-visit.


Houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala near Alleppey
Houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala near AlleppeyPaulharding00 / Shutterstock

Alleppey or Alappuzha is significant in Kerala's maritime history. It's known for its boat races, backwater getaways, beaches, marine products, and the coir industry. Alappuzha Beach is a favourite spot for picnics, featuring a 137-year-old pier at the Vijaya Beach Park. Nearby, an old lighthouse piques the curiosity of visitors.

One must-try experience in Alappuzha is the houseboat cruise. These houseboats are modern versions of the traditional Kettuvallams. In the past, Kettuvallams, meaning "boats with dwelling structures," were used to transport rice and spices.


Kasaragod is an ancient place with human settlements dating back to the Stone Age. Archaeological findings, including pottery, copper, and ancient ironworks, suggest that the people of that time had an agricultural and nature-centered way of life.

It is also home to several tribes, including Korangar, Malakkudi, Mavilar, Koppalar, and Malavattu. The region also bears traces of Buddhist and Jain influence on places of worship.

Often regarded as the crown of Kerala, Kasargod boasts a rich tapestry of languages, a history marked by invasions and resistance, well-preserved forts, remnants of an innovative stone-age culture (e.g., 'Chenkallarakal,' 'Nannangatikal,' 'Muniyarakal'), historical inscriptions and unique traditions of worship.

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