Kerala, the God’s Own Country, is one of India’s prime tourist destinations catering to travelers coming from far off lands. This South Indian state pleases with its backwaters, rich culture, Ayurvedic brilliance and even luxury, if that’s what you are looking for. Regardless of what your preferences are, you will not be disappointed on a trip to Kerala. Visit this with your parents, kids, better half or even solo – there will be something or the other in the store for everyone.
Being a tourist destination flocked by heavy tourist crowd, Kerala might slip off your destinations of considerations. But, wait! There are many hideouts in the state that are far beyond the tourist crowd. So, to help you finding the best offbeat travel destinations to visit in Kerala, here is a list of 8 best ones, where you can unwind without having to worry about long queues in front of the attractions.
Since the beaches of Kerala already are a significant magnetizing factor for tourism, you will most likely find heavy tourist crowd, especially if you are visiting during peak tourist season. But, there are places like Mararikulam which welcomes with abundance of tranquillity. Mararikulam is a fishing village, so you can expect delicious seafood to be served here. Speaking of beaches again, the Mararikulam Beach is extremely serene and neat, ideal for anyone wanting a peaceful escapade.
2. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve:
Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Parambikulam is far away from tourist’s radar. Other than the tigers, you have a fair chance of spotting hornbills and Parambikulam Frog here. This wildlife hotspot was special to famous Indian ornithologist and naturalist, Dr. Salim Ali and he’d been around for three years.
Another little-known paradise, Thalassery is located on the Northern ends of the state. The Colonial charm of this place is something that deserves a special and foremost mention. Thalassery has indeed given India many of its firsts, such as the first plum cake. Located by the Arabian sea, Thalassery has some of most stunning beaches you can drive in. Not just that, the culinary offering of this place is something that will please you for sure.
Listed in the bucket list of avid travelers and also sometimes in Kerala Holiday Tour Packages, Vagamon is primarily known for paragliding. The place borders two of the most famous tourist destinations Idukki and Kottayam. Other than adventure, Vagamon bewitches with its lush green hillocks spread miles and miles. Oftentimes it is compared to Munnar, and is referred to a quieter sibling of Munnar. Even if you are not into adventure sports, a walk through the tea plantations of Vagamon is something that will refresh your senses from within and you will ever cherish moments spent here.
Neeleshwar is a little hamlet in Kerala’s Northern region, kissed by Arabian sea and 2 river streams. It treats the visitors with its wellness resorts. These resorts offer more than stay and focus on individual’s inner happiness. Yoga, Ayurveda and peace are some factors that combine to offer an experiential stay. Neeleshwar is located at a close distance with Bekal Fort, one of Kerala’s most popular tourist attractions.
6. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary:
If you’ve been to Kerala, you’d know how blessed this state is with a rich birdlife. Though there are many bird sanctuaries in the state, this one is a place not everyone has heard of. The sanctuary is home to 250 species of birds, along with leopards and sloth bear. When here, expect to spot some rarest species of birds, as well as migratory ones, especially if you are visiting between the months of October and March.
Located in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, Gavi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations to visit in Kerala! The region is blessed with a rich biodiversity, which means you will be able to spot tigers, deers, Nilgiri Martens and Indian Gaurs – to name a few creatures that call this places home. Gavi is also a part of the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve, and is best explored via a jeep ride.
8. Ilaveezha Poonchira:
If you are looking for a destination in Kerala, which most of travelers haven’t even heard of, then Ilaveezha Poonchira has to be your pick! Translating its name to English, it means ‘a flowery lake where no leaves fall’. The scenic charm of this hidden paradise is something that cannot be defined in words. Ilaveezha Poonchira also is associated with a Hindu legend related to Draupadi. So, to sum it up we can say the Ilaveezha Poonchira is about nature and culture.