Top 15 Recommended Hangouts in Kerala

From the breathtaking Arabian sea on one side to the serene and magical backwaters on other, Kerala is filled with the treasure of natural bounty lush with greeneries and lofty hills. Truly a divine place, it has been rightly accredited with God’s own country and offers an array of experiences to the travelers. No matter how many times you have been there, there’s always something new to try!

 #1 Visit Silent valley national Park

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Silent Valley National Park – Is located in the Nilgiri hills, Palakkad and is a part of the tropical evergreen forests in India. This region is considered as the least explored place of the Western Ghats. 
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#2 Houseboat Cruise in KumarakomImage

A cruise on the placid Vembanad lake in Kumarakom offers breathtaking views of the sprawling paddy fields, small coir villages, a variety of birds and the opportunity to witness the rural lifestyle in Kerala. The well- equipped houseboats ensures a leisurely cruise and a cozy stay amidst the waters. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals of Kumarakom.
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#3 Visit Nelliampathi
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Nelliyampathi is an enchanting hill station positioned at a distance of 60 km from Palakkad and is situated at an altitude of 1585 meters above the sea level on the Western Ghats. The green lush forests covering the whole hill area, coffee, tea, cardamom, vegetable and orange plantations, water falls and the misty and cool climate of Nelliyampathi offers a delightful vacation for the tourists.
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#4 Visit Ponmudi Hill Station

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Ponmudi hill station is located at a distance of 61 kilometers from Trivandrum .This hill station is commonly called as the Golden Peak which is 1110m altitude above sea level. Dense tropical forests and sloppy hills makes this place an absolute grandeur.
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#5 Visit Gavi

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Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven near Thekkady in Kerala in the Pathanamthitaa district where you can escape to wilderness. This is one of those rare places in the world where with every turn and sight you encounter nature at its unadulterated best – sprawling grasslands, cascading waterfalls, hills and valleys with its dear inhabitants and eco friendly tourism practices. Owing to its abundant and magnificent wildlife reserves and raw geographical milieu, a major portion of the tourists here are either nature lovers or adventurists. 
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 #6 Visit Bekal Fort 

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Located about 16 km South of Kasaragod, the imposing fort at Bekal is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons, couple of centuries ago 

#7 Visit Kovalam Beach

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Kovalam, meaning a grove of coconut trees, is a small fishing beachvillage near the capital city of Trivandrum in the state of Kerala. Tranquil and flamboyant, Kovalam beach has always caught the attention of tourists for their soft sands, pristine water, rock-strewn headland and coconut trees. With gentle waves making their presence, it is a perfect destination for swimming and fun-ridden water activities. With coral reefsdotting the sides of these beaches, the available vistas at the Kovalam beach remain truly unparallel.
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# 8 Visit Wayanad

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Nestled among the lush green forests of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is a mesmerizing hill station in Kerala. The breathtaking natural scenery of the land is a rich medley of spice plantations, rice paddies, ancient ruins, hills, mountain caves, streams, rivers and native tribes. The hidden waterfalls playing hide and seek in the luxuriant green mountains, the abundance of splendid flora and fauna, the cool climatic conditions and miles and miles of scenic plantation add to the beauty of this exotic place.
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 #9 A Visit to the tea estates in Munnar

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Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala and has been known as ‘Kashmir of South’. On your visit to Munnar, explore the tea estates of the region and get to know all about the tea-making process. Pluck fresh green leaves from the gardens and enjoy a variety of flavors of tea. Take a walk in the greenery of the plantation with sweet aroma of fresh tea leaves in the air. It is truly a refreshing experience.
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#10 Visit Muzhappilangad Drive in Beach

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Located parallel to National Highway 17 between Kannur and Thalassery, Muzhappilangad is the largest drive – in beach in Asia. The beach falls in Muzhappilangad, which is a small coastal village in Knanur district. 
One of the important tourist attraction, the Beach Festival is celebrated in the month of April. The youth also try many driving stunts in cars like drifting and wheeling in bikes as this is a paradise for driving along the shore. Approximately 100-200 meter south of the beach there is a private island called Dharmadam Island. It is possible to walk to the island during low tide.
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 #11 visit Varkala Beach

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Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. 
Owing to its beauty, Varkala beach is counted among the top 10 seasonal beaches of the world by Discovery Channel. There are many places to explore at and around Varkala beach. It is world-famous for sage beaches and cliffs. Home to many historical buildings, it is considered as an important heritage center. You can take bath in the fresh water available at the beach from the cliff, providing a delightful experience. If sources are to be believed, a bath here wipes away all your sin.

#12 Visit Fort Kochi

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To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. If you can smell the past, nothing can stop you from walking through these streets.
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#13 Visit Alappuzha Beach

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Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors.
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#14 Visit Bolghatty Palace

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Near the historic town of Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district, the commercial capital of Kerala, is the Bolghatty Island. This lush, lovely island is famous for its palace of the same name. The palace, overlooking Lake Vembanad, is one of the oldest Dutch palaces outside Netherlands. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) took over the management of the property and converted it into a heritage hotel.
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#15 Visit Hill View Park, Idukki

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Set at a very high altitude, the park offers breathtaking views of the scenery around. True to its title it offers a panoramic view of a large area than one can experience from any high mountain park. Scene of Wild elephants in their natural habital enthrills the visitor. This park is situated adjacent to both Idukki Arch Dam and Cheruthony Dam. Spread over an area of 8 acres of land this aesthetically designed park has a natural water body at the hill top and pedal boating facility is available here. The herbal garden and children’s play area are added attractions. A visit to this park makes Idukki visit a memorable one.
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