Kerala Tourism Guide: FAQs About Kerala Tourist Places [Tourist Tips]

After so many consultations and considerations, you have finally decided to visit Kerala for your upcoming vacation. But, what bothers you is the thought of it being a South Indian state and for years Jammu & Kashmir, Shimla, Kullu-Manali and other North Indian states have been the most sought after tourist destinations for travelers. Hence you are worried about your decision. It is when you look for more information about Kerala. Your search begins with the below questions

  • Best time to visit Kerala?
  • What is the normal temperature in Kerala?
  • Is visiting Kerala simple or difficult?
  • How to reach Kerala from particular city?
  • What to do in Kerala
  • Where to stay in Kerala?
  • What to experience in Kerala?
  • Which cities to be visited in Kerala?
  • What are best places to enjoy water sports in Kerala?
  • List of good beaches to visit in Kerala?
  • Things to buy in Kerala?

and so on… Don’t worry! You have made the best decision and all your queries about Kerala are answered here.

#1 Which tourist places must be visited in Kochi?

kochi Jewish synagogue

Kochi is on the South-West Coast of Kerala supervising the Arabian Sea. For eras it has been a center for merchants and travelers from several nations. There are various places to visit in Kochi from where you can witness the mixture of vintage and modern Kochi altogether like:

  • Fort Kochi: Well-known for Chinese fishing nets, attractive seashores and the architectural style of the buildings.
  • Mattancherry Palace: Built-in 1555 A.D. by the Portuguese, also known as Dutch Palace.
  • Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands: It is where the Arabian Sea merges with Vembanad Lake and where you can see Fort Kochi on one side.
  • Cherai Beach:  Among the beautiful beaches fronting the Arabian Sea.
  • Hill Palace Museum: Built in 1865 and was the governmental command center of Kochi Rajas.
  • Backwaters of Kochi: Relish natures’ abundance through the propagation of palm and coconut trees facing the pellucid waters, and prodigy at the quiet atmosphere generated by the archetypal flashes of Kochi.

#2 What is the best time to visit Kerala?

Athirappally waterfalls

When to visit Kerala solely depends on with whom you are going to visit. Honeymoon couples, vacationers, family trips, friends trip all of these have different idea of visiting to various spots of Kerala.  Best time to visit:

  • Backwaters: September to March, as after rains the backwaters are at their best.
  • Fairs and Festivals: Attukal Pongala in January, Guruvayur in March, ThrissurPooram in May, Champakulam Boat Race in July, Nehru Trophy Boat Race in August, Onam in September, and Parumala Perunnal in November are among the best to witness.
  • Historical Places: October to May, as sunshine would be convenient for travelling across the state.
  • Natural Beauty: July to September, the rains fills the entire Kerala with various shades of green.
  • Tree Houses: Avoid Rainy season, rest seasons are fine.
  • Water Falls: July to October when the pace of falls flowing makes them look like Milk. Kerala in Monsoon is not bad choice.
  • Hill Stations – To enjoy the chilling nature of Hill Stations you should visit Munnar & Wayanad during winter season. September to January is recommended season to visit Kerala for hill stations.

#3 What are the must-experience things in Kerala?

nehru trophy boat race

Well, a pretty descriptive question. Kerala will steal your heart on your arrival. Be it food, culture, people, beaches, backwaters, village tour, fishing in houseboats or famous historical places of Kerala. You would love to experience all of them. Listed here are some experiences that you should not miss while on Kerala tour.

  • Architecture tour to Fort Kochi
  • Bird watching & Village Tour in Kumarakom
  • Going on a Shikara rides in Alappuzha
  • Having Meal at the Veli Tourist Village
  • Staying in a Tree House
  • Swimming in the Arabian Sea
  • Taking a spice tour in Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad
  • Taking the Periyar Jungle Jeep Ride
  • Visiting Coffee plantation in Wayanad
  • Watching festival Theyyam
  • Watching the flower Neelakurinji Blooming once in 12 years in Munnar
  • Watching the Snake Boat Races

And lot more to experience.

#4 Which is the best place in Kerala popular for Backwater Tourism?

kerala backwater houseboat

Kerala Backwaters are well-known around the world for their hospitality and services. Majority of travellers plan a trip only for Kerala Backwaters. Listed below are 5 popular Kerala Backwaters to spent time with family and friends.

  • Kasaragod is away from the tourist centers, but is an attractive village that proposes backwater services. This place is impeccable for serene boat rides and exploration. It is in the Padanna and grasps its own spirit.
  • Kuttanad has the pleasing environmental features. It is the lowest place in India and lies below the sea level. Rice being the prime crop here, it is called as “The Rice Bowl of Kerala”. It is a part of Alapuzha district.
  • Kumarakom offers a view like no other place in Kerala. The green paddy fields with the Mangrove forests seek your attention; accompanied by the waterways which is bedded by white lilies draw visitors here from all over the world.
  • Kollam is among the oldest harbors on the Malabar Coast, and is distinguished for its Cashew industry. 30% of the backwaters of this town are engaged by the famous Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam houseboat voyages are the lengthiest backwater ride in Kerala, enduring for 8 hours from Kollam to Alleppey.

#5 What makes Kerala a different tourist destination than the rest of the Indian states?

munnar hill station

Being in the southern part of country, Kerala has everything in abundance. This state with blend of art, culture, fairs, festivals, spices, hospitality, wellness, adventure, greenery, quietness, and lot more attracts more than thousands of tourists every year. Be it natural beauty, backwaters, food and beverages, vegetation, hill stations, temperature, seashores, waterfalls, Ayurveda, yoga, medicines, spices etc. Kerala has everything to offer to its visitors. All these together are rare found in any of the northern states of India.

Kerala calls every relation be you are friends, couples, family or colleagues. It is a haven for honeymooners as well. It is preferred as the honeymoon destination among newly wedded couples. The honeymoon couples prefer the Kerala backwaters as they offers them complete privacy in the nature’s lap. The temperature here is moderate throughout the year. It is also to be noted that Kerala is easily accessible form all part of country and world with prompt airways, railways and roadways.

#6 What are the best things to do in Wayanad?

wayanad hill station

Wayanad is the only district in Kerala sharing its border with both the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Cycling through the rocky and less visited paths of Wayanad is delightful. Trekking up from the slopes of Banasura Ranges and leading to Sahibkkunnu in Wayanad. Another adventure would be trekking up to the “Valley of Clouds”in Wayanad. You can also hike through scenic tea gardens and spice plantations to wooded rain forests of Wayanad. Boating to witness and discover the charming beauty of the Banasura Dam in Wayanad. And reconnoitering the Kuruva Islands by Bamboo Rafting. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is also prime tourist destination in Kerala but make sure you visit this place during June to October.

#7 Is Kerala tourism expensive?

Don’t worry, visiting Kerala will not cost you a fortune, and here are a few reasons.

  • Connectivity: All the major cities of Kerala are well-connected by rail, road, and airways from the rest of the major cities across India and the globe. Thus, it requires lesser time to travel and saves ticketing charges.
  • Entry Fee: For different places to be visited like museums, plantations, Jungle Safari, etc. you need to pay for the entrance.
  • Guides and Local People: It is assured that you need not pay extra to the guides as the local people share all available resources and information about what to visit, when to visit, how to visit and many others.
  • Customized Tour Plans: If you visit Kerala by your own than it might cost you a bit more money. There are various tour operators, who assist you the trip as per your wish. You may include and certain place or you may leave it; it is up to the white sauce you consume. Tour operator will provide you complete Kerala Tour Package with good hotels, taxi and driver which will make your transport communication very easy. Often Taxi Drivers will show you the places and explain you why particular place is popular and things to do.
  • Souvenir Shop: The monuments, spices, ropes, offered here affordable. There are plenty of things you can buy from Kerala like Aranmula Kannadi, coir products, kasavu mundu, kathakali masks, tea & coffee and many more things.
  • Close to Nature and Away from Synthetic Nature: As Kerala is close to nature so you don’t need to spend money to enjoy the beautiful views. Kerala has many national parks where you can do Jeep Safari which will cost you money but yet affordable.

#8 How much does a Kerala trip cost?

The cost of a Kerala trip depends on how long you stay and what kind of activities you engage in. The cost includes lodging, food, transportation, internal state flights(if any), jungle safaris(Thekkady or Periyar), houseboat rides, etc. The flight cost from other states to Kerala can be one of the biggest expenses. However, once you’re in Kerala, local transportation costs will be relatively low.

The cost of the trip also varies depending on the type of travel and accommodations you choose. If you’re looking for a more authentic and budget-friendly experience, consider staying in homestays or guesthouses rather than luxury hotels. And if you’re comfortable traveling without air conditioning, that will also help keep your costs down. However, some of the most popular destinations in Kerala like Munnar and Thekkady can be a bit pricier. So it’s always a good idea to do your research ahead of time to find the best deals.

#9 What are the minimum and maximum days required for a Kerala trip?

The minimum days required for a Kerala trip are 3-4 days. What you can do in your three days trip to Kerala are:

  • Spend 1 day in Alleppey. Here you can visit Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Spend 1 day in Munnar. Here you can visit Pothamedu ViewPoint, TATA Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam, and Eravikulam National Park.
  • Spend 1 day in Kovalam. Here you can visit Lighthouse Beach, Akkulam Lake, Vellayani Lake, and Valiathura Pier.

The maximum days required for a Kerala trip are 7-8 days. You can plan your 7 nights 8 days Kerala trip this way:

  • Spend day 1 at Cochin
  • Transfer to Munnar on day 2 and continue sightseeing till day 3
  • Spend day 4 in Thekkady
  • Spend day 5 in Alleppey
  • Transfer to Koval on day 6 and continue sightseeing and do some shopping in Kovalam till Day 7
  • Bid adieu on day 8

#10 How can I plan 4 days in Kerala?

Here is the itinerary for 4 days trip to Kerala:

Day 1: Arrival at Kochi, do the sightseeing and spend the night.

Day 2: After breakfast, head to Alleppey. Spend the night in a houseboat.

Day 3: Head to Thekkady where you will spend the rest of the 2 days of your 4 days trip to Kerala.

Day 4: Visit Periyar National Park. Enjoy a boat ride in Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy local cuisines.

#11 How to choose the Kerala package?

With so many Kerala package options available, how do you choose the right one? Here are a few tips to help you make your decision:

  • First, decide what type of trip you want to take. Are you interested in exploring the state’s natural beauty, or would you prefer to stay in one place and relax? Once you’ve decided on the feel of your trip, you can start narrowing down your package options.
  • Next, consider your budget. Kerala packages can vary widely in price, so it’s important to choose one that fits your budget. Remember, though, that cheaper doesn’t always mean better. In many cases, it’s worth spending a bit more to get a higher quality package.
  • Finally, don’t forget to read the reviews! Checking out what other travelers have to say about their experiences with different Kerala packages can be extremely helpful in making your final decision. 

With these tips in mind, choosing the perfect Kerala package should be a breeze!

If you have any more questions regarding Kerala than feel free to share in comments section and we will share detail answer for them.

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joseph nassif

Hello from France

I would like to know whether you organise trips in the south of India for a period of 10/12 days.
We are 2 couples in their sixties and would like to see cultural place like temples and also spend some time ro see the beautiful nature in Kerala .

Please let us know what is the best time to visit south of India.

best regards


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