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  • Kerala Tourism in May

    The diverse topography of Kerala makes the state a tourist destination for all seasons. Though the month of May is part of Kerala's summer season the hill stations of the state would be great for a summer vacation. Kerala is not just famous for the great Kerala backwaters; it is also famous for its alluring hill stations. Thanks to the towering Western Ghats that act as a shield at the borders and prevent the dry northern wind from entering, Kerala has got many beautiful hill stations. Here is a list we have assembled to help you find your perfect Kerala honeymoon packages. Kerala has got many hill stations and a visit to one of these places could provide you reprieve from the scorching summer heat. Even though the Kerala summer may feel pale compared to other parts of the country, the humidity will be high and don't forget to pack light and cotton outfits that will help your skin to breath and also don't forget the sunscreen. The climate at the hill-stations will be much better compared to the plains. So, head to one of the many famous hill stations of Kerala this summer.Below are the list of Kerala tourist places Ponmudi tourist places This beautiful landscape and the enchanting hills with narrow winding roads that offer scenic ways is located about 55.2 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. The climate is very pleasant even for the summer days and there are many sightseeing spots such as alluring valleys, mist-laden hills, rivers, mountain streams and rivulets which are surrounded by lush tropical forest. It is a great place for trekking and hiking. The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo point, Golden Valley a picturesque location, deer park, exotic butterflies, Meenmutty Falls (not to be confused with the falls of the same name in Wayanad), and Kallar River offer the visitors a spellbinding experience. Wayanad tourist places In the northern part of Kerala lies the beautiful Wayanad a land blessed abundantly with greenery and scenic locations. This enchanting hill station has got luscious forest cover, paddy fields, exquisite vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, deep valleys, rugged mountains, gurgling streams and much more. It is an enchanting place not only blessed with natural beauty but also with a rich heritage. The Neolithic age Edakkal Caves are great examples of pre-historic human settlement in Kerala. As the place is also one of the highest rainfalls receiving centres in India the climate is very cool throughout the year. The climate also makes Wayanad a great summer destination. The summer season is also a great time to go for the wildlife safaris as these months have the highest rate for animal sightings as they usually come out in search of water and food. The most visited places in Wayanad include Chembra Peak and its heart-shaped lake, Lakkidi, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island, Pakshipathalam, Pookot Lake, Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meenmutty waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and Banasura Sagar Dam. Thekkady tourist places The Periyar Tiger Reserve that is covered in lush evergreen forests and house to many exotic wildlife including tiger, elephants and Spread across an area of 300 square miles, Periyar National Park is covered by lush evergreen and deciduous forests serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, gaur, sambar deer, Nilgiri Langurs, wild pigs, jungle cat, sloth bear, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque Indian giant squirrel, etc.. Vagamon tourist places This little hill station situated on the border of Kottayam, Idukki districts is also a great place to have a summer vacation. It has a cool climate and many picturesque locations that include scenic valleys, green meadows, pine forests, tea estates and waterfalls. Munnar tourist places This little town can undoubtedly be called the most popular hill stations in Kerala. It lies about 130 km away from Kochi and is at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. Munnar has got a cool climate and has got sprawling tea plantations and picturesque valleys. Places of interest include Mattupetti Dam, Rajamala, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station, various waterfalls and Anamudi peak. Season of festivals The world famous Thrissur Pooram is on May 5. The main attraction is the parade of caparisoned tuskers heading the procession at the festival. The traditional ceremonies such as 'Madathil Varavu, Ilanjithara Melam, Kudamattom' and the fireworks attract many domestic as well as international tourists to this beautiful town every year.

    Posted by Cijo Abraham
  • Why plan Kerala tour with Kerala tour operator

    Why plan Kerala tour with Kerala tour operator You might have questions like "How to plan Kerala tour with Kerala tour operator ?". Undoubtedly, Kerala is one place that every backpacker wants to hit. However, planning the magical trip to Kerala can be an unnerving for the first-time visitors as there are so many places in the state that may not be expected to be covered in a conventional Kerala tour. That’s where a travel planner from leading Kerala tour operators come handy in making your adventure last longer, with a sweet touch of satisfaction. If you are planning a Kerala tour very soon, here are 5 reasons you should always consult a tour operator, and probably let him do it for you.1. We are Kerala based Kerala tour operator Yes, would not you like to plan with a person that knows the place inside out? Most Kerala tour operators are either based out of the state or are familiar with the places that you can’t miss. Depending on the package you choose whether honeymoon, anniversary, backpacking, seaside resort, cultural fest or wildlife living, there is always a better chance that visitors will get full value from their time and money, without investing time in planning the trip. 2. Season or off-season, you will always get the best If it is the peak, the best Kerala tour operators will offer the best package that will suit your budget and requirements. Alleppey, Thekady and Kumrakom can be very crowded in the peak season. Finding an accommodation during the months from October to March on your own can be very tough, especially if you are on a honeymoon trip. Finding the best houseboat package may not be feasible during peak season. The established tour operator in Kerala with their own fleet of houseboats, are never out of business. You stand a great chance of streaming the lakes, even in off seasons. 3. Well-planned itinerary You can select from a pre-defined tour plan or build a totally customized one as you talk to the tour operator executive. Best tour operators recommend the full-day backwater trip, touring the backwater villages of Alleppey and Kumarakom . Beach trips to Kochi, Kovalam, Trivandrum and Varkala provide a great chance to watch sunset and relish sea food in unmatched luxury. If you wish to trek higher, tour operators have exclusive hill-station packages for Wayanad, Munnar, Gavi and Ponmudi. 4. Upgrade your service without paying extra If you booked your trip in off-season with the Kerala Tour Operators for Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey you can relish an unmatched experience. Though, special packages are mostly offered during special seasons, you can always expect customised packages, especially if you have booked in groups. If you are tripping with your friends in a large group, enjoy special discounts, number of complimentary services and even pick and drop facilities. Bottom line is, you need not pay extra to enjoy the upgrade on your package during off-season, booked in advance with leading tour operators in Kerala. 5. Well-equipped medical facilities assured Kerala is known for its hospitality. Rest assured, in case you find yourself in a tricky health situation, the tour operator will connect you to the nearest hospital, clinic or doctor. Thus, it makes total sense to plan with a Kerala Tour operator, considering the kind of benefits and impressive services they offer, relentlessly and with consistency.

    Posted by Cijo Abraham Mani
  • Plan your summer vacation with family in Kerala

    Summer vacation is the best time to indulge in some family time and loosen up before getting back to monotonous routines. Kerala’s geographical diversity makes it one of the most popular summer destinations. With ample options to choose from, everybody can find something of their interest in this state; however, it is important to plan your vacation efficiently so that you can get the most from this beautiful state. A few pointers that might come in handy while you are planning your summer vacation in Kerala are listed below.  Weather of Kerala in Summer Season Kerala is a tropical land and enjoys a fairly pleasant climate throughout the year. Summer season in Kerala is cool and pleasant because of the presence of the Western Ghats. The state also experiences irregular bouts of rainfall that brings the temperature down every now and then. The temperature does not exceed 36 degree Celsius and the moderate weather conditions offer a great opportunity to explore the beaches and the major destinations without any hassle. Festivals You Should Not Miss Out on During Your Summer Vacation in Kerala Kerala is renowned for its colorful festivals all over the country. Summer season is particularly known for its elephant festivals that are celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm. One such festival you should not miss out on is Thrissur Pooram. This festival is celebrated between April-May (Malayalam month of Medam) and displays an entire procession of elephants and drummers for 36 hours. This temple festival is slightly different from other festivals in the sense that it is celebrated by all residents irrespective of their caste, color, religion or community. The sight of people from all castes and class coming together to celebrate a festival in full swing is unparalleled. Some other festivals around this time of the year are Kuthiyottam, Kettukazhcha, Chittor Konganpada and Guruvayoor Festival. Important Cities to Cover in Kerala during Summers • Thekkady This place is one of the most important destinations in Kerala tour packages owing to the thick cover of forests that lend it its additional beauty. Thekkady is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary that offers some spectacular views; you might catch a glimpse of elephants grazing or drinking water and some lucky people get to see the majestic tiger too. Bamboo rafting and cardamom plantations should definitely be on your list while you are in Thekkady. • Alleppey Alleppey’s calm backwaters and quaint houseboats effortlessly overshadow every other attraction here. This is also because cruising in a houseboat or planning a stay in these floating beauties is a very wholesome experience. From admiring the extraordinary views to savoring Kerala’s cuisine presented by experts on board, the calm and peace experienced on these houseboats is inexplicable. You can also enjoy kayaking and bird-watching here. • Trivandrum This quaint yet urban city is the capital of Kerala. Trivandrum will rejuvenate your senses with the number of activities it has in store for you. Neyyar Dam offers you a glimpse of the local culture and you can also enjoy boating and fishing with the local fishermen here. Apart from the natural beauty and adventure activities, the place also has several galleries featuring the works of renowned artists. • Kovalam Kovalam’s pristine beaches and picturesque landscape will set the perfect vibe for your vacation. One of the most popular beaches here is the Lighthouse Beach that gives a bird’s eye view of the entire coastline. You can also indulge in water sports like water surfing and rapid motorboat rides. Kovalam also has some renowned Ayurvedic centers like Pathya Ayurvedic Center and Niramaaya Retreat. In short, Kovalam presents the ideal ambience and environment to enjoy a peaceful vacation away from the humdrum of city life. • Ponmudi Ponmudi is a breath-taking hill station that should definitely find space on your Kerala itinerary for the summer season. Located about 53 kilometers from Trivandrum, this place will enrapture your heart with its lofty mountains, lush greenery, magnificent waterfalls and ravines. You can either soak in the beauty of nature or take a tour of the tea gardens or experience some adrenaline rush with the adventure activities conducted here. You can enjoy trekking and hiking at Agasthyakoodam (highest peak of Trivandrum) and admire the splendid flora and fauna present here. Important Destinations to Visit in Kerala during Summer Season • Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary Periyar National Park is an important part of all Kerala itineraries as it allows you to get up close with the wildlife while you are enjoying stunning views of their habitat. A boat cruise takes you through the emerald waters of Periyar Lake; you might catch a glimpse of beautiful words swooping down on water or elephants and buffaloes drinking water at leisure. You can also go for the Jeep Jungle Safari or elephant safari to explore this beautiful sanctuary. • Thenmala Ecotourism Village Your holidays in Kerala are incomplete without a visit to the Thenmala Ecotourism Village. This place is India’s first planned Ecotourism destination that comprises 10 eco spots which cover the hill ranges of Trivandrum, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts. This place is packed with activities like boat rides and even adventure sports like rock climbing and mountain biking. However, if you are just looking to go for a leisurely walk, The Nakshatravanam Nursery and Deer Rehabilitation Centre are the perfect spots. • Bekal Fort This fort might take you back to the movie Rang De Basanti as a couple of film sequences were shot here. Bekal Fort is one of the biggest forts in Kerala and has been maintained very well even today. The Bekal Fort Beach and Anjaneya Temple are also two destinations that you should not miss out here. • Poovar Island Poovar is one of the most offbeat places to visit in Kerala. It is an estuary where the beach, island, river and sea meet. Booking a stay in the floating cottage is one of the best things to do here. You can also go boating through the dense mangrove forests or just by the calm waters and relax. • Malampuzha Located in the Palakkad district, Malampuzha Garden and Dam are often visited by tourists for their beautiful scenery. This place also has a rock garden that is made out of broken pieces of tiles, bangles and other trinkets. The cable car ride through the garden gives you a fascinating view of this vast space. Important Tips For Your Kerala Summer Trip • It is important to know what kind of vacation you are looking for so that you can select the most appropriate Kerala tour package.• If you have a short trip planned, make sure to experience some of the unique attractions like houseboat stay and boating through mangrove forests.• Assign a specific budget for your trip. Any kind of vacation can be planned more efficiently if you are clear about this.• Customize your Kerala itinerary so that you have destinations that suit the interest and liking of your family.• Select the right vehicle to move around the city conveniently.• The summer season allows you to pack light and easy. However, if you have planned a visit to any of the hill stations, it is safe to carry a few woolens just in case you encounter cold weather conditions anywhere. Considering that Kerala has several major destinations and attractions, it gets difficult to structure an itinerary in the best possible way. If you are looking for some help and assistance in planning your trip to Kerala during the summer season, Kerala Holidays will be delighted to understand your concerns and design a tour package that suits your family the best. Customized tour packages are the best way to get the most out of your holiday time.

    Posted by Namita Salgiya
  • Why is Kerala tourism famous during all seasons?

    Why is Kerala tourism famous during all seasons ?Kerala the land of natural beauty and rich culture offers a lot of magnificent views to its visitors. The state's diverse topography coupled with its unique culture and heritage make it worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Kerala tourism is so famous because unlike other tourist destinations that are seasonal the state has got something or the other to offer to each and every traveller. The place has got enchanting backwaters for all seasons, beautiful beaches for the winter, spectacular waterfalls for the monsoon, and alluring hill stations for the summer. The peak tourist season in Kerala is from October to February. During this period the climate is pleasant and cool and these months are perfect for sightseeing. Though these months are blessed with sunny days, the humidity will be low and the occasional drizzles would keep the temperature cool but never chilly.During these months you could visit the backwaters of Alappuzha. You could enjoy this enchanting water world in a hired houseboat or in a country canoe. As the boat takes you through the tranquil waters the cool breeze will sooth you taking away all the worries of your hectic life. You should also visit the incredibly beautiful paradise called Kumarakom that is located about 32 km from Alappuzha and about 15 km from Kottayam district during this period. This little cluster of islands is very picturesque. The thick mangrove forests, coconut groves, the vast greenery and paddy fields along with the backwaters make the place an enchanting destination. The Kollam district in the southern Kerala is also a good place to enjoy the famed backwaters of Kerala. Another place to visit during this season is the commercial capital of Kerala - Kochi. This beautiful place with one of the best natural harbours in the world offers a lot to its visitors. Tourist places in and around Kochi include Bhoothanthankettu Dam, boating through the backwaters, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Paniely Poru, Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace (constructed in 1557), Jewish synagogue in Mattancherry ( built in 1568), Hill Palace Museum (built in 1865), Willingdon Island (the largest artificial man-made island in India), ecologically sensitive Magalavanam and many more. This season is also good for a dip in the ocean and the numerous beaches of Kerala would help you quench this temptation. As Kerala is bordered on the west by the Arabian Sea the state is blessed with many stunning beaches and the most famous of them all are Alappuzha, Marari, Cherai, Varkala, Kovalam, Kollam, Muzhappilangad, Snehatheeram and Payyambalam beach. The climate will be perfect for a sun bath as the tropical sun would give your skin a beautiful glow. The period between March to May is the summer season in Kerala. The temperature will be high with humid weather conditions. But even then the climate won't go over 40-degree celsius. The occasional downpours will provide some respite from the scorching heat. This is the best period to enjoy the hill stations of Kerala. The cool climate and mountain breeze of these hill stations will provide a great relief during the summer. Munnar, Vagamon, Wayanad, Neliyampathy, Thekkady, Ponmudi and Gavi are the most popular hill stations in Kerala. From June to September is the monsoon season in Kerala. Unlike many other places in the country, the Kerala monsoon hardly causes any havocs and it is also a time when the landscape that is blessed with scenic beauty and greenery comes alive. The monsoon season in Kerala has a romantic touch to it, the numerous rivers will be full and they will bring full glory to the various roaring waterfalls of the state.Athirappalli waterfalls about 57 km from Ernakulam and about 54 km from Thrissur is the most spectacular of all. The waterfalls that cascade down at a height of 80 ft provide a majestic view and is best visited during the monsoon season. About 5 km from Athirappalli is another visual treat Vazhachal falls. Both these waterfalls are surrounded by lush green forests that add to their charm. Monsoon is also a great period to have an adventure white rafting trip through the rapids of Tejaswini River in Kannur district. It is also a period to have some Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments and where else other than Kerala could you find the best therapies. The state has various authorised Ayurvedic spas and hospitals that provide the treatments.

    Posted by Cijo Abraham Mani