National Geographic Traveler selects Kerala as  

                                                                        'one of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime'


In a special collector's issue released just before the turn of the century, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER gifted the tourists of  the world with a priceless treasure - a well researched compilation of the 50 destinations of a lifetime.  The only Indian destination that featured in it was KERELA other than the Taj Mahal in the World Wonders section.

 

Kerala thali meals, kerela tourism

Kerala Thali Meals

 

Kerela was celebrated as a 'Paradise Found' - one of the ten in the world, A perfect description for a land renowned as "God's Own Country". What adds to the charm of its backwaters, beaches, Ayurveda health holidays, hill stations, wildlife, festivals, monuments and vibrant art forms, is its amazing social development indices that are on par with the developed world.

 

The Important tourist spots in kerala is given below :

 

 

 kovalam beach, kerala

Kovalam Beach - The Kovalam beach situated 16 Km. south of Trivandrum city, is one of the best beaches in India. It's a must see destination of India. On account of it's natural location, it affords facilities for safe sea bath. 

 

 

Chowara beach, kerala beaches

Chowra Beach - The soft white sand is what that draws visitors to this beach and it is ideal for beach volleyball.  The long stretch of beach is dotted by many cattamarams; a country fishing boat, which is three logs tied together in the shape of a boat.

 

 

alleppey, alappuzha backwaters

Alleppey ( alappuzha ) - Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes.  Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist trial of Kerela  as one of the major centers for backwater boat trips.

 

 

kumarakom backwaters, kerala

Kumarakom - The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise.

 

 

thekkady, periyar sanctuary

Thekkady ( Periyar ) - The pride of Kerela and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady.   Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands.   Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.

 

 

kochi, cochin, kerala

Kochi ( Cochin ) - The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbours in the world.  Kochi thus became a haven for  seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European township in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century. 

 

 

munnar hills, kerala honeymoon tours

Munnar Hills - one of the most popular hill stations in India is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.  Located at 1600 m above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.  Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m.  Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

 

 

wayanad sanctuary, vythiri

Wayanad - Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.

 

 

trivandrum, thiruvananthapuram, kerala

Trivandrum ( Thiruvananthapuram ) The Capital city of Kerala.  The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make it a much sought after tourist destination. 

 

 

cherai beach, kochi, kerela

Cherai Beach - This lovely beach near Kochi, bordering Vypeen island which is a major centre for commerce, is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach

 

 

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