23 Best Scenic Places in Kerala


Pilgrimage | Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

Kottayam is a city located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. It is one of the well known places to visit as part of Kerala Tour Packages. About 63 km from Kochi and 155 km from Trivandrum, the city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber.

Being a mountainous region with scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples, and churches make this place an attractive tourist destination. The Poonjar Palace, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Pallippurathu Kavu, Thiruverpu Temple, Mary Church (Cheriyapally), and Thazhathangady Juma Masjid are the must include places in Kottayam tour packages. It is also a gateway to the famous Sabarimala Temple.

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Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 52 km from Coimbatore, 140 km from Kochi, 65 km from Thrissur and 336 km from Trivandrum, Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. Palakkad, the Granary of Kerala, is one of the top Kerala tourist places.

Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (a tree Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Palakkad is considered as the gateway to Kerala from the north.

The history of Palakkad dates back to the Paleolithic period; several megalithic relics have been found in the region. During the second and third centuries, the Pallavas of Kanchi probably invaded the present region of Palakkad. The Perumals and then .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 119 km from Kochi, 67 km from Alleppey, 62 km from Kottayam, 96 km from Tenkasi, 109 km from Trivandrum, 162 km from Tirunelveli, 197 km from Kanyakumari and 238 km from Madurai, Pathanamthitta is a beautiful town and the administrative capital of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. Also known as the pilgrim capital of Kerala, Pathanamthitta is the main transport hub to the famous pilgrim center - Sabarimala and also one of the popular tourist places in Kerala.

It is situated in Central Travancore region of Kerala, close to the Western Ghats. Pathanamthitta town is located on the banks of Achankovil and three major rivers of Kerala - Achankovil, Pamba & Manimala flow through the district. Pathanamthitta is a combination of two words Pathanam and Thitta which means an .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 41 km from Munnar, 70 km from Palani, 90 km from Idukki, 115 km from Valparai, 116 km from Coimbatore, 131 km from Dindigul, 164 km from Kochi, 168 km from Meghamalai, 172 km from Thrissur, 175 km from Kottayam, 190 km from Madurai, and 298 km from Trivandrum, Marayoor or Marayur is a scenic place situated in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is one of the popular historical sites in Kerala and among the best places to visit as part of Munnar Tour Packages.

Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Marayoor is a pre-historic site and also the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. This scenic town claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 BC. It is also home to a later period of large-scale dolmen-buildings. As per the history, people of Tamil Nadu have migrated to this area when the Madurai king Thirumalainaicker was defeated by Tippu Sultan in the 18th century AD. They created five villages - Kanthalloor, Keezhanthur, .....


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 10 Kms from Munnar Bus Station, Mattupetty Dam is one of the most scenic places in Munnar situated on Top Station Road. This is one of the best places to visit in Munnar and also a great place to experience the beauty of Munnar along with boating. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Munnar packages.

Constructed in 1953, the lake and dam surrounded by wooden hills and tea plantations, makes a great view. Boating in the Mattupetty Lake is a memorable experience. If possible, hire an exclusive speed boat. Often, elephants from surrounded forest take bath in the waters of the lake and watching them (while boating) is a pleasant experience. This place is also famous for Eucalyptus Oil, which is sold near the dam. The tea plantations enroute the Dam might be crowded with visitors rushing .....


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 9 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station, Malampuzha Dam is a large irrigation dam built on Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathapuzha River at the base of the hills of the Western Ghats. The reservoir provides drinking water to Palakkad town.

There is a beautiful well laid garden near the Dam. There are lush green lawns, innumerable flower beds, glittering pools, fountains and avenues. There is a fresh water aquarium, Snake Park and a Children's park with a toy train. The Garden house has a unit of Water sports also. The imposing concrete sculpture of YAKSHI, the passenger ropeway, first of its kind in South India, offers adventurous and delightful air journey of 20 minutes across the garden are added attractions of the park. A telescopic tower, the first rock garden and the first amusement park of Kerala Fantasy Park are also located at Malampuzha. The reservoir has boating and fishing facilities.

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM. Ropeway Timings: 10 AM - 1 PM & 2:30-8 .....


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

Kuttanad is a region in Alappuzha district that is known as 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' for the vast paddy fields. With seven rivers flowing through it (Pampa, Manimala, Achencoil, Meenachil, Moovattupuzha, Chalackudy & Periyar), Kuttanad is breathtakingly beautiful. Kuttanad is also popular as an ideal place for Kerala backwaters trip in a houseboat. It is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi & Alappuzha. Kuttanad is one of the very few places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.

The most popular route taken to explore Kuttanad is the Alappuzha - Changanassery route. This road takes you through the heart of Kuttanad region demonstrating the daily life of people in the region. The possible activities for the tourists in this region are to visit villages and enjoy the daily life of villagers, walk along .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 16 km from Kalpetta & 4 km from Pookote Lake, Lakkidi is small hill station situated at the highest point in the Wayanad district. Located at an altitude of about 700 m, Lakkidi gets about 600 cm rainfall annually, making it one of the highest rainfall regions in Kerala and also one of the prime Wayanad tourist places to visit.

Often referred as 'the gateway of Wayanad', Lakkidi is located at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass, which features over 9 hairpin curves that start at Adivaram (downhill). The 12 km long ghat road from Adivaram to Lakkidi passing through thick forest leaves a wonderful experience. The lush green hills, gorges and streams on both sides of the passage up the hill are breathtaking sights to the visitors.

This beautiful hill town has a number of scenic locations and enchanting viewpoints. Lakkidi Viewpoint .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 32 Kms from Munnar, Top Station is a breathtakingly beautiful place on Kerala - Tamilnadu boarder. From here, one can get 360 degrees view of the Western Ghats. This is one of the best Munnar tourist places and among the prime place to visit on a Munnar tour.

At an altitude of 2200 meters, this place is also known for the Neelakurunji Plant, which flowers only once every 12 years (next flowering year is 2018). The view point is at a distance of 2 kms from the road point and has to be trekked down. The trek path is very steep with deep valleys one side. One should be very careful while trekking to the view point, which offers lifetime memories. Top Station is the highest approachable road in South India.

The viewpoint at Top Station offers breathtakingly beautiful views of Kannan Devan Hills. The valleys all around, the misty mountains and distant waterfalls all .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 40 Kms from Idukki, 38 Kms from Kumily, 57 Kms from Munnar, 15 Kms from Nadumkandam & 18 Kms from Kambam (on NH220 towards Palani), Ramakkalmedu is a lovely tourist place with rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air.

The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Kambam and surrounding places on the slope of the Western Ghats. Kerala Tourism Department has provided additional facilities for tourists with resting points & statues of Kuravan & Kurathi (local tribes) at Ramakkalmedu.

Ramakkalmedu is also a great trekking destination. The view point on top of the hill is the highest point in this area, which can be reached by 3-4 Kms trek from the Ramakkalmedu Junction.

This place is connected by bus service from Munnar, Kottayam and Ernakulam.


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 47 Kms from Coimbatore and 51 Kms from Palakkad, Siruvani Dam is a wonderful place located in thick forest in Palakkad district of Kerala state.

Build across Siruvani River in 1927, the Siruvani Reservoir is the main source of drinking water to the city of Coimbatore. The water of Siruvani Reservoir are famous for the sweatness. People of Coimbatore are very fond of this water, some even carry the water when travel outstation.

Surrounded by Muthikulam Hill, the scenic beauty of Siruvani is simply enchanting. Boating facility is not available in this lake since it's the source of drinking water.

This place is connected by frequent buses from Coimbatore city.


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 16 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Paravur is a beautiful place with the combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters and vast green fields. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala and also a popular place for houseboat trip in Kerala backwaters.

Paravur has the largest natural Backwater lakes in South Asia. Boating, Fishing (with prior permission), Swimming & Surfing are the important activities at Paravur. Paravoor is also famous for handloom weaving.

There are many other attractions in and around Paravur including Puttingal Temple & Puthenkulam Elephant Village (5 kms from Paravur, where around 50 Eelephants are given shelter).


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 13 km from Mananthavady, 26 km from Kalpetta, 35 km from Irupu Falls & 32 km from Sulthan Bathery, Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruva Dweep, is a protected river delta in Wayanad district of Kerala. Kuruva Dweep is being developed as eco-tourism project and is one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad.

Kuruva Island is a cluster of small islands formed by the delta in the River Kabini and is spread over 950 acres of uninhabited area. These are true natural islands with no other activities. Kuruva Island is densely populated with rich flora and fauna. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the main attraction of the island apart from its breathtaking natural beauty. Several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes. Other unique features of these islands are the bridges made .....


Wildlife | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 62 Kms from Kochi and 13 Kms from Kothamangalam, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary located in Thattekkad is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India. Spread across 25 Sq. Kms at the foothills of Western Ghats in Ernakulam District, the sanctuary lies across the Periyar River. This sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi and among the popular wildlife sanctuaries in India.

The entrance to the sanctuary lies across the bridge at Thattekkad. The guides can be hired at Assistant Wildlife Office near the entrance gate. The sanctuary is home for about 300 species of birds including Peninsular Bay Owl, Ceylon Fragmouth, Malabar Gray Hornbill, Crested Serpaent Eagle, Rose-Billed Roller, etc. There is a deer park inside the sanctuary. Adjacent to the deer park, the Taxidermic Museum showcases the denizens of the region.

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Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 7 km from Peermade and 25 km from Thekkady, Parunthumpara is a hill top situated at Perunthumpara village in Idukki district of Kerala. Situated between Thekkady & Peerumedu, it is one of the top places to visit in Thekkady.

Also known as Eagle Rock, Parunthumpara Viewpoint is located in one of the beautiful mountain top near Peermade. The word parunthu denotes Eagle and para denotes rock and so it is called as Perunthumpara because of a large area around like an eagle. The viewpoint provides a spectacular 360 degree view of Peerumedu hills and the surrounding plains. On a sunny day, one can get the view of the Sabarimala forests and Periyar Tiger Reserve. Sabarimala devotees visit the area to witness makarajyothi, making it a busy place during the pilgrimage season. During winter the hilltop will be under mist which may reduce the visibility.

Parunthumpara is a perfect choice for those who wish to have a holiday off the beaten track and to explore the unseen .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 13 km from Payyanur and 25 km from Kannur, Madayi Para or Madayipara is a flat topped hillock located in the Madayi village of Kannur district of Kerala. On the bank of Kuppam River, Madayipara is renowned as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire state of Kerala.

Often called as the land of flowers, Madayipara is typical of the laterite foot hills of the Western Ghats. With a luxuriant variety of 300 flowering plants and more than 30 species of thick grass, Madayipara is no less than a heaven for nature lovers. This mystical land is one that changes its appearance with the seasons. The spring decorates the entire hillock in a spectacular carpet of blue, pink, yellow and white flowers throughout the terrain which is a glorious sight to behold. As the summer approaches, the hillock turns into a glamorous golden field filled with knee-high grass. The place is dotted with leaves that paint the field a raging crimson red in autumn while the monsoons decorate .....


Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 80 km from Kottayam, 26 km from Kumily, 128 km from Kochi and 184 km from Trivandrum, Peermedu is a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala. Also known as Peermade, It is fertile land at an altitude of 915 m in the Western Ghats between Kuttikkanam and Thekkady. Peermedu is slowly becoming a popular option among Kerala Hill Stations.

The town takes its name from Peer Mohammed, a Sufi Saint who is believed to have been the first trader of spices in the region and close associate of the royal family of Travancore. Peermade once served as the summer retreat for the Rajas of Travancore and the palace here is an important monument.

The landscape of Peermedu includes spectacular waterfalls, rubber plants, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations, open grass lands and pine forests. The cloud covered hilltops and lush greenery make this an ideal place for a weekend trip. .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 12 km from Palakkad & 60 km from Coimbatore, Dhoni Hills is a reserve forest and a scenic place with several natural treasures. The Hills are adjacent to the Malampuzha Reservoir.

Dhoni Hills is a wonderful destination for trekking. At a distance of 3 Kms from Dhoni Hills, Azhakampara waterfall is a splendid place amidst scenic beauty. The water drops from a steep rock mountain from a height of xx feet. The falls can be reached by 4 Kms trek from bottom of the hills through steep mountain path.

Dhoni provides trekkers the opportunity to explore its hilly terrains. Its lush green surroundings are a pleasure to watch. Dhoni is also famous for its farmhouse, harboring hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety.


Lake & Backwater | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 34 Kms from Palakkad, Kanjirapuzha Dam is a fascinating dam surrounded by hills with rich natural beauty.

The reservoir is surrounded by an evergreen forest named Vettilachola. Three islands at all sides of the reservoir gain a special attraction. These islands are abundant with marine life including commercial varieties grown by the fisheries department.

There is a wonderful garden at bottom of the dam with several facilities. Boating facilities is also available in the reservoir.


Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of around 5 km from Idukki Bus Station, 53 km from Munnar, 107 km from Kochi & 130 km from Alappuzha, Painavu is a cute hill resort and also the headquarters of Idukki district. This is one of the popular weekend getaways from Munnar & Kochi.

Painavu is an important commercial center and a popular tourist hot spot in Idukki. At an altitude of 3,900 feet, Painavu is situated inside the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also home to several State Government institutions such as Civil Station, and Government Engineering College, Idukki.

The place is popular for its pleasing ambience and picturesque location. This is a stopover for visitors, who travel to Idukki Arch Dam, Cheruthoni Dam and Kulamavu. Boats are available from here for cruises between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. In winter and rainy seasons elephants can be spotted moving on the roads. Surrounded by pristine forests .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 35 km from Munnar, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is a sprawling tea plantation situated at Kottagudi village in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. Located near Munnar, it is one of the most beautiful tea estates in India and among the must-visit places as part of Munnar Tour Packages.

At an altitude of 7900 feet, Kolukkumalai is the world's highest elevation tea plantation and one of the premier South Indian industries in India. This tea estate is a part of Tamil Nadu but Munnar is the most popular gateway to Kolukkumalai tea estate. The estate was built-up by the British from 1920 to 1927 with the assistant of Chettiar Brothers belonging to Bodinayakkanur, Tamilnadu, India. Sprawling over an area of 81 hectares, the estate was run by the Chettiar Brothers from 1935 to 1971. Thereafter, Chettiar brothers transferred their rights to AJ Group in 1971. Since 1971 the estate is being looked after by the AJ Group.

The Kolukkumalai Tea Estate produces tea using the orthodox .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 39 km from Munnar, Kallippara Sunset Point is a beautiful viewpoint situated at Vathikudy near Munnar, Kerala. It is one of the best viewpoints in Munnar and among the prime places to visit in Munnar.

If you like to go for an off-road drive, head towards Kallippara where you experience the panoramic views of orange-red sunset skies, Anayirangal Dam and the soaking mist. One can reach Kallippara on a 4WD jeep through the lush cardamom forests. The ride takes about 20 minutes and this is followed by a 30-minute trek uphill to the sunset point, which is one of the most adventurous activities to do in Munnar. Also, the uphill trek with the view of greenery interrupted with gushing streams in the valleys below, and a culmination at the Shola sunset point is an ecstatic activity. And, this is the perfect way to end your day.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free


Waterfall | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 40 km from Ponmudi and 43 km from Trivandrum, Manakayam is an eco-tourism spot situated near Palode in Nedumangadu taluk of Trivandrum district, Kerala. It is one of the popular eco-tourism places near Trivandrum and among the top places to visit in and around Ponmudi.

Mankayam eco-tourism center is situated at Peringamala Section in Palode Forest Range under Thiruvananthapuram Forest Division. The Mankayam River, a tributary of Chittar River, flows through this scenic tourist spot. Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Mankayam acts as the focal point for a huge array of picnic spots in the area.

Situated at an altitude of around 500 m, Manakayam is known for its picturesque milky cascades. The undulating terrain with rocky patches shelters the Kalakkayam Waterfall, one of the biggest falls in this .....

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