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Places to visit in Kerala

There are so many wonderful places to visit in Kerala which you could be enjoying on a specially designed Kerala holiday. Visit the stunning Western Ghats and the Munnar tea plantations, explore the wonderful Periyar National Park with the opportunity to see amazing wildlife including elephants, indulge in some retail therapy and captivating culture in cosmopolitan Cochin, relax on one of the many idyllic Kerala beaches and of course the highlight of any trip cruise the famous Kerala backwaters on a private houseboat.

Deciding which places to visit in Kerala

Renowned for its scenic locations and natural beauty, Kerala is sure to enchant any visitor with its hills, backwaters, beaches, waterfalls and wildlife. The state also has a rich heritage and thriving culture which can be explored by visiting the various forts, palaces, museums, monuments and pilgrim centers. 

Tips for the first time visitor to Kerala

Kerala is an incredibly diverse state with an endless list of tourist destinations to explore so it can be difficult deciding where to go. It is a large state and most visitors choose to visit either the popular region of south Kerala or the lesser known Malabar coast and north Kerala. Travel distances tend to be longer than in the UK so our tips for the first time visitor with a week to 10 days to travel are to include the following must see places in south Kerala:

  • The cosmopolitan city of Cochin and Fort Kochi
  • Mountainous Western Ghats and the Munnar tea plantations
  • Periyar and it's amazing natural park
  • Kerala backwaters and a stay on a private houseboat

And if you have longer why not include

  • A visit to the temple town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu
  • Some relaxing time on one of the many beaches

For an idea of the geography please refer to the map of south India.

Places to visit in South Kerala

If you're visiting this exotic region for the first time, a classic Kerala itinerary with visits to the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, the Western Ghats and Munnar tea plantations, the Periyar National Park plus an overnight stay on a traditional houseboat is a great place to start. If you have a little longer a stay at one of Kerala's beautiful beaches is also recommended.

Places to visit in North Kerala

If you fancy exploring a less trodden path now is the time to travel to North Kerala and the Malabar coast. With great places to visit from the stunning mountains of the Western Ghats to beautiful sandy beaches, North Kerala offers the chance to discover amazing culture and rituals, to step back in time and experience traditional village life, to witness wonderful wildlife in its natural setting or simple relax on a glorious beach. 

Places to visit near Kerala

There are some great places to visit near Kerala, close by in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka which have their own culture and experiences to enjoy. If you have time why not enhance your holiday with a visit to the temple town of Madurai, travel to the hill station of Ooty and relish a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway or discover incredible wildlife in the award winning Nagarhole National Park.

The best way to travel around Kerala

The best way to travel around Kerala is on a tailor made tour which has been designed to meet your exact requirements. Enjoy the luxury of having your own private driver and discover Kerala at your own pace. Simply let us know how long you have, if there are any particular places you would like to visit, experiences you would like to explore and the style of hotel you'd like to stay in.  Then leave it to us to develop your perfect Kerala itinerary.

The tours below are just examples to help inspire you.

Indulge in a hobby or interest when visiting Kerala

If you're planning to visit Kerala this is a great area to indulge in your favourite pastimes with many interests catered for. Choose from special interest and activity holidays such as cookery courses, bird watching or cycling. Or maybe enjoy one of the many cultural events and art festivals. It is also home to ayurveda and yoga retreats offering an amazing selection of wellness holidays.

Places to stay in Kerala

Boutique hotels, luxury houseboats, converted historical buildings, gorgeous tropical beach hideaways and upscale eco-friendly properties are some of the wonderful places you can stay. Whereever you travel in Kerala the choice and quality of accommodation is superb.

The hotels listed below are a small selection of what's on offer. Large chain hotels are available but most of our guests prefer beautiful properties which reflect the distinct atmosphere of their location and offer excellent levels of service. Please speak to one of our consultants for tempting possibilities in the places you wish to visit in Kerala.



If you're feeling inspired take a look at a wonderful range of Kerala Holiday Packages or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.