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  • Gear up to be enchanted by some of the most gorgeous places to visit in Kerala on your next vacation. Offering a wonderful getaway whether you are planning a honeymoon, an adventurous getaway with your friends or looking to spend some cherished moments with your family, Kerala is a great place to enjoy a vacation.

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    It is replete with a number of hill stations, beaches, backwaters, and many small hamlets to let you have one memorable holiday in ‘God’s own country’. 
    Some of the popular tourist places in Kerala are Top Station, Periyar National Park, Kumarakom Beach, Kozhikode etc.

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    One can look forward to catching some enthralling sights of wildlife, undulating meadows, and various beaches to cherish one amazing rendezvous with nature. With a number of interesting places, Kerala is sure to bewitch you and will make you coming back for more.

  • Best Places to Visit in Munnar

  • 01TATA Tea Museum

    TATA Tea Museum

    The Munnar Tea Museum outlines the development of tea estates which has been displayed by the elementary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. These machinery display various stages of tea processing and the variable contrast in them.

    One can also learn the production of black tea from the exhibits displayed within the Tea Museum. At the entrance of the museum, one can witness a sundial placed on a granite block. This artifact has a historical relevance attached to it making it one of the best tourist places in 
    Kerala.

    Munnar Tea Museum is home to some of the exotic artifacts like the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant in the 1920s, the museum also has classic bungalow furniture, iron oven, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, typewriters, manual calculators etc. located in one of its galleries.

    Location: 
    KDHP House, NH 49, Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Timings: 
    10 AM to 4 PM

    Entry fee:
    Approximate price starts from 
    INR 75 
  • 02Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park
    Image Credit : eravikulam.org

    Eravikulam National Park isn’t just a tourist place in Kerala; it is also home to a number of endangered and vulnerable species in the world. The national park is about natural beauty and riveting landscapes that offer one the ultimate opportunity to rendezvous with the wild. 

    With its natural landscapes and the backdrop of hills, this stunning national park is certainly one of the best places to visit in Kerala. 
    The rolling hill plateau of Eravikulam serves as home to over 25 species of mammals, including the Nilgiri Tahr, which is the largest surviving population of the species. 

    The park is also home to Golden Jackal, Elephants, dusky palm squirrel, Stripe-necked Mongoose, and porcupine, making this place feel alive with a blend of tall and small animals. Lakkom Waterfalls and the Cauvery River in this region provide a natural source of water to the wildlife here.

    Location:
     The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

    Timings:
    7:30 AM to 4 PM

    Entry fee:
    Starting from INR 65

  • 03Mattupetty Dam

    Mattupetty Dam
    Nestled inside the hills of Munnar and very near to the Anamudi peak lies Mattupetty, the hill station at a height of 1,700 m. Mattupetty is located 13 km away from Munnar. Here you can enjoy the greenish valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. The main attraction of Mattupetty is the dam and the lake here.

    The dam of Mattupetty is a storage concrete gravity dam. The dam was constructed under the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project in the late 1940s, for the purpose of water conservation and power generation. The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around.

    You can engage yourself with water sports activities like speed boating organized by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest.

    Location: 
    Munnar - top station highway, Mattupetty, Kerala 685616

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 04Anamudi

    Anamudi
    Image Credit : GoDakshin - Flickr
    The Anamudi Peak, which attains tall in the Eravikulam National Park, is the jewel of Kerala. It is the highest mountain peak in India other than the great Himalayan Mountain Ranges, nestled with rich flora and fauna. It is also home to the largest surviving populations of Asian Elephants, endangered Gaurs, exotic Nilgiri Langurs, and lion-tailed macaque making it one of the best tourist places in Kerala.

    The Anamudi Peak is a heaven in the wild, which is covered with conifer forests with some very beautiful rivers flowing inside the jungle. Tourists take a trek to the top of the mountain and enjoy the sight of beautiful rivers flowing into the east like Vaigai and Thamirabarani, and the Periyar River.

    Anamudi Peak is remarkably high and has lush wet slopes, which makes trekking even more difficult. Therefore, trekking facilities here are provided by concerned officials and tourists are allowed to trek on foot up to 2 km. Trekkers who wish to climb on the top are required to submit special permission from Eravikulam National Park authorities.

    Location: 
    Devikulam Taluk, Idukki.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 05Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Image Credit : keralataxis

    If you want to see a blend of all tourist places in Kerala, then Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is your destination. This Indian wildlife sanctuary is one of the protected areas of Kerala and features a nominated World Heritage Site. With 34 species of mammals, including panthers and spotted deer, this wildlife sanctuary is one of those Indian destinations that any wildlife or nature lover would like to explore. 

    The rusty-spotted cats and grizzled giant squirrels, which are known as vulnerable species are also found here. The Mugger Crocodile is quite famous around here. With 22 amphibian species and over 150 species of butterflies, Chinnar is certainly one of those places that will cause butterflies in your stomach. The Chinnar montane rain forest gives it ethereal natural beauty, which is complemented by the Thoovanam Waterfalls, providing this forest with a stunning appearance.

    Tourists are allowed to enjoy nature walks at Chinnar and its Pamber River Banks, thereby giving them an opportunity to find a giant squirrel and watch birds. Here, adventure lovers can get a strong rush of adrenaline by enjoying natural activities such as trekking. The scenic beauty makes a perfect backdrop for camping. The lofty watch tower here provides an incredible panoramic view of the entire area.

    Location: 
    Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10

  • 06Top Station

    Top Station

    Situated in Kundala Valley, Top Station is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala. The place is famous for having beautiful tea plantations, verdant valleys, fabulous waterfalls and mostly the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years. One of the most spectacular sights that can be witnessed from Top Station is the beautiful landscape covered with clouds.

    The pristine beauty of the place will leave you in search of words. It is a great spot to enjoy a picnic with your loved ones and enjoy the most panoramic views of the Western Ghats on your vacation. The place is a haven for nature lovers and best visited from the month of April to May in Kerala.

    Location: Munnar - Top Station Highway, View Point Path, Munnar.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 07Attukad Waterfalls

    Attukad Waterfalls
    It is one of the most beautiful destinations, which you should not miss while intending a trip to Munnar. Attukal extends the beauty of water falling from the top of the hill. The sight of the roaring water and the rolling hills around is something which you can never erase from your thoughts. It is one of the most attractive scenes that you can look at during your stay at Munnar.

    The place is also ideal for long trekking and hiking but assumes a cascading and roaring beauty during the monsoons. The beautiful waterfall is surrounded by dense green forest, which will be an excellent spot for those who fancy adventure and want to have a trekking experience.

    Location: 
    Attukad Waterfall Rd, Pallivasal, Kerala 685565

    Timings: 
    9 AM to 7:30 PM

    Entry fee: 
    One can pay INR 100 for a guide.
  • Best Places to Visit in Kochi

  • 08Fort Kochi

    Fort Kochi
    Image Credit : southofindiatourism

    Among the tourist places in Kerala, Fort Kochi is a beautiful region located towards the South-West part of the city of Kochi. This region is one of the three main urban regions that constitute the present day Kochi City. Fort Kochi was the place of the first European township in India, the influence of which can still be felt and observed in the city’s architecture and its town planning.

    In current times, the Fort Kochi region is considered to be one of the finest places to visit in Kerala, with its major attraction being its beaches, the beautiful sight of traditional fishing in this region, and of course the European inspired architecture of this region.

    Location:
     Kochi 682001

    Timings: 
    5 AM and 9:50 PM

    Entry fee: 
    None.

  • 09Cherai Beach

    Cherai Beach
    Image Credit : simianwolverine - Flickr
    Lined by coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets, Cherai beach in Kochi is considered as one among the best places to visit in Kerala. It is comparatively a less crowded and properly cleaned beach in Kochi that displays a picturesque view of sea and backwater join at a particular point. It is a spot where different species of fishes including dolphins are seen.

    Located on the north end of Vypin Island, the beach is a favorite spot of swimmers. The sunset view from the beach spreads multiple hues in front of your eyes. Near to the beach, there are many resorts as well for couples, family, and group of friends.

    Location: 
    Cherai Beach Rd, Kochi, Vypin Island 683514

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 10Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

    Kodanad Elephant Training Centre
    Image Credit : yatramantra
    Kodanad on the banks of Periyar River along with the beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, Ernakulam is the largest elephant training centers and one of the best places to visit in Kerala Since elephants are unavoidable in any occasion of Kerala people such as temple festivals, processions, cultural shows etc, they get proper care always.

    Elephant care centers in Konni and Muthanga are quite famous but Kodanadu has a large number of elephants being trained and cared.

    Location: 
    Vallom Panamkuzhi Road, Malayattoor PO, Kaprikad, Kerala 683544

    Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 11Santa Cruz Basilica

    Santa Cruz Basilica
    The Santa Cruz Basilica is considered as one of the good places to visit in Kerala. It is an ancient church built by Portuguese invaders during the colonial period and it is the prominent landmark of Fort Kochi. It is on the Santa Cruz road, Fort Kochi in Kochi district.

    This church stands as a predominant relic of the ancient Portugal culture and it narrates the history of Fort Kochi. The Dutch people came after Portuguese avoided this church from their attack so that it holds more pride over any other churches around Kochi. John Paul II declared it as Basilica in 1984. The church has two lofty spires and remarkable bright, whitewashed exterior and a pastel-colored interior.

    Location: 
    Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001

    Timings: 
    9 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: 
    None.
  • 12Wonderla Amusement Park

    Wonderla Amusement Park

    Gear up for an adventurous day at Wonderla Amusement Park when you are vacationing in Kerala. It is one of the exhilarating places to enjoy rides and have fun with your loved ones. The amusement park is great for having thrilling experiences with your family. The place has a lot of food options and offers a memorable experience.

    A few of the popular attractions at Wonderla Amusement Park are Musical Dancing Fountain, The Vintage Castle, Vintage Tornado, Wavy and Vertical Fall, Caterpillar ride, Rapid River, Wave Pool, and Wonder Splash.

    Location:
    Kumarapuram P O, Pallikkara, Kerala 683565

    Timings:
     11 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee:
    Starts from INR 385

  • 13Hill Palace of Tripunithara

    Hill Palace of Tripunithara
    Thripunithura Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum of Kerala and highly recommended among the places to visit in Kerala. Thripunithura is a town in Kochi and the Hill Palace has been the administrative office of the Kochi royal family.

    The palace complex consists of 49 buildings that possess traditional Kerala architectural style and there you can see the remnants, the antique pieces of Kerala culture, heritage museum, a deer park, a historic park, and a children’s park. The pond inside the palace enhances the whole beauty of the palace to the next level.

    Location: 
    Hill Palace Rd, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 2 PM to 4:30 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 14Marine Drive, Kochi

    Marine Drive, Kochi
    Image Credit : Wikipedia

    One of the most picturesque locations in Kerala, the Marine Drive is a promenade in the Indian city of Kochi, which has been built in a beautiful way to face Kerala’s backwaters. A popular hangout for local populations, Marine Drive is known for being one of the most enthralling, beautiful tourist places in J. The Rainbow Bridge here is quite popular and provides travelers with a chance to enjoy the structural beauty of this place. The drive is located at an economically thriving region of Kochi. 

    Visit Marine Drive in Kochi if you wish to experience the bounties of a sunset. The beauty of this region, along with the gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake makes a perfect backdrop for chatty conversations, eating and shopping. Tourists throng this walkway during evenings, enjoying incredible things that this place has to offer. 

    Starting from High Court junction till Rajendra Maidan, this Drive has a length of 1.75 kilometers and also offers boat jetties along the way. Two new bridges, the Rainbow and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge offer surreal views of Kerala’s backwaters. Truly, this is one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

    Location:
     MG Road, Kochi.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • Best Places to Visit in Alleppey

  • 15Alleppey Beach

    Alleppey Beach
    Alleppey beach is a famous picnic spot in Kerala that houses an extended human-friendly beach. Since Alleppey is known as the Venice of the East, the trade through the sea and backwaters contributes a lot toward the economic development of Kerala.

    A pier extended towards the sea is known to be 137 years old and also it is reached out to the mass through the entertainment beach festival conducted on New Year’s Eve. A lighthouse situated nearby exists as a fascination to all groups of people visiting the beach.

    The marine products of Alleppey have a great demand among the public, so the beach can be seen so crowded always. Moreover, the serenity on the sides of the beach is alluring. It is lined by coconuts swaying in the sea breeze creating such a nice atmosphere throughout the day.

    Location: Alleppey
     Kerala, 688007

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 16Krishnapuram Palace

    Krishnapuram Palace
    Alleppey boasts of its tremendous collection of old houses and palaces. One such preservation is the Krishnapuram Palace located in Kayamkulam town. It is built in the 18th century by a then ruler of the place.

    The traditional architectural style of Kerala is vividly portrayed even in the nook and corners of this palace. Gabled roof, narrow corridors, and dormer windows of the palace still possess pride. Now it is taken care of by the Archaeological Department of Kerala. It has a large pond as well inside which adds more beauty to the palace.

    The walls of the palace are made quite attractive with the mural paintings named Gajendra Moksham, Kerala style paintings, and other paintings which are popular. Krishnaswamy temple in the vicinity is the main reason the palace got the current name. Encircled by terraced gardens with fountains are another highlight of this palace on a small hillock.

    Location: Ochira Rd,Near Kayamkulam, Alappuzha Dist, Krishnapuram.

    Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 4:30 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 17Marari Beach

    Marari Beach
    Image Credit : nborun - Flickr
    Marari beach is a beautiful beach located 11 km away from Alleppey town. The white sand beach is a favorite bed for all the tourists since the beach is famous for its cleanliness and the coconut groves on the shore. It is comparatively a quiet beach and the sea seems to be always calm.

    This beach has a lot of demand among the tourists because it has umpteen numbers of resorts nearby with beach view rooms. You can see people going for fishing in traditional boats from the shore. The salubrious nature present around the beach is an obvious reason for the beach being a hub for all tourists of Alleppey.

    Location: 
    Alappuzha-Arthunkal- Cherthala, Thoppumpady road, Mararikulam, Alappuzha, Kerala 688523

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 18Alleppey Lighthouse

    Alleppey Lighthouse
    Built in 1862, the Alappuzha lighthouse is a favorite site for tourists coming to Alappuzha. It is situated in the coastal town. It was the landmark for many traders from different parts of the world especially colonial people from Portuguese, Dutch, and England.

    The 30 feet high lighthouse preserves the history of Alappuzha port which was the main trade port during the ancient period. But it has been made open to public visit since 2007. The lamp of the lighthouse now is a 230 V 150 W Metal halide lamp which extends its light to a remarkable distance.

    The lighthouse celebrated its 150th year in 2012 and it marks the pride and majesty of the Kerala rulers during that time since it is a stamp of the royal family of Travancore loved during that time.

    Location: Alappuzha Light House, CCSB Rd, Civil Station Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688012

    Timings: 9 AM to 11:45 AM & 2 PM to 5:30 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • Best Places to Visit in Kumarakom

  • 19Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
    Image Credit : Phil Horton- Flickr

    For all avid bird watchers and fauna lovers, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is nothing less than a heaven. Set in the backdrop of Kerala Backwaters, this beautiful bird sanctuary is known for its lush green lawns and deep blue skies, which are adorned by birds from all over the world. The sanctuary, which is spread over 14 acres offers boat ride from Kavanar River or the Vembanad Lake. 

    The main attraction of birds that can be seen here includes the duck, the Brahminy Kite, waterfowl and cormorant, darter and egret along with heron, cuckoo, moorhen, and owl. The place is also home to a number of migratory birds such as flycatcher, Siberian Crane, teal, lark and parrot. The bird sanctuary is probably most popular for having migratory birds from as far as Siberia and the Himalayas. 

    Mostly an early morning trek, preferably before the sunrise, is one of the best ways of watching birds here. The birds leave their forest homes early in the morning and usually surround and fly over the lake, making it the hub for bird watchers from all over the world which makes this place one of the best tourist places in Kerala. 

    Location:
     Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563

    Timings
    : 6:30 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee:
    INR 50 

  • 20Kumarakom Beach

    Kumarakom Beach
    Image Credit : trinityairtravel.com

    Kumarakom is one of the most breathtaking Kerala tourist places that is known for its backwaters, museums, scenery and the most fabulous beaches. One can look forward to having a refreshing getaway with adventure activities like swimming, water polo, snorkeling, volleyball, and other water sports activities. One can appreciate the calm nature on the beach resorts and look forward to relaxing and unwind by the beaches.

    The place will leave you spellbound as you take a stroll by the beach which will leave your senses revived. There are also places where you can unwind with yoga, meditation and have a relaxing time enjoying an Ayurvedic massage at Kumarakom Beach.

    Location:
    Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala, 686563

    Timings: 
    All day.

    Entry fee: 
    None.

  • 21Vembanad Lake

    Vembanad Lake
    Image Credit : keralaenchanting

    The pulse of Kerala can be felt at the Vembanad lake, which is a confluence of ten rivers. The largest Lake in Kerala also the pride of the state is a labyrinth of several groups of small islands, lagoons, canals, and estuaries presenting an overwhelming display of nature’s glory.

    Being a tourist hot spot exclusively for backwaters, one may find over five hundred Kettuvallams, traditional houseboats either plying or anchored to the banks. The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is on the banks of Vembanad, showcasing hundreds of migratory and local birds in their flamboyance.

    Location: 16 km from Kottayam.

    Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

    Entry fee: None.

  • Best Places to Visit in Kovalam

  • 22Lighthouse Beach

    Lighthouse Beach
    Kovalam is one of the best places to visit in Kerala and is the most visited tourist attraction in India. Kovalam beach is famous for the smooth white sandy beaches which run alongside the Malabar Coast. Lighthouse beach in Kovalam which is much loved by the people.

    This beach was named after the 30 meters high lighthouse which stands tall on the beach. Located towards the southern end of the beach this acts as an observation platform Poovar and Beemapalli mosque. There is a total of 142 steps through which you can reach the top. The rhythmic tones of waves along with the cold breeze from the Arabian Sea are more than enough to enthrall any visitor here.

    Location: 
    Light House Beach Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 23Karamana River

    Karamana River
    Karamana River is another famous attraction in Kerela which is very famous among the people. Starting from the southern tip of the Western Ghat flows the Karaman River. This river merges with the Arabian Sea near Kovalam, after flowing 66 km westward.

    The areas near the river mainly consist of dryland crops such as pepper, coconut, and rice. The river has two important dams, Aruvikkara Dam and Peppara Dam. This place offers a spectacular view of the lush greenery and the backwaters.

    Location: Kovalam, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 24Vellayani Lake

    Vellayani Lake
    On the off chance if you are searching for a quiet place to spend your weekends the Vellayani Lake is one of the best tourist places in Kerela. This freshwater lake is an exceptionally well-known cookout spot and is found 7 km from Kovalam.

    Voyagers come here for a boat ride or to invest the energy hailing the appeal of the scene while they invest some recreation time. During Onam, festival enthusiasm takes over as the popular traditional boat races are organized here. The peaceful lake entices individuals from great distances abroad to appreciate the grand perspective.

    Location: 
    Lake Rd, 7 km from Kovalam.

    Timings: 
    All day.

    Entry fee: 
    None.
  • 25Valiyathura Pier

    Valiyathura Pier
    Make your weekend unique with a visit to the most extraordinary tourist place in Kerela. Valiyathura Pier is somewhere else which is an unquestionable requirement visit destination in Kerela. This 214-meter long Pieris situated at the old port of Valiyathura, an unwinding shoreline at Kovalam.

    This dock was utilized by the angler amid the high tide and is currently a well-known spot for calculating and photography. Upheld by 127 solid heaps, the dock had four 3-ton cranes and one 10-tonner to empty load from the boats. Since the wharf was situated in shallow waters, substantial boats needed to grapple in the remote ocean and transport their product in little vessels.

    Location: 
    Valiyathura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695008

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 26Neyyar Dam

    Neyyar Dam
    While you are in Kerala don’t miss a chance to visit the Neyyar Dam which is one of the most visited tourist places in Kerala. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghat this lake was established in the year 1958. This popular picnic spot is heaven for tourist in search of some serenity and isolation. Refresh your spirit as you visit this one of a kind dam while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

    The Neyyar Dam is a part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is an abode of a variety of flora and fauna. One can find different species of wildlife like wild boars and elephants to the vast range of medicinal herbs. This place is definitely a paradise for nature lovers.

    Location: 
    Kallikkad, Kerala 695572

    Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 27Hawah Beach

    Hawah Beach
    Hawah beach is one of the best beaches in Kovalam which is a hit among the people. This beach lies opposite to the lighthouse beach. This beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches among the beaches in Kovalam. While you are the visit you can see the stack of palm groves.

    If you visit the beach in the early morning you will find it filled with fishermen who will be busy with their day to day life. Hawa beach is separated from other beaches by the foreland of Edakkalu.

    Location:
     Light House Beach Kovalam, Vizhinjam P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • Best Places to Visit in Thrissur

  • 28Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
    The chimmony wildlife sanctuary is located in Mukundapuram taluk of Thrissur district; one of the best places to visit in Kerala. It is spread along the Western Ghats. The place is a haven for more than hundreds of various species of birds, both common and endangered. Chimmony dam adds more beauty to the entire place where serenity has been displayed so well.

    It is a protected area for a variety of wildlife, lush green forests, water reservoir etc. Also, you might get trekking and bamboo rafting facilities also around the sanctuary. So it is considered as a must visit a place that offers a breathtaking panoramic view.

    Location: 
    Chimmini Dam Road, Dist. Thrissur, Pariyaram, Kerala 680304

    Timings: 
    6 AM to 6 PM

    Price: INR 10

  • 29Athirappilly Waterfalls

    Athirappilly Waterfalls

    Fondly known as the ‘The Niagara of India,’ Athirappilly Falls is certainly the best waterfalls in the country. Located at the Chalakudy River, this waterfall has a total height of 82 feet and is located at the segmented type at an elevation of 390 feet.

    The river just below the falls remains turbulent and resumes its calmness after a kilometer. The falls are also known for flowing towards the Arabian Sea and its environs are known for being home to a number of animals and plants, including endangered species.

    Apart from the scenic beauty of this waterfall, the place is known for its wildlife, including animals such as Asiatic elephant, Sambar deer, leopard, bison and lion-tailed macaque. The forests here serve as a nestling bastion for Malabar Pied and Grey Hornbill along with the Great Hornbill. Teak, Bamboo and Eucalyptus are some of the trees that are widely found here.

    Location: 
    Athirapally, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur.

    Timings: 
    8 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee: 
    INR 15

  • 30Vadakkunnathan Temple

    Vadakkunnathan Temple
    Vadakkunathan Temple in Thrissur is one of the must-visit places of Kerala that displays the tradition and authenticity of typical Kerala through its walls and structures. Standing in the middle of a huge ground known as Swaraj Round, Vadakkunathan temple is one of the biggest temples of Kerala and the main idol here is Lord Shiva.

    Thousands of people visit the places everywhere and it is famous for hosting the renowned Thrissur Pooram, the festival with a maximum number of people comes together at a time. The temple bagged a UNESCO award for the conservation and renovation of the building. Anayoottu is yet another attraction carried by the temple with hundreds of elephants get good proper food.

    Location: 
    Swaraj Round N, Kuruppam, Thekkinkadu Maidan, Thrissur, Kerala 680001

    Timings: 
    3 AM to 10:30 AM & 4 PM to 8 PM

    Entry fee: None.
  • 31Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple

    Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple
    Paramekkavu Devi temple is one of the largest temples in India which could be considered as one among the best places to visit in Kerala. It is one of the many temples that participate in the huge festival of Kerala, Thrissur Pooram.

    The temple is situated opposite to Vadakkunnathan Temple, another huge temple. The major deity of Paramekkavu is a goddess. The cool breeze inside the temple solaces each devotee’s heart. The Kerala architectural style is beautifully displayed at each point of the temple.

    Location: 
    Paramekkavu Devaswom Building, Round East, Thrissur, Kerala 680001

    Timings: 4:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 4 PM to 9 PM

    Entry fee: None.
  • 32Snehatheeram Beach

    Snehatheeram Beach
    Snehatheeram beach is located in Thalikulam, calm place in Thrissur district and one of the best places to visit in Kerala. It is maintained by Kerala Tourism department; the beach is known as love shore. Domestic as well as international tourists flow towards this beach every year in an unlimited number.

    The cleanliness, well-maintained surroundings, the cool water are the key factors that attract people. The view from the shore is enigmatically coupled with the relishing breeze around always. There is a children’s park as well with large aquariums, also there is a family restaurant nearby named Naalukettu. It is a better location to have a good time with your friends or family.

    Location: 
    Thalikulam, Thrissur.
  • Best Places to Visit in Wayanad

  • 33Chembra Peak

    Chembra Peak
    Chembra peak joins Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. The peak is evident from almost all parts of Wayanad. This place is an excellent destination for trekking expeditions. You have to take prior approval from the Meppady forest office prior to the trek at Chembra Peak.

    Night camping is not permitted at Chembra peak as there is a threat from wild animals. It will take at trivial three hours to reach the top point of Chembra peak. On the way to this peak, you can witness the heart-shaped lake, which is said that it has never dried up. It is one of the popular attractions of this peak.

    This lake is known as 'hridhayathadakam'. From the summit of the peak, you can enjoy the views of whole Wayanad. You can also sight Kozhikode, Malappuram and Nilgiri districts from here. You will get amazed by the enthralling charm of nature here. There are many peaks nearby Chambra peak. But it is hard to climb into those, as they are cloaked with impenetrable forests.

    Location: 
    Chembra, Wayanad 673586

    Timings: 7 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: None.
  • 34Kuruva Island

    Kuruva Island
    Kuruva Island also known Kuruva Island is a preserved river delta, holding a group of islands in Kabini River. Sprawling over 950 acres of estate, Kuruva Island is richly populated with flora and fauna. The terrestrial distinctiveness of this island makes this place evergreen with a calm ambiance.

    Living deep on this island, you can witness many beautiful structures like bridges constructed of bamboo trees and other rare species of trees. The isolated island is home to precious species of birds, orchids, herbal plants etc. The island is enclosed by streams and you can have a boat ride or raft within this stream enjoying the enchanting beauty of the island.

    Location: 
    Kuruva Island, Wayanad, Kalpetta, 673121

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 35Pakshipathalam Caves

    Pakshipathalam Caves
    Pakshipathalam caves- the very name of the place refers to the richness of birdlife here. Here virgin forests, rivulets, and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking. A cave which saints are believed to have used for meditation in ancient times has become a major attraction for tourists.

    Pakshipathalam lies in the Brahmagiri hill range and is located close to Thirunelli temple, Wayanad in Kerala. A trek to Pakshipathalam takes you through moist deciduous forests, rolling hillocks, open grasslands, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves.

    Also known as Munikal caves, this den of birds lies deep inside the forest. With no proper roads, the 8 km hike on the jungle trail is quite challenging.

    Location: 
    Tholpetty, 7 km from the Thirunelli Temple, Kalpetta.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee: INR 50
  • 36Edakkal Caves

    Edakkal Caves

    When it comes to exploring the hidden facets of Kerala, then there is no place better than the Edakkal Caves. These caves, which are situated near the Wayanad district, are known for having pictorial writings and details that are at least 6000 BC old.

    Considered to be drawn and represented by the Neolithic man, these caves provide incredible insights into the prehistoric civilizations around the world. They aren’t technically caves, but they are rather considered to be clefts and rifts, with fissures that have been caused by splitting of rocks. Several tons of this cleft or the rift serve as a cave.

    The carvings here are known for representing human and animal figures, providing an indelible insight into the presence of prehistoric settlement. In fact, the oldest one dates back to more than 8000 years ago and suggests that these Edakkal caves have been inhabited several times in history.

    Location: 
    Nenmeni, Kerala 673595

    Timings:
    8 AM to 4 PM

    Entry fee: 
    INR 15

  • 37Banasura Sagar Dam

    Banasura Sagar Dam
    Image Credit : Bharath Shankar - Flickr
    Another tourist spectacle of Kalpetta is Banasura Sagar dam. It is the biggest earth dam in India and the second biggest of its class in Asia. The dam is made up of huge piles of stones and rocks. Situated about 15 km from Kalpetta, the dam contains a vast stretch of water and its striking beauty is flattered by the string of mountains seen on the backdrop.

    It is structured in the Banasura Lake and the nearby hills are known as Banasura Hills. Stories say that the Asura king of Banasura undertook an intense punishment on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him. The scenic mountains invite adventure travelers and the dam site is an excellent starting point for trekking.

    During monsoon, travelers may also be able to witness the small island in the dam’s pool. The boundless expanse of the clear aqua of the dam spotted with small islands is a photographer’s pleasure.

    Location: 
    Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara 673575

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10
  • 38Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    The animal sanctuary of Wayanad isn’t just for wildlife enthusiasts, it is also a great place for photographers, vacationers, couples and travelers who wish to choose unique rides of the state. With some unusual birds found in this place, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary has gained prime importance. Apart from birds, the wildlife area is also known for housing some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna.

    With salubrious climate, the place is known for housing a wide range of flora, fauna and avian fauna. For instance, the forests here combine moist deciduous trees, including rosewood and bamboo. 
    A number of semi-green patches are also found throughout the jungles here. 

    Apart from them, monkeys, wild dogs, and bears are also popularly seen here. Monitor lizards, panthers and jungle cats are also quite common. In terms of avian fauna, peacocks are quite popular. They are widely seen dancing with their feathers open. Cuckoos, jungle fowls and woodpeckers can be witnessed by avid bird lovers. Babblers are also a common variety of avian fauna seen throughout the Wayanad Wildlife Reserve.

    Location: 
    Bathery- Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592

    Timings: 7 AM to 10 AM & 3 PM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: INR 10

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  • 39Varkala Beach

    Varkala Beach

    Varkala Beach is one of the famous beaches of Southern India located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This beach is also known as the Papanasam Beach with the word ‘Papanasam’ meaning ‘wash away your sins’. It is believed that a dip in the waters of this beach would wash away all your sins.

    This region is quite famous amongst tourists owing to the fact that it is the only region in Kerala where cliffs can be seen adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are considered to be unique geographical features owing to the fact that they are the only elevation on the otherwise flat surface of Kerala.

    Considering its beautiful location and amazing scenic beauty, this place is counted as one of the top Kerala sightseeing places. This beach is a haven for sunbathers and swimmers. And it also has an array of spas and exotic restaurants. 

    People come here in masses each year to enjoy the aura of this place along with getting a beautiful glimpse of the setting sun, which is quite mesmerizing to experience. 
    Apart from this, the beach also serves as an elegant spot for various kinds of water sports and spas, which is enjoyed in abundance by one and all who visit the Varkala Beach.

    Location: Varkala 695141

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 40Bekal Fort, Kasargod

    Bekal Fort, Kasargod
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    The Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala and is one of the most important places to see in Kerala. It is spread across 40 acres of land and it appears as if the fort has come up from the sea considering the fact that almost 3/4th of its exterior is drenched along with the waves continuously hitting its citadel. 

    It is believed that the fort was built in order to serve the purpose of defence because there are no remains of any palace, mansion or any such building found here. 
    The outer walls of the fort had holes that were supposedly used to defend the fort effectively. There were two layers of holes on the outer walls, the upper and the lower.

    The upper holes were constructed in order to aim at the farthest points while the lower ones were used to strike when the enemy was nearer. 
    Presently the maintenance, preservation and protection of the fort have been given in the hands of the Archaeological Survey of India, which has been looking after its welfare quite efficiently.

    Location: 
    Kasaragod Road, PO Bekal Fort, Beside Bekal Fort Railway Station Dist, Bekal, Kerala 671316

    Timings: 8 AM to 5:30 PM

    Entry fee: INR 5

  • 41Kottayam

    Kottayam
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers - Flickr
    Kottayam being one of the popular places in Kerala reveals a number of administrative, educational and business related spots and attractions. Also, it is famous for its contributions to girls’ education and education as a whole. Religiously, culturally and economically Kottayam does a marvelous job in order to make itself an attraction always.

    The famous backwater of Kumarakom is a part of Kottayam. The number of tourists coming to spend the holiday in houseboats is unbelievably increasing day by day. The typical Kottayam cuisines especially Non Vegetarian items are world famous.

    The first college of Kerala that is CMS College has been established in this district of Kerala during the colonial period of India. Thirunakkara temple, Meenachilar, the birthplace of Saint Alphonsa, the huge rubber plantations and much more add heavenly beauty to this district at the center of Kerala.

    Location: Kottayam, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 42Kollam

    Kollam
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    Kollam is known as the place of cashew nut and one with plenty of water-based attractions. It is considered as one of the good places to visit in Kerala. The basic point of tourism is Ashtamudi Lake around which a number of resorts and restaurants are located. Paravoor is a quite famous area of pure tranquillity and serenity being disposed of parallel to the attractive atmosphere of the resorts.

    The freshwater lake of Kerala, Shasthamkotta is yet another feature of Kollam tourism. The origin of Kathakali is from this particular district as history says. The world famous Kottarakkara Ganapathi temple belongs to Kollam. Also, you can visit the many cashew nut factories of Kollam at any time you wish to.

    In addition to these, visit Neendakara where you can see the vast harbor brimming with fresh fish caught from the Arabian Sea. Altogether Kollam situates as a popular place to visit at any time of the year since it has a moderate climate throughout the year.

    Location: Kollam, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 43Kuttanad

    Kuttanad
    Kuttanad, well known for its vast paddy fields from Kerala gets its staple food in a huge amount considered as one of the best tourist places in Kerala. Kuttanad is a part of Alappuzha district and it has the lowest altitude which is famous for being an important hotspot of farming.

    The green paddy fields arrange a feast for the visitors’ eyes undoubtedly. Pamba, Meencahil, Achankovil, and Manimala are the major four rivers of Kerala lull Kuttanad for its unending farming activities. The village hosts the world-renowned Vallamkali as well that drags a countless number of tourists every year. Ramankari backwater is where this vallamkali happens.

    Totally, Kuttanad is the place water blessed abundantly, for it is blanketed by many rivers, lakes, and backwater. The major tourism of Alappuzha rolls in the hands of Kuttanad. The cuisines related to water lives also stand as an essential factor to attract more tourists.

    Location: Kuttanad, Alapuzzha, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 44Vagamon

    Vagamon
    Famous for its cool climate during summertime, Vagamon is a tourist destination that attracts a number of international as well as local tourists everywhere. Consider this place while you are on a tour, for it is one of the beautiful places in Kerala.

    It is a part of the tranquil Western Ghats and is nestled amidst lush green tea plantations and forests. National Geographic Traveller accounted for this one as one of 50 most attractive places to visit in India. Here, you can observe the most scenic valleys and hills lulled by fog, waterfalls, and striking greenery always.

    It is an abode of beautiful flowers and orchids; the place is cuddled up within Thangal, Murugan and Kurishumala hills which represent the three prominent religions of Kerala. This area is a perfect pitch for moderate trekking, rock climbing, paragliding etc.

    Location: 
    Vagamon, Idukki district, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.
  • 45Periyar National Park

    Periyar National Park

    A delight for fans of nature, Periyar National Park and wildlife sanctuary is one of the best tourist places in Kerala located in Thekkady. Nestled amidst the cardamom hills, Periyar National Park is known for offering a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

    Known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity, this national park is home to tropical evergreen forests covering the entire landscape. One of the star attractions of Periyar National Park is the 100-year-old artificial lake which is located in the heart of the century where most of the wild animals can be seen.

    Location: 
    Kumily, Thekkady.

    Timings:
     6 AM to 3 PM

    Entry fee: 
    INR 25

  • 46Kozhikode

    Kozhikode

    Renowned for its history, Kozhikode is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Kerala. It was the place where Vasco-da-Gama first landed in India and the origins of the famous Spice route were mapped. It is famous for its picturesque beach where one can behold one of the most fantastic sunsets and enjoy a great deal of seafood.

    Some of the must-visit places in Kozhikode are Dolphins Point, the lighthouse and the Lions Park. The city is a great visit to plan with your family and friends if you wish to cherish some laid back time in the realm of nature.

    Location: 
    Kozhikode, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: 
    None.

  • 47Ponmudi

    Ponmudi

    An ideal weekend getaway, Ponmudi is one of the most exciting places in Kerala. It offers some scintillating views of the rolling hills and misty mountains that complete the beautiful landscape. The wonderful getaway will enchant you with a variety of flora and fauna that boasts of mountain flowers, wild orchids, and many exotic butterflies.

    It is a great visit if you are fond of adventurous activities like trekking and camping. There are many picturesque resorts and packages where you can relax with your loved ones and have a superb time in the beautiful valleys of Kerala.

    Location: Ponmudi, 
    Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

    Timings:
    All day.

    Entry fee:
    None.

  • 48Munroe Island

    Munroe Island

    Comprising of 8 beautiful islands separated by small water channels, Munroe Island is one of the most gorgeous places in Kerala. With various tourist attractions like the narrow waterways, canal cruise and the famous Kallada Boat Race held here during the 10-day festival of Onam, Munroe Island is worth a visit if you wish to give your bucket list some sweet adventures.

    The place is mostly known for its relaxed and calm ambiance which offers a fresh respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With some glittering views of the each and coconut plantations, Munroe Island is a good visit to cherish some leisure time when you are vacationing in Kerala. Munroe Island is a pleasant visit if you are interested in getting a glimpse of the typical backwater island villages of Kerala.

    Location: Puthen Purayil, Nemmani, Munroe Island, Kollam 691502,

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 49Peermede

    Peermede

    Boasting of verdant beauty with rolling hills and sparkling streams, Peermede is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. The pristine natural beauty of this place is enticing for every traveler and makes it a perfect getaway for families, adventure aficionados and honeymooners.

    There are a number of beautiful plantations of tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and pine forests that dot the landscape of Peermede. There are also a number of trekking trails which can be explored around the beautiful landscape of Peermede allowing you to have an unforgettable vacation in Kerala.

    Location: Peermede, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 50Thenmala

    Thenmala

    Known as India’s first planned Ecotourism destination, Thenmala is one of the most wonderful places in Kerala. Literally meaning the ‘Honey Hill’, Thenmala is known for its quality honey and dense forests. The place is known for its eco-friendly activities and will enchant you with a number of adventures like boat rides, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

    Some of the popular places to visit in Thenmala are Thenmala Dam, Leisure Zone, Nakshatravanam and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Offering a refreshing experience to let you escape the worries of life, Thenmala is a wonderful vacation destination that you must see when you are visiting Kerala.

    Location: Thenmala, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

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Chembra Peak

A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Banasura Sagar Dam

One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is a picturesque tourist hotspot. Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, it boasts of extensive natural beauty with beautiful flora and fauna, majestic hills and mesmerising waterfalls. The Banasura Sagar is a photographer’s delight and offers the most beautiful views from the top of the hill.

It is also famous among adventure enthusiasts who look forward to thrilling activities like boating, trekking, horse racing and camel rides. For the avid trekkers, Banasura hill peak is hailed as one of the most challenging treks. Along with that Banasura Hill Resort adds to the charm of this place that is known as the only ‘earthen’ resort in the country.

Location: Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala

Best Time to visit: November to May offers the most ideal time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Kuruva Island

Located in the middle of Kabini river, Kuruva Island is a natural paradise that is replete with diverse flora and fauna in the most beautiful surroundings. It is blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city.

One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.  

The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.

Location: Kuruvadweep, Kerala

Best Time to visit: Kuruva Island could be visited from October to May

Entry fee: INR 80/ USD 1.23 for Indians and INR 150/USD 2.3 for foreigners

Timings: The visiting hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Mondays are holiday

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away.

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The Bamboo Factory

If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

One of the most beautiful heritage sightseeing places in Wayanad, Jain Temple is known for its interesting history. It was built in 13th century A.D. and largely came to prominence when this ancient temple was used by Tipu Sultan to store ammunition. 

The ruins of Jain Temple in Sulthan Battery resonate the vital presence and influence of Jain community in the state of Kerala.

Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Jain Temple boasts of Vijayanagara style of architecture and has preserved beautiful and intricate carvings on its granite pillars. It is revered as one of the holiest places for the Jains and a festival is celebrated during Mahavir Jayanthi. 

This historically important temple in Kerala is a great visit to appreciate the art and culture of this place.

Location: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala

Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to visit the temple.

Entry fee: None

Timings: The temple is open for visitors during the day.

Distance from Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Pookode Lake

If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places to visit in Wayanad. 

It is famous for harbouring a diverse number of flora and fauna. Taking a wildlife safari is the most thrilling activity that one should undertake at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary to make their Wayanad vacation memorable.

This natural habitat is a great sightseeing place to spot elephant herds, deer, langurs, panthers, tigers, Indian bison and the rare Slender Loris. Moreover, this wildlife sanctuary offers a wonderful experience for tourists with their tree huts which are open for stay. 

This beautiful attraction allows the tourists to seek some natural solace and take delight in the company of the wonderful wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

Location: It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road.

Best Time to visit: Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62

Timings: The timings are 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the mornings. For the evenings, the timings are from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.

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Edakkal Caves

Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a visit to Edakkal Caves that are located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Edakkal literally translates to ‘a stone in between’ and this cave and showcases a natural masterpiece. 

It is associated with many myths and considered as one of the most sacred places to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal caves are not actually considered to be caves in a scientific sense yet remain a great piece of archaeological curiosity for tourists. 

These caves are identified as a Neolithic settlement and present the evidence of a pre-historic society of highly civilised people. These caves draw in a number of history buffs and students of archaeology who wish to explore these mysterious caves.

Height: It is located at a height of 1200 metres above sea level on the Ambukuthi Hills.

Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala

Entry Fee: INR 15/USD 0.23 per person

Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Edakkal Caves is during the months of December to May.

Timings: The visiting time to Edakkal caves is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30.

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.

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Lakkidi View Point

Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad. 

Offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings, this place leaves you in search of words to describe the panoramic vista that your eyes behold. It is also a famous picnic spot and often known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’. 

Lakkidi is also known for receiving the second highest rainfall in the world and its misty environment makes it an unforgettable tourist place in Wayanad.

Height: It is located at an elevation of 700 metres above sea level.

Location:  Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala

Best Time to visit: One should visit Lakkidi View Point at the time of early morning or early evening to get the best views.

Timings: The visiting hours are from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.

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Meenmutty Waterfalls

One of the delightful of Wayanad tourist places, Meenmutty Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away. A scenic trek through the lush green forest from the Wayanad-Ooty Road leads up to this picturesque natural wonder. 

There are separate decks which can be accessed in different ways to view the different tiers of this spectacular waterfall. The roaring waters of Meenmutty Falls are situated in the lush forests that makes it a delight for photographers. 

Tourists can exalt in a magnificent view of Banasura Sagar Dam from the peak of the third tier of this waterfall. With thundering visuals of the scenery, Meenmutty Waterfalls is hailed as one of the most thrilling places for adventure lovers in Wayanad.

Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is from October to May.

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

Timings: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.

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Neelimala View Point

Promising one of the most enthralling trekking experiences in Wayanad tourist places, Neelimala View Point is a must visit for adventure aficionados. 

It presents some amazing trails that cross the most picturesque landscape of Western Ghats. Tourists are in for a charming surprise as Neelimala View Point offers gushing streams and verdant valleys on the way up to the hill.

This place is a splendid tourist spot where you can appreciate the company of nature with the misty clouds and its pristine ambience. 

This beauty of this popular trekking and camping site is accentuated by the Meenmutti waterfall that brings out the most wonderful view of the place.

Location: Neelimala Viewpoint, Vaduvanchal, Kerala

Best Time to visit: January to May and September to December is the most preferred time to visit here.

Entry fee: The entry fees here is INR 500/ USD 7.7 for a jeep that could carry 6-7 people

Timings: Tourists could visit Neelimala Viewpoint any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Mudumalai National Park

Gear up to be captivated by the charm of the wild at Mudumalai National Park on your vacation in Wayanad. Located on the beautiful Nilgiri mountain ranges, Mudumalai National Park is known for its natural beauty. 

It is a declared tiger reserve and houses some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the country. The major attractions at Mudumalai National Park are Moyar River, Kallatty Falls, Pykara Lake etc.

For those who seek thrilling experiences in Wayanad, Mudumalai National Park offers memorable wildlife safari through jeep and open van. 

Tourists can also indulge in other activities here like camping, bird watching, village tours or enjoy a unique stay at a tree house in Mudumalai National Park.

Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu

Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.

Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person

Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.

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Irupu Falls

Escape into the allure of nature and its magnificence with a visit to Irupu Falls. One of the most enchanting places to visit in Wayanad, Irupu Falls is one of the most legendary sightseeing places in Wayanad. 

This spectacular waterfall derives its roots from the legends of Ramayana and also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. This place is known for its serene ambience that showcases the captivating beauty of this glorious cascade from a height of 60 feet. 

Irupu Falls draws in a number of devotees who believe that a dip in its waters cleanses one’s sins and pay respect to the Shiva temple located along the banks of the river.

Location: Irupu Falls, Irupu Falls Rd, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The months of monsoons are the best time to witness the Irupu Falls at its maximum beauty.

Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

Timings: The timings at Irupu Falls is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, the Idukki Wildlife is located in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki at an altitude of 450 – 750 ft above the sea level.

The sanctuary, flanked on 3 sides by the tranquil waters of Idukki Lake, is housed amidst picturesque settings of tropical evergreen & semi-evergreen forests, meadows, and deciduous trees.
The Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the places to visit in Idukki, houses hordes of wild elephants.

The other species from the animal kingdom include bison, sambar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, Malabar Giant Squirrel, wild boars, and tigers. Reptilians such as Cobra, viper, krait, etc will bewilder the visitor, while avian species Malabar grey hornbill, Purple Sunbird, Golden Oriole, and Black bulbul enchant him.

Distance: 
40 km from Thodupuzha, Idukki.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee:
 None.

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Thirunelli Temple

One of the most religious places to visit in Wayanad, Thirunelli Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Known as the Kashi of the South, Thirunelli Temple has an interesting legend associated which says that Lord Brahma himself installed the idol of Lord Vishnu here and made this temple. 

Encompassed by the breathtaking beauty of Brahmagiri Hills, this temple is known for its tranquil ambience. Devotees at Thirunelli Temple pay their respects at the holy mountain stream known as Papanasini believed to have medicinal powers where rituals are performed and the sacred rock Pinnappara. 

It is also a popular belief that rituals performed for the dead at this temple attains eternal peace and salvation for the deceased souls.

Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

Best Time to visit: One should visit Thirunelli Temple from the month of September to March.

Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Arch Dam

The Idukki dam is constructed across the Periyar River, in a valley between the Kuravan and Kurathi hills in Kerala. The awe-inspiring, majestic dam, which stands at 167.68 meters (550 ft), is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. The dam, which is one of the Idukki tourist places, constructed by the Kerala government in 1975 and supports 780 MW hydroelectric power station that draws electricity from this dam.

The sheer magnitude of the structure along with the mountains, verdant vegetation, and 60 sq. km placid lake, which is created by the 3 dams, Idukki dam, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu, captivate the visitors.

Distance:
 33 km from Idukki Dist.

Timings:
Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Entry Fees:
 Rs 25 for adults and Rs 5 for children. The tariff for a 15-minute boat ride for 5 persons is Rs. 600.

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