Best places to visit in Kerala. Backpacking Kerala India.

 

Here is a list of some places to consider visiting so you can take in the best parts of Kerala!

 

 

1. Alleppey

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey backwaters. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

Kerala is most famous for its backwaters, and Alleppey is the main hub of these famous Kerala backwaters.

You can choose from a number of activities.

Go by canoe, kayak, bicycle, walking, public ferry, or houseboat!

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey backwaters village walk. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

And you can also get Kerala homestay food on a backwaters village tour.

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey backwaters village homestay food. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

And Alleppey not only has the best backwaters inland, but it has the beach too – Alleppey Beach.

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey Beach. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

2. Munnar

Best places to visit in Kerala. Munnar hills. Backpacking Kerala, India

Munnar is best known for tea plantations.

One of the most popular activities is a Munnar tea plantation trek that can include a walk through tea plantations and spice plantations, with a nice homestay meal to end the day.

 

3. Varkala

Best places to visit in Kerala. Varkala cliff beach. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kerala is known as the birthplace of ayurvedic medicine, which uses only natural remedies.

Varkala is a tourist hotspot for all things ayurveda, and you can find a number of ayurveda yoga retreats here.

This place is also famous for its cliff which has plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from so you can eat and drink with ocean views.

Best places to visit in Kerala. Varkala cliff. Backpacking Kerala, India

Varkala is also one of the famous beach towns of Kerala.

 

4. Fort Cochin

Best places to visit in Kerala. Fort Cochin. Backpacking Kerala, India

Walking or cycling around Fort Cochin will also give you a glimpse of Kerala’s colonial past.

Cochin can also be recognized in pictures from its famous Chinese fishing nets.

 

5. Thekkady – Kumily – Periyar

Best places to visit in Kerala: Thekkady, Periyar, Kumily. Backpacking Kerala, India

One of the biggest reasons Thekkady is popular is because it’s home to the Periyar National Park, which is also a wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve.

Kumily is the main town of this area.

You have lots of activities to choose from at the park, including a boat ride. If you’re lucky, you may spot an elephant in the wild!

 

6. Kovalam

Best places to visit in Kerala: Kovalam Beach. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kovalam is one of the most popular beach towns in Kerala.

There are plenty of beachside restaurants here so you can enjoy some food or drink with some ocean views.

 

7. Munroe Island

Best places to visit in Kerala: Munroe Island backwaters homestay. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

You go to Munroe Island for the backwaters, and it serves as a quieter alternative to the Alleppey backwaters.

You can make the most of your time here by staying at one of the many Munroe Island homestays on the island.

At the homestay, you can have opportunities for a bicycle ride, village walk, and sunrise canoe tour around the Kerala backwaters.

And most importantly, you’ll have opportunities to eat good Kerala food!

 

8. Trivandrum

Best places to visit in Kerala: Trivandrum. Backpacking Kerala, India

Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala.

One of the noteworthy places to visit in Trivandrum is the Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is known as one of the richest temples in the world.

 

9. Meesapulimala Peak

Best places to visit in Kerala. Meesapulimala Peak trek, Munnar hills, Western Ghats. Backpacking Kerala, India

Heading inland takes you towards the Western Ghats which is distinguished as a UNESCO world heritage area with a mountain range that’s older than the Himalayas.

It’s possible to reach the second highest peak in Kerala by signing up for the Meesapulimala Trek through the Kerala forest department.

You can access the Meesapulimala Trek from Munnar.

 

10. Kollam

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey to Kollam ferry. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

Kollam is best known to travelers for the tourist ferry that starts or ends here, depending on which direction you’re going.

The Alleppey to Kollam tourist ferry is a full day activity that makes a stop for a traditional Kerala meal for lunch.

Take this ferry when you’re traveling from Alleppey to Varkala, or in the other direction from Varkala to Alleppey.

 

11. Amritapuri

Best places to visit in Kerala. Amma's ashram. Alleppey to Kollam ferry. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

Amritapuri is home to the spiritual center of Amma’s ashram.

Amma is an international humanitarian who is also known as the hugging mother, and she has followers all around the world.

You can also get here by taking the Alleppey to Kollam ferry.

 

12. Kumarakom

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey to Kumarakom ferry. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

Kerala is home to many colorful birds, and if you’re lucky, you can spot some of them at the bird sanctuary in Kumarakom.

This area is also known as another alternative to Alleppey for its backwaters, although it’s considered to be more expensive here.

You can also make this a day trip from Alleppey by taking the bus to Muhamma and then a ferry to Kumarakom.

 

13. Marari Beach

Best places to visit in Kerala. Marari Beach. Day trip from Alleppey. Backpacking Kerala, India

Marari Beach is considered one of the best beaches near Alleppey.

You can make a day trip to Marari Beach from Alleppey.

If going by scooter or bicycle, make a detour at one of the many fishing beaches along the way and you can get a feel for the local life of village fishermen. (You can see local fishermen right on Alleppey Beach near this guesthouse too.)

 

14. Ponmudi

Best places to visit in Kerala: Ponmudi waterfalls. Backpacking Kerala, India

On the way to the main overlook of Ponmudi, you can stop by for a waterfall trek.

Then you can continue making your way through hills and winding roads to reach the hill station of Ponmudi where there’s a scenic overlook.

You can make this a day trip from Varkala.

 

15. Neyyar

Best places to visit in Kerala: Neyyar. Backpacking Kerala, India

Neyyar is best known for its dam and reservoir. You can take a boat ride around the reservoir for some nice time on the water.

The Sivananda yoga ashram is also located in Neyyar, and this is known as one of the best ashrams in Kerala.

You can make a trip to Neyyar from Trivandrum.

 

16. Vagamon

Best places to visit in Kerala: Vagamon hills. Backpacking Kerala, India

Vagamon is another hill station in Kerala, so it makes for a scenic drive to get there.

You can make this an overnight trip from Alleppey.

 

17. Kuttanad – Kainakary

Best places to visit in Kerala. See Kuttanad, Kainakary. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

Kuttanad is an area with backwaters to explore that’s near the main center of Alleppey.

You can get to Kuttanad and Kainakary from Alleppey town by scooter or bicycle and then walk around the streets and smaller backwater canals.

Or you can get here by public transportation taking the bus or the See Kuttanad ferry.

 

18. Kottayam

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey to Kottayam ferry. Backpacking Kerala backwaters, India

There’s not much that’s noteworthy in Kottayam itself, but this is about the journey, not the destination!

The Alleppey to Kottayam ferry is another one of the public ferry routes that’s recommended if you’re looking for a cheap way to experience the Kerala backwaters.

Instead of taking the bus from Alleppey to Munnar, you can get to Munnar in part by the Kottayam ferry.

The same goes for Thekkady. Instead of taking the Alleppey to Thekkady bus, you can take the ferry in part to Thekkady.

 

19. Vizhinjam

Best places to visit in Kerala: Vizhinjam. Backpacking Kerala, India

Vizhinjam is a fishing village that has a harbor where you can see a whole bunch of fishing boats.

You can make a short visit here when you’re in Kovalam.

 

KERALA BACKWATERS

Kerala is known for the backwaters, and you have many ways to experience the famous Kerala backwaters.

So take your pick out of the best backwaters activities and be sure to get out on the water!

Best places to visit in Kerala. Alleppey backwaters. Backpacking Kerala, India

And also take your pick of one of the best beaches in Kerala and be sure to catch that ocean sunset!

Best places to visit in Kerala. Best beaches in Kerala. Alleppey Beach. Backpacking Kerala, India

HAPPY KERALA TRAVEL PLANNING!

 

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