Kerala, the land of god, known as the Gods Own Country is famous for its coconuts, elephants, & backwater also enrich in traditions & land of cultures. It has been one of the most sought after places by travellers from all around the world.
It is without any doubt one among the most beautiful places on our planet earth & that is the reason why it is known as the “Gods Own Country”. Kerala’s landscapes are almost as diverse as its people & their culture. The history of the people & simplicity of Kerala is one of the major factors in attracting the tourists from all over the world most of the time.
The people of Kerala, also known as “Malayali” speaking, Malayalam language, belonging to different ethnic groups & religions. Keralites who are known for their simplicity & their love for nature, they seek for simple life & not a believer of show off lifestyle. Kerala was also the only state with a literacy rate of 100%, unfortunately which decreased a little bit but nevertheless still maintaining it above 90 %. People there are very much down to earth; they can speak English so language barrier is not a problem. Women there were traditional cloth known as saree & men mostly wear lungi with towel on top. Children there follow fashion & wear from jeans top to salwar kurti.
If it’s really a 3 day visit then the places you can visit are
1. Alleppey Beach
The Alleppey beach also Known as the “Venice of the East”, Alappuzha has always lazed around a major place in the history of Kerala. Alappuzha or say Alleppey is a place where there is a network of rivers which are flowing into it & also the Arabian Sea. The Tourists comes here to watch, hangout & relax after all it has marvellous & alluring natural beauty all around. Alappuzha is a nothing but a wonderland of Kerala.
2. Krishnapuram Palace
Krishnapuram Palace was built in the late 18th century by the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma Maharaja, it is now have become an archeological museum. It exhibits many antique sculptures & exquisite paintings too which are extremely loved by the tourists.
The palace is famous for magnificent mural paintings & architecture. The most famous fresco in Krishanpuram Palace is the 14 feet by 11 feet Gagendra Moksham fresco, which is the biggest of its kind in Kerala.
The backwaters of Alleppey could be expressed as a mirage of what actually heaven must look like, only, it’s not a mirage but very real & you just can’t stop looking at it.
Alleppey is blessed with a rather unusual geographical feature the water at level with the l& which is the beauty of it. Thus making it a very popular tourist spot, also tourists get the prospect of closely examine village life on the shore while they are on the way on the cruise on the backwaters.
Kuttanad has is famous by the name “rice bowl of Kerala”. Known by it’s for big & huge green paddy fields which are against the backdrop of.
Adding to the enthralling scenery is the convoluted network of inl& waterways, which actually flow above ground level makes them so wonderful to watch.
5. Arthunkal Church
The St. &rew’s Forane Church at Arthunkal in the District Alappuzha is known for its ten-day annual feast, well known by Arthunkal Perunnal. The wonderful feast is held in January every year. A march carrying the statue of “St. Sebastian”, from the church to the beach & vice versa is a very important event during this feast.
The main attraction of this “ten-day feast” here is the ceremony which is performed on the final day of the feast, it is when the devotees crawl on their knees from all the way to the church from the beach. This is then followed by a ceremonial parade to the beach. This was built by the Portuguese at that time. People from different faiths comes here to join in the festivities of 10 days.
6. Karumadi Kuttan Statue
Karumadi Kuttan Statue is situated in the Karumadi village which is near Alleppey. The Karumadi Kuttan is a trace of Kerala’s glorious past known as a Buddhist centre. It is basically a huge black granite statue of Lord Buddha created in the late 10th century AD.
This piligrim is located 5 km to the east of Ambalapuzha in Alappuzha. Very fascinating & attention grabbing legends are connected with this statue of Lord Buddha. The locals here consider the Karumadikuttan with warmth & he is accredited with many healing powers.
7. MUNNAR Tea gardens
Tea Gardens of Munnar are apple of everyone’s eyes! They are stretched till you see far away from your naked eyes along with the slopes of the cardamom hills which everyone find rare beauty to take a look at. One can never be tire of looking at this green flourishing valley that is a trademark of Munnar. Kerala truly God’s own country can be seen here!!
8. TOP STATION & ECHO – POINT
As Munnar is a most preferred place in Kerala crowded for the whole year. There are lots of places to be explored in Munnar. Top Station & Echo Point are basically among the many attractive destinations in Munnar known so far for its beauty.
Top Stations located around 32 km away from the Munnar & is the highest point in Munnar which is to be 17000 kms on the Munnar-Kodaikkanal road. The place basically falls on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Here you can watch & adventure the panoramic view of the Western Ghats & even the valley of Theni.
9. Mattupetty Dam
The dam of Mattupetty is basically a storage concrete gravity dam. The dam was constructed as a Hydro-electric project in the late 1940s for the basic purpose of water conservation & obviously power generation. Now the dam is a vital source of electricity generation in Munnar & has become a tourist spot too due to the attractive surroundings.
10. PHOTO POINT
The photo point of the Munnar is a great place for visitors to click amazing pictures connected with nature. The place gives you live feeling of how the heaven would actually looks like. A great place with all the greenery & lake view makes it sorer to everyone’s eye. People even visit there for picnic with families.
11. Kannan Devan Tea Museum
The Kannan devan museum is the country’s very first ever Tea Museum which is located at KDHP’s Nullatanni Estate & is just a five minute drive from Munnar Town if you are really fan of museum. The thousands of tourists who visit Munnar for sightseeing every year can carry a home feeling of the different past of this tea planting district. The main aim of the Tea Museum is to represent the growth of this place which more than a century old now tea plantation district.
12. Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park
Eravikulam National Park is basically situated in the High Ranges of the Kannan Devan Hills of the Southern Western Ghats in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district in Kerala State. It is covering an area of 97 sq. Km & the place was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1975 & a National Park in 1978. This park has park high altitude grasslands.
The national park is known to have for 26 species of mammals. One of them is the last surviving endangered Nilgiri Tahr population in the Eravikulam Park & other mammals include Indian tiger, Stripe-necked Mongoose, small clawed otter, Ruddy Mongoose etc. It’s a place where you connect with the nature & its beauty.
13. Rose Gardens
The rose garden is maintained by Mr. Tommy & his children. The stay here in Rose Garden is pleasant to eyes & very exquisite. You will be glad to go with Rose Garden near Munnar. It is known to be the perfect balance of nature & convenience to Munnar. Both Dinner & Breakfast are provided here which is known to be fabulous & who can deny coffee from their very own farm.
14. Varkala Beach
The Varkala beach is like the hidden part of countryside of India. It is one of the cleanest & the most beautiful beach of India.This place is not much known but is a wonderful place to be visited. There are restaurant opposite to the cliffs where you & have snacks & enjoy the view with beach’s breeze. The beach is very quiet & good for swimming & even a good place to have kids around. There are several restaurants on the way to the beach & resorts nearby where you can stay. The place is visited mostly for the sunrise & sunset. Janardhana Swami Temple
The Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000 years old temple which is situated in Varkala. The divinity of this temple is Lord Vishnu & Hindu pilgrims come here to perform final rites for the departed loved ones.
15. Kappil Lake
The Kappil lake is about 6 kilometres to north of Varkala town. It is bordered with coconut groves & trees. This peaceful estuary roves elegantly & then merges into the great Arabian Sea. One must get on the bridge that is built across the lake & you will surely get the most fascinating view of your lifetime where the lake looks sky blue.
16. Varkala Light House
The Varkala light house is a must visit place to get a 360 degree view of Varkala. It is about 10 km from the cliff. One should remove your footwear before climbing the steps as it is a working light house & should not get dirty. Steps here are around 200 & are not wide. The place is a must visit spots for the tourist if you want to enjoy a 360 degrees of beautiful view
Sivagiri is a beautiful temple & memorial. It is place with great historical importance. Spirituality unites everything here. The Guru devotees will definitely love a visit to this place for sure. Guru’s Samadhi, the Sharada known as the Goddess of Knowledge, have a temple here