Holiday Guide to Central Kerala and the Top Destinations to Visit here

Central Kerala attracts a lot of tourists in comparison to Northern Kerala. Central Kerala has a lot of history surrounding it as it used to be a prat of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kochi. Three major districts form a part of central Kerala- Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad. The two most important cities here are Kochi which is known as the commercial capital of Kerala and Thrissur which is known as the cultural capital of Kerala.

In this article, let’s check out the top districts and destinations to visit in Central Kerala or tourists.


Fort Kochi

Ernakulam encircles the port of Kochi and it is a convenient place to visit for all travellers to the backwaters and hill stations. The Kochi international airport is an important airport which connects Kerala with the rest of the world.

Ernakulam offers a varied variety of sightseeing experiences.The Cherai beach, the backwaters, Marine Drive, Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre, Chinese fishing nets,the Jewish Synagogue, Willingdon Island, Iringole Forest Temple, Chendamangalam, Malayattoor,Santa Cruz Basilica, Chottanikkara Temple, Kallil Temple, Thrikkakkara Temple, Kanjiramattom Mosque etc. are some of the major tourist attractions in Ernakulam District.


Idukki is a must visit district in Central Kerala especially for those who love to see nature in its pristine glory. Munnar, one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala is located in the Idukki district.

Munnar, Idukki Wildlife SanctuaryPeriyar Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wild life Sanctuary, Thekkady, Eravikulam National Park,Mattuppetty, Anamudi, Peerumedu, Eco Point, Devikulam, Marayoor,the Arch dam, Top Station and Kanthalloor are some major tourist attractions in Idukki district. The list of lakes and waterfalls found here are endless.

Plantations, spice gardens, waterfalls and lush greenery are found all throughout Idukki district.


Thrissur, a district in Central Kerala, is famously known as the cultural capital of Kerala. It is the land of splendid temples, art and dance. The temple of Vadakkunnatha, Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi are the most prominent temples here. Thrissur also has the temple town of Guruvayoor. The Shri Krishna temple here attracts devotees from world over.

The Art and Archaeological Museums, Thrissur zoo, Vilangankunnu and Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Guruvayoor Anakotta Elephant Sanctuary, Aithrapally Waterfalls, Kerala Kalamandalam and Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary are some places of major tourist attractions in Thrissur district.


Palakkad district is not as commercialised as many other districts of Kerala and would be loved by those who have a heart for nature, culture and village life.

The Silent Valley National Park is a repository of biodiversity spread across an area of 237. 52 sq. km and is located in the Palakkad district of Central Kerala.

Malampuzha dam is a popular picnic spot here. The other popular tourist attractions here are Nelliyampathy hill station, Parambikulam National Park, Attappadi, Cholanoor Peacock Sanctuary, Meenvallam waterfall etc.


Ayurveda is a popular medicinal system of Kerala and a lot of tourists come to Kerala just for the Ayurveda treatments. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala located in the Malappuram district of central Kerala is known to be the best place in Kerala for Ayurvedic treatments.The town of Nilambur in Malappuram is famous for teak tourism. Connoly’s plot near Nilambur is the largest teak plantation in the world. There is also a Teak Museum in Nilambur which is he first of its kind in the world.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Padinharekara beach, Vallikkunnu beach, Kottakkunnu and Biyyam backwaters are some popular attractions here.