Tourism of Kerala

Backwaters

    Backwaters refer to the large inland lakes of Kerala, consisting of the entire network of lakes, canals, estuaries and curious water formations. The backwaters of Kerala stretch over 1900 kms, providing drinking water and irrigating paddy fields. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in theHouse boat backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages.
 For an enthralling Chithari River and intensive experience on the backwaters, one should take a rigorous ride on a ferry from Kollam to Alapuzha, lasting about 8 hours. A cruise between Alapuzha and Changanasserry could be an unforgettable experience.
    Backwaters host many special events during August -September. The electrifying races by carved wooden boats set the backwaters on fire. The 'Nehru Boat Race' is the most exciting of all the boat races, held in the second Saturday of August. During the 'Onam' festival including the spectacular Aranmula boat race, are conducted in the Alapuzha region.

Beaches

    Kerala enjoys an extraordinary kinship with the sea. Mythically born from it, the gentle swirls of pristine translucent waters can ever be heard pampering the land. By virtue of having most of India's finest beaches, Kerala offers surf and sand like no other place. Though extremly popular worldwide, the beaches remain strangely unspoilt and bewitching. Beach
The beaches of Kerala have a character unique to them. Because of the wide acres of sumptuous palm groves bordering them. The cool breeze that blows on the beaches will work like balm to your soul.
Kappad beach is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels. The rock studded, pleasant beach is locally known as Kappakadavu.
Then comes the Bekal which has one of the most enchanting beaches of Kerala. A fort (Bekal Fort) projecting into the sea offers a spectacular view of the Kovalam Beach surroundings.
Alapuzha has a long, sandy and spectacular beach. Bordered by dense palm groves at one end and an ancient towering lighthouse at the other, the Alapuzha beach is a delight for your eyes.
Kovalam is one of India's internationally renowned beaches. Popular since 1930, Kovalam consists of three successive crescent shaped beaches. A sheltered natural bay, Kovalam beach is Juxtaposed between serene blue waters of the Arabian Sea and an expansive spread of luxuriant palm groves.

Hill Station

    The western and the southern mountain ranges of Kerala are your destination for an intimate rendezvous with nature. Munnar Lake Towering mountains and hills adorn the state like a celestial crown. They are the setting for rare flora and fauna that are the hallmark of a tropical forest. Some of the forests of Kerala are so dense that even the brave at heart wouldn't dare set his foot there. Also don't miss the unique experience of seeing the giant yet timid elephants regaling in there natural surroundings. Trek on the mountains layered by a vast spread of emerald tea and coffee plantations can be an exhilarating experience.

Munnar is 55 Km from Idukki town.Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and kundala. 1600 m above sea level.Tea plantation
Ponmudi 16 Km from city. An idyllic hill resort with narrow, windiung pathways and coo, green, woonded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 m above sea level.
Vythri is 100 km from Kozhikode. Tucked away at the north eastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little station about 1300 m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations.

Wild Sanctuaries

Kerala is blessed with rich flora and fauna. Wildlife sancuaries of Kerala are haven to a number of endangered animals and birds. The jungles are mysterious, fascinating and scenic. Tiger
Located near Sulthan Bathery is the crowning glory of the biological heritage of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary . In the dense, moist deciduous forests are found a heterogeneous population of elephants, tigers, jungle cats, civet cats, bison, pea cock, wood pecker and other animals and birds. A variety of tribal groups too live in the outskirts of the forest.


Silent Valley National Park 40 km from Mannarghat. Deers Elephants, tigers, wild boars, flying squirrels, lion tailed macaques and king cobras are the main attractions. Despite its name, the Silent Valley (the clamour of Cicadas is conspicuously absent) echoes with the sound of teeming wildlife. The denizens of this sprawling habitat of endangered virgin tropical forests include rare birds deer and tiger. Perhaps nowhere else can one also find such a representative collection of peninsular mammals, over a 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moths and other animals like the Celon frog moth, great Indian hornbill, the Nilgiri laughing thrush and the lion tailed macaque.
One of the world's most fascinating wildlife sanctuaries, Thekkady is noted for its geomorphology, wildlife and scenic beauty. Thekkady elephants The Periyar Tiger Reserve attracts travelers from all over the world. 360 sq. km of the 777 sq. km. of the sanctuary is covered with forests. The 26 sq km artificial lake formed by the Idukki Dam across the Periyar river offers boating facilities. This is the only sanctuary in India where the wild elephant can be observed and photographed at close quarters from the safety of a boat. A boat cruise on the lake is perhaps the best way to watch the wildlife in the reserve.