Widely referred to as ‘God’s own country,’ the magnificent state of Kerala is a paradise for travelers. The simple mention of Kerala conjures up images of a scenic beach where frothy waves dash against the shore. Everything about the land fascinates; from vast stretches of golden beaches to flat paddy fields and groves of coconut trees crisscrossed by network of canals and rivers. The picturesque network of backwaters is the flagship feature of Kerala. The interconnected system of brackish water lakes and river estuaries run virtually along the length of the state. The turbulent sea and sands of its scenic beaches gleaming in the warmth of the sun present an enjoyable experience to travelers. A simple walk on the beach gives picturesque views of the surroundings. Apart from scenic beaches, the state is blessed to possess many exquisite destinations in its kitty. Among them is Munnar situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The town has a legacy of its own when it comes to tea plantations. The area houses a tea museum which tells the story of origin and evolution of tea plantations in Munnar. But it is Anayirangal which boasts of the carpet of tea plantations. The scenic dam here is a must visit. Especially famous is the Anaimudi peak, highest peak of the Western Ghats which is regarded as a trekker’s paradise. Near Munnar lies the Eravikulum National Park which houses unique flora and fauna. The area presents a spectacular sight when the entire landscape gets dotted by flowers of Neelakuringi once in twelve years. The park also offers spellbinding views of surrounding tea plantations and majestic hills enveloped by mists. The town of Chinnakanal houses magnificent waterfalls that cascade down the cliffs weaving intricate patterns. And how can one forget Thekkady which is a haven for natural spices! Dotted by spices and coffee plantations, Thekkady boasts of scenic landscape. The cascading waterfalls are also a delight to travelers. The vast stretch of dense evergreen forests and savanna grasslands and profuseness of wildlife at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is set to enthrall you. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River accentuates the charm of the park. Besides its scenic beauty, Kerala is famous for its delicately spiced scrumptious cuisine. The Kathakali dances, temple festivals and snake boat races frequently bring even its small villages to life. So if you are looking forward to spending your day by picturesque beaches, Kerala is a must visit destination.
When to go
September to March is the best season to visit Kerala when the weather is pleasant.