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10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala


Sometimes, life gets monotonous and all you crave for is a vacation with your special someone. But where to go is always a big question. When it comes to the very best destinations, bigger does not always mean better. While travellers typically gravitate towards larger cities, some of the region’s most rewarding and best-kept secrets are alternatively set well off-the-beaten-path. So we’ve scoured for Kerala that offers great value as soon as you land. Immensely popular with travel enthusiasts, Kerala needs no introduction. It is country’s only state where fun, romance and adventure come together. In spite of its relatively smaller size, God’s own country has been a prime destination for travelers who go to the tiny coastal state in search of its spectacular backwaters, greenery, and lip-smacking food. The state offers legacy to travellers all-round the year. From trekking the gorgeous ghats with stunning mountain vistas to the tea plantation in Munnar, it’s well worth the extra effort to get to any of our 10 picks for the best undiscovered Kerala destinations!

1. Marari Beach

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-1 Spice up the romance in your relationship with a weekend at the Marari Beach where you can blissfully spend days lazing in the surf, sand and sun. Situated in Alappuzha, which is famous for its backwaters, this beach is an all-together enlightening experience. The color of the water and rock cliffs that surround you from all sides create an idyllic natural picture and you will find yourself like somewhere in a superb romantic movie!

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2. Ranipuram

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-2 Ranipuram is slowly opening itself up to Indians and is finally getting the attention it deserves. Located in Kasargod district of Kerala, Ranipuram is one of the underrated trekking destinations in Kerala. It is photographed every year by travellers from all around the world. The greenery of the hill here will change your mood.

3. Dolmens of Marayoor Munnar

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-3 Located 42 km from the Munnar hill station, Muniyara is a group of megalithic tombs situated in western ghat Marayoor, Munnar. This is a historical place. You will get to know how our old civilization used to live there and the surrounding picturesque is simply outstanding. Once you are there you won't like to get out such serenity prevails.

4. Koyikkal Palace

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-4 Koyikkal Palace is a destination for architecture lovers as well as those who are interested in archeology and numismatics. It is an ancient palace built in traditional Kerala style circa in 1684. It is situated at 18km from the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum is the state capital of Kerala) in a place called Nedumangad. The architecture style is known as Nālukettu, where there are four blocks of the house in all the four directions and joining at a central and open courtyard known as “Nadumuttom”. Koyikkal Palace is a grand double storied Nalukettu which houses two exquisite museums.

5. Silent Valley National Park

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-5 It is a tropical evergreen forest range in India situated in Nilgiri Hills at Palakkad – the part of Western Ghats Region. Spreading in an area of 238 square km, it is famous for the rich mosaic of diverse habitats and a home to rare species of birds.

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6. Ponmudi – the Golden Peak

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-6 Called as the Golden Peak, Ponmudi is one of the main hill stations in Trivandrum district at an altitude of 1100 meter above sea level – the part of Western Ghats Ranges. What draws the attention of tourists here are narrow roads with some 22 hairpin curves. Green Valley is also wonderful to keep you enticed and giving this place a position on the list of Kerala Honeymoon Destination.

7. Anayirankal Dam Reservoir

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-7 Anayirakal(Anayirangal) dam is located at 28km from Munnar on the way to Thekkady. Anayirankal dam is spread across the tea plantation and evergreen forests. There are many small islands in the water; some of them only emerge during the summer season. There is a fairly good road reaching till the dam site. One can reach near the banks of the dam through small trails in the tea plantation. This is particularly picturesque with the clear water, green islands and the Western Ghats standing as a fort around this artificial lake.

8. Anamudi – the Highest Peak in the Western Ghats

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-8 Located at an altitude of 8842 ft above sea level, Anamudi is the highest peak in the South India – a part of Eravikulam National Park about 13 km from Munnar. It is counted as the close resemblance to Elephant Head. It is also a home to various rich flora and fauna. You will also see Bengal Tigers, Nilgiri Tahr and Nilgiri Marten here.

9. Wayanad

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-9 It is a dense green mountainous region that stretches along the Western Ghats. It has a great scenic appeal to attract thousands of tourists. Abundant coconut palms, dense forest, paddy fields and lofty peaks form the landscape. Due to the nature of its terrain, the region has much to offer to the adventure lovers. Here you can enjoy climbing to Edakkal Caves, trekking to Chembara Peak and Meenmutty Falls and you also can explore the ancient Jain temples. The popular wildlife sanctuaries here that you can visit are the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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10. Banasura Sagar Dam

10 Offbeat Places That You Must Visit In Kerala-10 Nestled Between the Hill Ranges of Banasura, the beautiful dam nestled between the hill ranges of Banasura is built across the tributary of Kabini River in Wayanad – the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia.

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