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Kerala is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India among tourists from all around the world. Also known as ‘God’s own country’ this small state in India has no off-season for visitors. The state boasts of a pleasant climate throughout the year and offers memorable experiences for all kind of visitors. From picturesque sceneries to unique cuisines; from historical artifacts to the classical art forms; from its equable climate to its exotic wildlife, the state has a lot to offer.

Out of several different exotic locations in Kerala, Cochin deserves a special mention. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is the biggest cosmopolitan city of Kerala besides being the commercial capital of Kerala. The city is known as the queen of the Arabian Sea and offers numerous tourist spots. A Kerala tour without Cochin in the itinerary is always incomplete. Apart from the beautiful wonders of Cochin, the city is also close to various other tourist locations in the state like Allepey, Munnar etc.

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Cochin is lavishly spread with serene calm backwaters, green mountain valleys and strings of coconut trees. The stunning sight of sunset along the shores of Cherai beach and Fort Kochi beach is surely a spectacle for the eye especially with the fishermen who are busy catching fish with large Chinese fishing nets. Large stretches of shores are covered with such unique fishing nets that offer a never before seen look to the beaches. The backwaters in Cochin also offer wonderful experiences in the famous Kerala houseboats that are designed to provide luxurious comfort and a royal look. The rippling sound of water all around you and the surrounding coconut trees will definitely provide you a beautiful experience.

Apart from these scenic beauties, Cochin is also home to several ancient buildings like the Jewish synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church. Many of these buildings follow Portuguese style of architecture. These age old architectural structures in different parts of the city make Cochin a perfect place to spend a lovely vacation with your family and your friends.

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Apart from all these tourist spots in the city, Cochin is also famous for the various fairs and festivals like the Jewish festivals, Malayatoor Perunnal, Onam and Thalapoli. These fairs offer the perfect timings for visitors around the world to flock in to the city to enjoy the ambience of joy and fun all around and also get a look in to the rich traditions of the state.

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is one of the most visited tourist locations in India. This beautiful city is

fondly called as the Queen of Arabian Sea. This city has a history of trade relations (mainly spices) with

many nations across various continents and oceans from as early as 12 th century. It is one of the rarest

places on earth where you can actually feel history, heritage, scenic beauty etc co-existing beautifully

with modernity and urban lifestyle. The name of the city comes from the Malayalam term ‘Kochazhi’

which literally means small lagoon.

Kochi has a charm of its own which makes many tourists rearrange their itineraries and stay longer- be it

the scenic locales, the friendly people, the food or the rich cultural heritage. There are innumerable

places here which attract tourists. I am giving you details on some of it.

Fort Kochi Beach and the Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala): Walking through Fort Kochi beach during

evenings seeing the famous Chinese fishing nets (Kochi is the only place which uses such nets outside

China) can be one of the most beautiful memories of your life. There are also many historically

important places such as the Santa Cruz basilica to visit nearby.

Mattancherry: Mattancherry, which lies very near to Fort Kochi, gives you a feeling of visiting an old-

European town. The narrow pathways, the Jewish synagogue (built in 1568- decorated with Chinese tiles

and Belgian chandeliers), old houses, Dutch palace, all have many stories to tell you.

The Backwaters: There are many small islands in the backwaters near Kochi. A house-boat ride through

the scenic backwaters enjoying the light breeze will relieve you from any sort of tensions.

Marine Drive, Wellington island and Bolgatty Palace: Marine Drive, situated on the banks of Vembanad

Lake, is the city’s most popular hangout- both for the tourists and the locals. It is also a huge shopping

and food centre with various shopping malls and restaurants around. Wellington Island is a manmade

island named after Lord Wellington, the British Viceroy of pre-independent India. It has many hotels,

shopping centers, a harbor etc. Bolgatty Palace is situated in an island which overlooks Marine Drive,

Cochin Shipyard etc. Built originally by the Dutch, this place now has a heritage hotel and a well-

maintained garden.

Kochi also has many museums and other places of interest which you can easily find out. Finding the

right accommodation in Kochi is not an issue at all. There are numerous 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and

resorts in and around Kochi (also budget hotels) which provide excellent hospitality and

accommodation. Most of these hotels are capable of arranging sightseeing tours for you.

Cochin, also known as Kochi, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. This wonderful city is often fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea.’ This city has a history of trade relations with many nations across various continents and oceans from as early as 12th century. The trade was mostly spices. It is one of those rare places on earth where you can find history, heritage, and scenic beauty co-existing beautifully with modern, urban lifestyle. The name of the city is derived from the Malayalam term ‘Kochazhi’ which means ‘small lagoon.’

Kochi has a charisma of its own which makes many tourists reschedule their itineraries and stay longer- be it the scenic locales, the pleasant people, the good food or the rich historical and cultural heritage. There are countless places here which attract tourists. I am giving you information on some of the attractions in this article.

Fort Kochi Beach and the Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala): Walking through Fort Kochi beach during evenings seeing the famous Chinese fishing nets (Kochi is the only place which uses such nets outside China) can be one of the most beautiful memories of your life. There are also many historically important places such as the Santa Cruz basilica to visit nearby.

Marine Drive, Wellington Island and Bolgatty Palace: Marine Drive, situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, is the city’s most popular hangout- both for the tourists and the locals. It is also a huge shopping and food centre with various shopping malls and restaurants around. Wellington Island is a manmade island named after Lord Wellington, the British Viceroy of pre-independent India. It has many hotels, shopping centers, a harbor etc. Bolgatty Palace is situated in an island which overlooks Marine Drive, Cochin Shipyard etc. Built originally by the Dutch, this place now has a heritage hotel and a well-maintained garden.

Mattancherry: Mattancherry, which lies very near to Fort Kochi, gives you a feeling of visiting an old-European town. The narrow pathways, the Jewish synagogue (built in 1568- decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers), old houses, Dutch palace, all have many stories to tell you.

The Backwaters: There are many small islands in the backwaters near Kochi. A house-boat ride through the scenic backwaters enjoying the light breeze will relieve you from any sort of tensions.

Some of the best places for accommodation in Kochi are The Taj Hotel, Le meridian, Crown Plaza, The Mermaid, BTH Sarovaram, and Abad Hotel. You can pick out the right one according to your budget and the level of luxury and comfort you are looking for. Go on, have a wonderful time at Kochi.

Kerala is an ideal honeymoon destination. With lovely beaches and chilly hill stations this wonderful land invites the newly married couple to celebrate their togetherness. There are many stunning places in different parts of Kerala that can be marked by the couples to visit after their marriage. Many people in Kerala plan honeymoon trip to foreign countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Actually they never see the better portion of Kerala that are thousand times beautiful than the places that they plan to visit. You can spend some romantic days in Kerala destinations if you have a clear plan and wish. Here you will feel safe and secure. The warm people at here will treat you with care and love. Let us see some of the loveliest destinations having romantic ambiance in Kerala.

Munnar is a chilly hill station with ecstatically romantic atmosphere. It is the most ideal destination in Kerala for your honeymoon. The tea plantations and the lake at here will be creating a perfect ambiance for you to romance. You can start the journey from Cochin. Cochin itself is a stunning place to visit. Mermaid Hotel is one of the best options for your accommodation in this trip.

Gavi at Pathanamthitta is another romantic hill station in Kerala. You can enjoy the beauty of virgin wildlife and can go for exciting jungle safari at here.

Kovalam Beach at Trivandrum is the most romantic beach in the state. You can stay at any resort at here and can make your private hours a real celebration. Kappil Beach at Trivandrum near the Kollam boarder is another romantic beach in Kerala.

Alleppy is another romantic destination that you should visit with your partner. The houseboat cruise at here will be a once in life experience. You can also taste delicious cuisines like Kappa, Karimeen and toddy from here. The enchanting beauty of backwaters at Alleppy is beyond words to explain.

Wayand is a real honeymoon stopover. The view of Thamarasery Churam will be breath-taking for you. Boating at Pookkodu Lake with your partner will be another romantic experience for you.

There are many more romantic destinations in the state that you should visit with your partner. The beauty of Kerala cannot be explained in a single article. Get a private vehicle and drive through the misty roads of Munnar, Wayanad, Ponmudi in Trivandrum and Vagamon etc. You can feel the essence of romance in your journey. Kerala is well blessed with natural beauty. But sometimes we forget to see that and search beauty outside. Love your partner and land. Both needs and cares you than anything else. Both of them are the most romantic and beautiful things in the world for you.

Kerala though a subtropical region boasts a moderate climate throughout the year. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Indian ocean as well the Nilgiri ranges the state enjoys a pleasant climate yearlong. However if you are not one for the warmth of the sun and the salty wetness of the sea air there are the hill stations of Kerala.

The Munnar hill station is one of the most well known hill station of South India. World renowned for the exotic tea produced in the region, Munnar is a sought after tourist destination. The climate is cool to chilly depending on the season in this hill station. Sights to see include the numerous tea plantations and lakes. The Devikulam hills located in Munnaar have some of the most exotic flora and soft rolling hills that seem to be clad in green velvet. The Sita Devi lake at the Devikula hills has mieral rich water which is supposed to have medicinal properties.

Thekkadi is another popular tourist destination. The elephant sanctuary has very cool climate almost throughout the year and is very popular with tourists who love trekking and hiking. Elephant safaris with trained guards can be found here. The Vagamon is another popular summer retreat. The numerous waterfalls surrounding the area make the place seem like a greeting card. The quite tranquil environment cut off from the hustle and bustle of city life is a good place to focus your thoughts and rejuvenate your body.

The Ponmudi or the golden peak is yet another famous hill station. Peppara wildlife sanctuary and Meenmutti waterfalls are two other sites that you could visit while on your way to Ponmudi. Located quite near to the capital city Pomudi offers a quick getaway for those who do not want to leave the comforts of the city hotels. Another popular hill station is Idukki. If you visited Kerala after being enchanted with the lore of spices this place is a must visit. The aroma of spices linger in the air as the hill stations boasts several spice plantations including cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, etc.

Gavi is alesser known hill station of Kerala but not behind any other in its breathtaking beauty. Home to several exotic flora and fauna Gavi offers several opportunities for trekking and camping. The place has excellent facilities for tourists and trained guides can be found who can take you around for guided tours. The entrance to Gavi has a museum along with a garden which has some very rare flowers including orchids which aren’t seen anywhere else. A view of the Sabarimala temple can be seen from atop one of the hills. Kochupampa a tributary of the Pampa River is very near to the hill station.

Kerala, The God’s own Country is blessed with lot of temples and historical churches. Lot of pilgrims comes to the state for their religious purpose. Sabarimala the Temple of Lord Ayyappa, the Malayattoor Church are the best examples in the list. Every district in the state has at least one famous temple or church. If one wants to cover maximum number of temples or churches in one go, Ernakulam is the best place in Kerala.

Chottanikkara Temple is most famous temple in Ernakulam district. All the three Goddesses in the Hindu mythology are worshipped here. In the morning Goddess Saraswati, afternoon Lekshmi and evening Durga are worshiped here. The temple is famous for its wooden sculptures. The women in Kerala and the neighboring states are devoted to Chottanikkaradevi from their heart. The ‘Guruthi Pooja’ in the evening is the most auspicious ritual at the temple. Every year lot of people visits the temple for the famous “Makam Thozhal” festival.

Vallarpadam Church is another pilgrim centre at Ernakulam. Lot of pilgrims visits the church irrespective of caste. Mary, the mother of Lord Jesus commonly called as Vallarpadathamma is worshiped at the church. The church has historical importance too. It was built in the sixteenth century, by the Portuguese merchants. The church was rebuilt after is got destroyed by heavy flood in the end of seventeenth century. The church is now a national pilgrim centre which has received special status from the Pope.

Foreign visitors to Ernakulam cannot ignore the Santa Cruz Basilica at Fort Kochi. The cathedral got the status of one of the eight basilicas in India. The church can be considere as one of the heritage point of south India. The one who visits the church would get feast of architecture and ancient styles.

One of the seven major Shiva Temples of Kerala is located at the heart of Ernakulam that is the Ernakulam Siva Temple. Lord Shiva at the temple is called Ernakulathappan by the local people. The Lord is considered as the protector of the city. The temple once was one of the Royal Temples of the Kingdom of Cochin, is now under the administration of Cochin Devasom Board. The festival of the temple happening once in a year during the month of December or January is the prestigious and proud event of the town. The fireworks during the grand finale of the festival are very famous and the local clubs do the fireworks as a competitive event.

Sree Poornathrayeesha Temple is another greatest temple of Kerala which situated in Ernakulam city. The temple is famous for its yearly festival. The festival is called ‘Vrichikoltsawam’. During the festival throughout the day various cultural activities takes place around the temple.

The people of Kerala have the habit of planning trips only as a search for different food items. This is actually an exciting idea. We have gone trips to see natural wonders like lakes, hill station and beaches etc. We have visited man made fascinations like palaces and amusement parks. Here is a new reason to plan a trip. Like we see in many television shows, why can’t we make a trip to taste the different food items in our state? Our state Kerala is not only rich in natural wealth, but we are also rich in delicious cuisines that are exclusively available here. Let us make a glance through some mouth-watering cuisines in Kerala and some of the important shops that you can mark before starting the trip. Then pack the luggage and keep your taste buds ready.

Cochin is a wonderful city with many stunning attractions including Lulu Shopping Mall, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace and Synagogue etc. This city is also famous for Kayikka’s shop where you get the most tasty non-vegetarian food items in Kerala. The Biriyani at here is simply irresistible. People from all parts of the state visit this shop to taste the Biriyani. Cochin food trip will be an exciting experience. You can stay at Mermaid Hotel at Vyttila and can add the fun of your trip.

Calicut and Thalassery Biriyani are famous all over the world. Rahmat Hotel and Paragon Hotel at Calicut are the must visit shops at Calicut to taste Biriyani. Beef Biriyani at Rahmat Hotel is simply mouth-watering. You can also buy many sweet items from the Mittayi Theruvu at Calicut. Calicut Halwa is famous for its unique taste.

Kappa (tapioca), Karimeen (fish), and Kallu (toddy) are the most special cusines in Kerala. Karimbinganam at Kottayam is a family toddy shop that invite you with various types of fish items and sweet toddy. Dining at here will be a different experience.

Buhari Hotel at Trivandrum is famous for Puttu and Mutton. This hotel is open 24×7 and it is a favourite dining spot of the local people. Zam zam is at Palayam is famous for Arabian dishes. Pathayam at Statue Junction serves you healthy food items including fruit meals.

At Thalassery in Kannur you can taste delicious Biriyani and Kallummakaya.

Other major food attractions in Kerala are the small shops called Thattukada that you can see all over the state. They serve tasty and hot dosha, tapioca, puttu and many more items. The story of food and hotels in Kerala is not over by here. Make a trip to the remote places in the state and find more delicious dishes. Find more reasons to visit Kerala.

A family trip will strengthen the relationship between the family members. This is very important in this time when the family relations in the home get faded as everybody is busy in their own world. The generation has changed a lot and a single home holds 4 or 5 different worlds. The effect of social medias had great effect in building distance in family relationships. The youth started to make relationship with unknown personal and they stated caring them more than their family members. The significance of a family journey is more in this situation. While planning a family trip, the most important thing you should plan is the destination. An unpleasant destination can ruin the fun of whole trip. Here is a great plan for your family trip. You can cover the better portions of Cochin and Thekkady in 2 days. Make a glance and celebrate your weekend.

Cochin is a city holding colonial beauty. There are many stunning places to visit at here. The Marine Drive is a place where you can relax in the evening time. In this plan you can only spend one daCochin. So it is better to not add the beautiful places like Kumbalangy, Vypin and Wonderla in this plan. We can add the stunning stopovers that you can visit in a single day. Mattancherry Palace which is also called Dutch Palace is a place that depicts the architectural brilliance of Kerala in the colonial era. Near to this palace is the Paradeshi Synagogue located. This place is an active Jewish religious centre. Lulu Mall is the largest shopping mall in Kerala and is located in Edappally. If you get more time, you can visit Hill Palace located at Thripunithura. After the day you can stay at Mermaid Hotel at Vypin. The stay in Mermaid Hotel in Cochin will add the fun of your trip.

In the early morning you can leave to Thekkady in Idukki District. Thekkady is a treasure trove of wildlife. Thekkady is located about 150km from Cochin and you can take Pala-Kuttikanam route if you are in your own vehicle. Bus service is also available to Thekkady from Cochin. Thekkady is a place that well blessed with natural beauty. The boating through the Periyar River will be a once in life experience. While somebody think of boating in Kerala, the first image that comes in mind is boating through the Periyar River at Thekkady. You can see wild animals like Tiger and deer in their natural habitat in your boating. Elephants climbing down the hill to bath in the river will be an exciting visual treat for you and your camera. The two days at Cochin and Thekkady will be the most memorable days in your life.

Lovely Visuals in Kerala

The reason why the global travelers rush to Kerala is the unlimited natural beauty hidden in the villages and the wildlife areas at here. There are many exclusive attractions of Kerala that you can never witness from other portions of the world. The immense greenery and the pure water at here makes this land the ‘God’s own country’. As you walk through the ways in Kerala you can see many lovely visuals that will defeat your mind. The beauty of Kerala cannot be limited to some photographs and thus you will sure come back here to enjoy this blessed beauty again and again. Let us see some of the loveliest visuals that you see exclusively at Kerala.

The coconut trees in rows are the first thing that you gonna notice at Kerala. At all the 14 districts at Kerala, you can see coconut farms and even you can see coconut trees in most of the residences. This is used for many purposes. The fruit of coconut is used as an ingredient in most of the tasty food items that you get at here. Coconut oil is used for cooking the same. The shell of coconut is used for making many craft works. Never forget to buy some items to show your friends are relatives as a memoir of your Kerala trip. Next thing you notice at here are the paddy fields. The beautiful paddy fields that you see in your road or train journey are also the backbone of Kerala agriculture. Elephant is a major attraction of Kerala. Indian elephants are common to see at here. Kodanad Elephant Kraal at Ernakulam District is a special attraction at here. In some places you can enjoy elephant safari too. This will be an amazing experience for you.

Kerala backwaters are famous all over the world. You can see emerald backwaters in places like Cochin, Alleppy, Kumarakom etc. There are houseboat services at all of these places in different rates. A voyage through the backwaters at Kerala will be an incomparable experience. Another attraction of Kerala is the virgin wildlife. There are many forest areas and national parks in different parts of the state which is a habitat for many rare animals, birds and trees. There are many lovely visuals at Kerala including the sunset. Sunset at beaches like Cherai Beach, Cochin, Shangumugham, Trivandrum are simply awesome. Now the next thing that you should see at Kerala is the Kerala traditional costumes. You can even try them too. A girl in ‘Mundum Neryathum’ which is a Kerala traditional woman’s wear will look gorgeous. Other thing you should never miss in Kerala is the food items. The items like Puttu, Dosha and Halwa will be the best thing that could fill your stomach and mind. Come and enjoy the visuals at Kerala.

The journey of a traveler finds no end points. There are always more places to visit in this world for every traveler. Here at India, there are many hidden beauties that the traveler in you can explore for attaining more knowledge and contentment. Cochin, as you know is a place of great fascination. You can explore the most of your holidays at here. There are number of tourist attractions like Museums, Amusement parks, Village attractions, religious centers and other unique places to invite you at Cochin. You will take more than three days to cover all these mind-blowing stopovers at Cochin. There are many hotels and resorts running in different parts of the city that offer the most comfortable accommodation for your team. While choosing the place for stay you should consider the accessibility of the major travel attractions from the hotel. On considering this factor, Mermaid hotel at Vyttila is a highly recommendable one. By staying here you can cover all fabulous spots in Cochin. Once you cover all of the Cochin fascinations, you have a great destination ahead. It is Lakshadweep, which is the tiniest Union Territory in India. It is a group of 36 small islands out of which 10 are inhabited. This is a place of virgin marine beauty and you can see a new world of deep marine fantasies at here.

Lakshadweep is a place that you should never miss in your life. The islands can be reached by ship as well as air from Cochin. Agatti Aerodrome on Agatti Island is the only airport in Lakshadweep and you get flight from Cochin International Airport to here. The other islands at here are linked through boat services or through helicopter. There are six ships to connect Cochin and Lakshadweep; they are M.V Kavaratti, M.V Aminidivi, M.V Minicoy, M.V Arabian Sea, M.V Lakshadweep Sea and M.V Bharath Seema. Special permission is needed to visit this Union Territory as these places come under specially protected areas. There are many limitations for the visitors at here. Alcoholic beverage consumption is not permitted here except on Bangaram Island. There are many stunning stopovers at the islands in which some of them are pointed below. Golden Jubilee Museum at Agatti Island is a must visit spot that will give you more information about the history of this place. The Kalpeni Beach is a lovely beach that offers many water sports activities to the visitors. The 37 meter high lighthouse in Kalpeni Island is another attraction for you. You get the wide view of the island from the top of this light house. Bangaram Island has the most attractive coral reef destination and you can also enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at here. Minicoy Tower House at Minicoy Island, Samundrika Museum at Delanipur and Dolphin Dive Centre are the major tourist destinations at Lakshadweep.