Kerala Tourist Destinations
Major tourist destinations in Kerala are:
The destination, other ways known as Queen of Arabian Sea, can rightly be called the industrial capital of the state of Kerala, and is a real Cosmopolitan city. Cochin is one of the finest natural harbors in the world and one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Kerala with attractions such as Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets etc.
Aleppey the place which is listed as one of the 10 must see places in the world by National Geographic Magazine because of it richness of Back waters, Beaches, farming and Village life. The place is known as Venice of the East for its intertwining waterways has Kuttanad, known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, nearby, with small villages, paddy fields and Asia’s biggest Lake Vembanadu Lake.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the centre of attraction at this hill station town.
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady has one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.
Munnar formerly known as the High Range of Travancore set amid south India’s most spectacular mountain region 1542 meters above from sea level. Major attractions here are Tea Plantations, Mattupaty Dam, Top station, Echo point and Rajamalai. Munnar is one of the highest tea growing centers in the world. With its cooler climate and lush greenery all around, Munnar is the quintessential hill station in Kerala.
A Beach paradise with boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and unwinding miles of fine sand washed by surf, which roars and hisses at the feet of coconut palms, Kovalam is a sheltered natural bay. It is one of the early developed tourist attractions in Kerala, with world class hospitality services available. Rated among the most sought after tropical beaches in Asia, Kovalam offers holidays matching any other destination in the world.
This is a back water resort town near Kottayam. House boats and backwater cruises are the major activities here. The town has a number of high-end resorts and traditional Kerala home stays. There is also a bird sanctuary in Kumarakom.
Wayanadu presents probably the most unique and tranquil picture of wildlife in Kerala. It is a perfect destination for trekking, wild life experiences, botanical researches and learning tribal cultures. It also has anthropologically significant monuments and heritage canters. Attappady, Tholpetty, Edakkal, Thirunelly and Ambalavayal are some of the major places of tourist interest in Wayanadu.
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