God’s own country, Kerala has many popular tourist spots that are worth visiting. What attracts the tourists from all over the world is its spectacular beaches, labyrinthine backwaters, beautiful hill stations, amazing wildlife sanctuaries, and ravishing scenic beauty.
But very few of us know that Kerala has some less explored tourist spots that offer a breathtaking experience. For avoiding the hustle and bustle of a city life and revitalizing yourself, check out some of the offbeat places in Kerala listed below:
If you are looking for an eccentric tourist spot in Kerala then Nelliyampathy is the best choice for you. This spot is blessed with scenic beauty and its sprawling orange plantations and tea gardens.
This place is not just famous for its immaculate landscape but also for its wide range of fun activities like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation.
If you are a nature and wildlife lover then you will be enchanted by the exceptional beauty of Gavi. This quaint village boasts a wide range of flora and fauna here is very appealing. Lake boating, spice garden visits and bird watching are other popular activities of this place.
The Periyar Tiger Reserve close to Gavi gives you the scope to take a Jeep ride through this forest and observe some rare animal species. The forest shelters many animals such as elephants, bears, sambars, barking deer, tigers, Indian Gaurs and Nilgiri Martens. You will also find two rare species of Gopher trees here.
This pristine tourist spot features rich evergreen forests where many rare species of plant and animal are found. The Eravikulam National park located at this peak protects the endangered Nilgiri Thar and other rare species of animals, birds, and butterflies.
What adds an extra charm to this place are the swarming jungles of teak, black wood and dwarf bamboo. This spot is truly meant for nature lovers, photo fanatics, and adventure enthusiasts. Neelakurinji flower is also a speciality of this place and blooms only once in every 12 years.
4) Ashtamudi Backwaters
Located in Kollam, the Ashtamudi backwaters is Kerala’s undisclosed secret. The backwater is a habitat of more than 50 species of avifauna, 26 species of butterflies and 40 species of wetland-dependent birds.
Floating huts and houseboat cruises makes this place very special. You can also indulge in Ayurvedic therapies and bird watching activities here.
If you want to cruise on the luxurious houseboats around the backwaters of Kerala then Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is the best choice for you.
This longest lake in India is rich in algae that give its water a beautiful greenish tinge. Snake boat races are very popular here which are held during the Onam festival. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary located on the bank of this lake is an ideal destination for bird lovers.