Offbeat Places to Visit in Kerala that you just cant ignore- Ngtraveller
With the title of "Country of God", Kerala receives visitors in large numbers throughout the year. The lure of backwaters, beaches, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, Ayurveda, and adventure, coupled with unparalleled experiences, attract tourists from all over the world. But that's not all, Kerala has to offer. There are also many unconventional places to visit in Kerala that are largely kept under wraps. Explore the unexplored territory away from the crowds. Experience the bliss of the raw beauty of nature along with the adventures. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom
Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is one of the amazing places in Kerala, but it is no less beautiful. The relatively unexplored, green, algae-rich waters of Vembanad are the longest lake in India. The largest source of surface water, it is also part of an extensive wetland system. The salt water barrier prevents seawater intrusion and divides the lake into fresh water and brackish water.
Kumarakom Tourist Village offers excursions and vacation packages on Vembanad Lake. Tour the interior on traditional boats equipped with all modern luxuries. During the Onam Festival, take part in high-energy snake boat races. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is ideal for nature lovers.
Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad
Silent Valley National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best and amazing places to visit in Kerala. Kerala's best kept secret, nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, is a haven for wildlife.
Home to the endangered species of black-tailed macaques, there are 138 species of birds, 730 species of insects, and 34 species of mammals here. About 1000 species of flowering plants, 108 species of orchids, 100 ferns, 75 lichens, 200 liverworts, about 200 species of mosses, which are characteristic only of the Western Ghats, grow here. Here you will also find a unique cobra plant that resembles a snake. The dense vegetation and rich wildlife along with the lack of crowds make Silent Valley National Park truly unique.
Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam
The Ashtamudi Backwaters areas of Kollam are one of Kerala's undisclosed secrets. It is the second largest and deepest wetland ecosystem. The name "Ashtamudi" is taken from the topography of the lake which has 8 arms or channels. The network of labyrinths consists of innumerable shallow lakes, canals, rivers and bays.
The interior of Ashtamudi is inhabited by countless types of life. More than 50 species of birds have been identified, 40 species of birds that depend on wetlands and 26 species of butterflies that inhabit the ecosystem. The Outback is popular for pontoon cruises. The Kollam Local Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) offers boats for rent. There are many inland resorts that offer a unique opportunity to stay in floating bungalows.
Marine Drive, Kochi
Marine Drive in Kochi is a beautiful park. Beautiful secret of Kochi, it is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. The scenic stretch stretches out with a splendid view of Kochi Harbor and the hinterland.
The driveway is pedestrian only, so no vehicles are allowed. It is the perfect place to spend the afternoons watching the sunset and enjoying the gentle breeze. The street begins at the High Court junction and continues to Rajendra Maidan. Stop at the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. Also, along the road, there are shopping centers, cinemas, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. The Rainbow Bridge and the International Tourism Boat Dock Complex are other attractions here.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kochi
Thattikad Bird Sanctuary in Kochi is one of the unconventional places in Kerala that one must visit. Tatecade associated with pioneering ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali is a natural sanctuary. It extends over an area of 25 square kilometers of lush forests, wetlands and rivers. The sanctuary is inhabited by hundreds of species of birds and many species of butterflies. The list is constantly growing as new birds are added each year. Go exploring with a guide for better bird watching.
Thatcad is not a tourist magnet, only bird enthusiasts seem to appreciate its charm. Spend a few days relaxing in the scenic beauty.