Its culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in India
About Kerala Tourism
Kerala is known as “Gods own Country” .Its culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala’s beaches, backwaters, lakes, mountain ranges, waterfalls, and wildlife sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international tourists.
Kochi is one of the primary destinations reached by the tourist. The region also has many old palaces, ancient ports, and religious institutions, including churches—from the 1st century CE, founded by Thomas the Apostle.
The most popular tourist attractions in the state are beaches, backwaters and hill stations. Major beaches are at Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Cherai etc .Popular hill stations are at Munnar, Wayanad, vagamon, Peermade, Thekkady.
Kerala's ecotourism destinations include wildlife sanctuaries and national parks: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Silent Valley National Park are the most popular among them.
The "backwaters" are an extensive network of interlocking rivers (41 west-flowing rivers), lakes, and canals that center around Alleppey (Allapuzha), Kumarakom, these destinations welcome with the boat house which is a major tourist attraction and honeymoon couples.
Kerala is accessible from any states
Air Transport - Reaching to Kerala is not a difficult thing. There are three airports in the state - Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Thiruvananthapuram is connected to most of the major airports in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. Kochi and Kozhikode are other two airports connected from air to other cities in India.
Road Transport - The state of Kerala is also easily to get by road from any part of the country. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh are some of the neighboring states that are easily connected to Kerala through roads. Every state is well connected with other parts of South India by a number of National Highways. Roads in Kerala are in much better shape than other states in India. Tourists often travel connecting the tourist destinations of Ooty, Kodaikanal,Madurai which is closer to Munnar.
Distance between Ooty to Munnar is 245 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 152 km covered in 6 h 24 min (242.9 km) via Udumalpet - Munnar Rd
The road distance between Kodaikanal to Munnar is 156 km, while the aerial distance from Kodaikanal to Munnar is 60 km covered in 4 h 27 min (162.6 km) via NH85
The road distance between Madurai to Munnar is 153 km, while the aerial distance from Madurai to Munnar is 116 km covered in 4 h 4 min (153.9 km) via NH85
Rail Transport - Rails are another excellent way of moving inside and from the outside Kerala. 200 Railway Stations dot the map of Kerala interconnecting the most of the places in and out of the state. Direct trains to Kerala can be availed from Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta and other major Indian cities.
Best Time to Visit Kerala
Winter (September - March) Winter season is the peak season of Kerala that starts in the month of September and ends in the month of March. During this season, the weather remains pleasant and cool which is perfect for a holiday at any of its destinations. It is a great time to explore the breathtaking beauty of the state. Pay a visit to view points at its hill stations, take a stroll at the beachesor lay back and enjoy at the backwaters. Winter season is perfect for a visit to any of the destinations of Kerala like Kumarakom, Alleppey, Varkala,Kozhikode and Thekkady
Summer (March - May) Summer season in Kerala begins in the month of March and continues till May. During the summer season, Kerala receives some rainfall and experiences hot and humid weather. However, it is not as bad as it sounds, thanks to the cool winds from Arabian Sea for the relief. It is a good time to enjoy beach activities at the beaches of Alleppey, Thiruvananthapuram or enjoy sightseeing at the attractions of Wayanad, Munnar.
Monsoon (June - August) Monsoons in Kerala arrive in the month of June and last till August. Heavy rains add a fresher look to entire state and make it more alluring. Thunderstorms are a common feature of this season. It is an ideal time for experiencing Ayurvedic treatments. Also, it is a good time to enjoy sightseeing at different destinations of Kerala like Idukki, Kovalam and Wayanad..
A guide on Kerala Tour Planning
Kerala is easily accessible from any states in India or for any inbound tourism.For any tourists reaching kerala needs to preferably begin from Cochin (Kochi) which is connected with the airport / railways /road ways. It is also the center point which will help tourists to enjoy more connecting tourist destinations like Munnar a beautiful hill station within a distance of 135 KM, a 4 hours drive from Cochin.The distance between Munnar and Thekkady is just 110 kms making it convenient for a Kochi to Munnar and Thekkady (Periyar Wild life, Boating etc) trip which is covered in 3 h 8 min (92.1 km) via SH19. The next nearest tourist destination is the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom . It is famous for houseboats with a 1 night stay fulfilling a complete tour package in Kerala.
As you are aware by now,the popular tour itinerary starts from Cochin (1 Night), Munnar (2 Nights), Thekkady (1 Night) and Alleppey/ Kumarakom (1 night) and ends back to cochin. This itinerary is suggested for honeymoon couples and families who want to enjoy the nature and cover the major Kerala tourist sightseeing with minimum travel between one Kerala Tourist Destination to the other.
The Kerala Tour without spending time in beach is almost incomplete especially travelling with kids .Towards South Kerala Alleppey has beautiful beaches and towards north Kerala Kovalam is thronged by both domestic and international tourists.
Before we plan the kerala tour towards North we should take note to book flight / railway which is closer to these destinations. If the tour ends at Kovalam , Thiruvananthapuram, kanyakumari etc the return flights needs to be booked from Thiruvananthapuram. In case you plan to enjoy a trekking at wayanad than calicut will be the nearest destinations to start or end the tour.Wayanad is often a connecting tourist destination between Coorg in Karnataka and Ooty in Tamilnadu. with in a travel duration of 2 to 3 hours.
The Popular tour itinerary starts from Cochin (1 night) , Munnar (2 nights), Thekkady (1 night), Alleppey / Kumarakom (1 night), Kovalam (1 night), you may extend a day trip to kanyakumari and get dropped at Thiruvananthapuram. The honeymoon package or family leisure trip covers the greeneries at Munnar and Thekkady. After overnight stay in the houseboat at Alleppey, a visit to the state capital and the famous beaches at Kovalam gives a exact meaning to your Kerala tour packages for family.and Kerala tour packages for couples
While we highlight and inform the tourist who wish to enjoy a long duration in the south India comprising of Kerala , Tamilnadu and Karnataka which are interconnected with nature within a travel duration of 3 to 6 hours . We promise, you will enjoy the beauty of south India with points of interest .
Like City tour of Bangalore , Historic and Gardens in Mysore , Beautiful hill stations of Coorg, in Bangalore, Wayanad, Munnar in Kerala, ooty, Kodaikanal In Tamilnadu.