Colorful wildlife which is one hell of a wishlist

Colorful Kerala is an enchanting kaleidoscope full of breathtaking surprises. The equable climates, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields made it one of the sought after tourist destinations in Asia.  The salient features made this small land as one of the “ten paradises of the world” by the National Geographic Traveler. Apart from exotic scenery, Kerala unfolds cultural canvas, fascinating in its variety.  Here are some of the destinations in the city that are worth to pay a visit-Wayanad-  Wayanad is one of the unique places in Kerala. So this place can become your favourite place in Kerala if you are waterfalls, caves and most importantly a hilly range. Wayanad has a lot to offer you, from dense green hills to comfortable resorts.As a visitor, you get a lot of things to see and experience here. One of the unique features about Wayanad is its spice plantations. This place is filled with greenery with historical caves and wildlife which is one hell of a wishlist of places to visit. You can also get the idea of how “green Paradise” looks like if you are looking forward to sightseeing the essence of Wayanad.Wayanad is a perfect place to visit and to explore the rich history of Kerala.Munnar-  Munnar is very famous for its tea estates, lush greenery and craggy peaks, serving as commercial centre for world’s largest tea estates. One can enjoy going to Tea gardens, Top station, Mattupetty Dam, Photo point. There are various waterfalls for the refreshing feel like Attukal waterfalls,  Pallivasal falls, Power house falls, and Thoovanam falls. Some of the other sites are Kalari Kshethra, Pothamedu viewpoint and Lock Heart Gap.Kumarakom-  It is a village on Vembanad lake in the backwaters of Kerala. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, Wild Duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and fascinate all visitors. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort.Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts, set amidst coconut groves offering a panoramic view of the backwaters.Kovalam- Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding. There is a bit of hippie culture here, and one can spot a lot of tourists from Israel and Europe. The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches – Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent.Varkala-  It’s on the Arabian sea backed by palm-covered red cliffs. It has several tourist attractions that include a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the Ashramam – Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.The Papanasam Beach (also called Varkala Beach), which is ten kilometres away from Varkala, is renowned for a natural spring, which is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of contaminations and the soul of all sins; hence the name ‘Papanasam Beach’. It also offers amazing accommodation facilities and many Ayurvedic massage centres. Kochi- Kochi or Cochin, however you want to spell it, it is still going to be the most popular tourist place in Kerala. There are beautiful places to visit in Kochi, and one of them is Ernakulam which is a beautiful district, and it has been said that trading was a major part of this district. Ernakulam is ever such an evolving district, but it is going to be a great plat to visit in Kochi.Kochi is a popular tourist because Kochi offers beautiful places to spend your holidays with finest hotels/homestays and heritage accommodation. You will also get to experience south Indian arts, especially Keralan arts which looks historic and beautiful. Other than that tourists are also attracted towards the chines fishing nets, Dutch cemetery and a Jewish synagogue.Trivandrum- Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s capital – still usually referred to by its colonial name, Trivandrum, urban life down south. Trivandrum is famous for its enchanting tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam, historical monuments with Gothic architecture, lakes/backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Happyland Amusement Park, etc. are some of the tourist attractions in the city. It usually takes two full days to travel this city.Vagamon-  Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of equanimity.  The place is simply blessed by nature and have some beautiful resorts for tourist’s leisure.Thrissur- Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala and go on an exhilarating, whimsical ride. It is known for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala. Best places that you can visit here are-  Cheraman Juma Masjid- oldest mosque in the country,  Vadakkunnathan Temple, Shakthan  Thampuran  Palace was coroneted in 1791, Snehatheeram Beach, Our Lady of  Dolours basilica- 3rd tallest church building in Asia, Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple, Archaeological Museum established in 1938, Chettuva Backwater and others.Thekkady-   The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of the Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of the wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. The early morning boat ride is a fantastic experience where you can spot many wild animals. The city is famous for coffee and spice plantations. One should not miss elephant ride here, as you can get a thrilling wildlife experience. You can roam around the places like Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Periyar Lake, Gavi Forest, Mangala Devi Temple etc. at Thekkady.So, these are the top 10 places that you must travel to, whenever you plan to visit Kerala. Have you visited any of these places earlier? Please let you know your experience in the comments section.