Short Vacations in Kerala
Kerala is not called the ‘God’s Own Country’ for nothing; the state, even if it is small, is full of tourist places ranging from pristine beaches to awesome cities. A trip to Kerala can really help you relax and rejuvenate yourself; the climate is amiable, the people friendly, and the food delicious.
Here, we shall take a look at some of the more famous tourist destinations in Kerala, each one of which will give you a unique experience:
Munnar – The Hill Station
Munnar is a fascinating little town located in the Idukki district, around 120 km from Kochi. Getting there can be a bit tiring, owing to the winding drive; so best avail a Kochi to Munnar taxi. The town has also been christened the ‘Swiss of South India’ by the tourists; that should give you a fair idea about its beauty.
The major factors that attract tourists are the mesmerizing greenery, mountains, calmness, lakes and waterfalls in the surrounding area. This attracts many tourists, predominantly honeymooners to the hill station. Some of the major tourist destinations in Munnar include Anamudi, Top Station, Devikulam and Echo Point. Also, Munnar is home to the Neelakurinji, which blooms once in twelve years.
Sabarimala – The Pilgrimage
Sabarimala is the most famous pilgrimage center in Kerala, and among the most visited ones in South India. The temple is located around 160 km from Kochi, so availing a Kochi to Sabarimala taxi is the best way to get there. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, and attracts around 5 crore pilgrims every year. It also has a history of more than five millennia, and it is said that Lord Parashurama himself installed the idol atop the Sabari Hill. Going to Sabarimala can be a fulfilling experience; you have to trudge up the hill barefoot, holding an offering to Lord Ayyappa.
Aleppey – The Heritage Spot
Located towards the southern part of the state, Aleppey or Alappuzha is a magnificent mix of backwaters and beaches. The town itself was called the ‘Venice of the East’, owing to the network of canals that criss-cross the area. The town is close to the Vembanad Lake, which is among the most famous tourist destinations in India. A houseboat cruise on the Vembanad is something you will never forget. A trip to Alleppey is well worth it, owing to the lush paddy fields, canals, towering coconut trees and the shimmering waters in and around the city.
Kovalam – The Beach
A beach to compete with the much-heralded beaches of Goa, Kovalam is the better alternative, since it is less crowded compared to its northern counterparts. The beach is located towards the southern part of the state, so car rental in Kochi would be a great idea to peruse.
Often called the ‘Paradise of the South’, Kovalam offers a great experiences, with towering coconut trees bordering the beach. It was transformed by the arrival of hippies in the early eighties, and has since be known for the laidback experience it provides. It is ideal for lazing about under the sun, or for water sports like kayaking, surfing and water skiing.
No doubt, Kerala is a goldmine no matter what your forte is; so get packing, and visit these places to enjoy that much needed vacation!