With its sparkling backwaters, greenery, and delicious food scene, Kerala has a pull that draws travellers from across the globe. According to the Hindu Mythology, the land of Kerala was created by Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the reason behind why the state is often known as ‘God’s Own Country’.
Amid its rolling verdant hills, tourists find several serene travel destinations that see less crowds. There are places that go unexplored and overshadowed by popular attractions. If you are a globetrotter looking to set foot on the less-trodden path, this off-beat travel guide to Kerala is the one for you.
Nelliyampathy is among the lesser frequented Palakkad tourist places. Home to cloud-caressed peaks, deep valleys, and thunderous waterfalls, this quaint hill station is a sight for sore eyes. Its lush forest gushes with the breeze, proudly presenting unspoiled landscape that is home to over two hundred species of birds and ninety species of butterfly. Trekking in the area offers occasional sightings of langurs, elephants, bison, and deer.
Perched at 2,695 meters, Anamudi is the highest point in South India and the pride of Kerala. Together with the Eravikulam National Park, it is home to the only-surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr. A trek to the peak offers sweeping views of immaculate river-ringed nature. It is perfect place to visit in Munnar for the nature-lover as well as thrill-seeker.
Silent Valley National Park
The national park is one of the best kept secrets of South India. Sheltered under a lush canopy of dense forest in the Nilgiri Hills, this UNESCO Heritage Site is a haven for rich wildlife. Its idyllic nature trails allow you to indulge in tranquil walking, bird watching, animal spotting, and nature photography.
Settled on a leafy island, Kumbalangi is an ideal hamlet for rural tourism in Kerala. Visit to take long walks in its thick mangrove forests, watch Chinese fishing nets, and experience traditional Keralan village life. The picturesque scenery here seems to have popped out of an artist’s canvas. It is a great place to sample no-frill local cuisine, take fishing trips, and watch golden sunsets/sunrise.
For the artist, aesthete, and history buff, Kilimanoor Palace is the place to visit in Kerala to draw inspiration. This unfrequented manor is the birthplace of acclaimed Indian Painter, Raja Ravi Varma. Nestled across 15-acres, the palace features ponds, wells, and courtyards. A part of the palace is still the residence of the royal people. Housed inside it is also a gallery teeming with a slew of Varma’s work.
The palm-pegged Marari Beach is a romantic getaway for honeymooners. When it comes to beaches in Kerala, people rush to Varkala or Kovalam, leaving Marari less crowded, pristine, and welcoming. Fringing the white sand shore are variety of heritage homes, boutique hotels, and luxury resorts to facilitate a relaxing holiday.
Tucked away at the northernmost tip of Kerala is the sleepy village of Neeleshwar. Wedged between two rivers with the Arabian Sea to its west, the quaint town boasts picture-perfect coastal landscape. Dotted with various wellness resorts, yoga centers, an ayurvedic spa, and houseboats, Neeleshwar is a heaven for those seeking to replenish. Located close to the fort in Bekal, the town serves as a peaceful and convenient base for day trips.
Written by Ajita Pandey
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