Top Exciting Holiday Destinations of South Kerala

Kerala, also known as God’s own Country, is a popular destination mong tourist all year round. Kerala has many beautiful hill stations, beaches, backwaters, forests, plantations, waterfalls and lush greenery all around which makes it nothing short of a paradise. Kerala is a heaven for nature lovers.

South Kerala too is a very important tourist destination with a very scenic and varied landscape. In his article let’s check out the top districts and destinations for a holiday in South Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is the southernmost district of Kerala as well as the capital of Kerala. Thriuvananthapuram as well as most of today’s South Kerala used to be a part of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore. Hence, here there are many attractions here related to its glorious past. Recently there was news of treasure find worth over 22 billion US Dollars in a South Indian temple. That temple is the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum.

The backwater belts of Akkulam, Veli and Thiruvallamare quite popular among the tourists. Varkala beach and Kovalam beach are some of the most gorgeous beaches of Kerala located in the Thiruvananthapuram district.

South Indian Destinations

Kollam

Ecotourism in Kerala

Kollam is a good place to visit if you want to explore Kerala backwaters. Ashtamudi, Alumkadavu, Paravoor, Sasthamkotta and Munroe Islands are some places to visit for the backwater experience.

Thangassery, Thenmala, Thevally Palace, Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, Neendakara Port, Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, M G Beach, Puthenkulam Elephant Village etc. are some of the main tourist attractions here.

Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is a district mainly popular as a pilgrimage destination. There are many temples and shrines located here which attract people from all over. The famous Sabrimala Temple in located in Pathanamthitta district. This temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa attracts over 100 million pilgrims annually, making it the largest pilgrimage destination in India.

It is interesting to note that about half the area of Pathanamthitta district is covered by forests and that too untouched forests.

Gavi is another eco-tourism destination located in Pathanamthitta district of South Kerala. The other attractions here are Aranmula, Kaviyoor Rock Cut Temple, Konni Elephant Training Centre and Perunthenaruvi waterfalls.

Kerala Eco Tourism

Kottayam

South India destinations

Kottayam is known as the letter capital of India. It is home to many prominent publishing houses. Kottayam was also the first district in the whole of India to achieve a 100 per cent literacy rate.

One can find a lot of rubber plantations in Kottayam. Kottayam is also famous for backwater tourism. The stunning Vembanad Lake is popular for houseboat rides.

Apart from these the other attractions in Kottayam are Vagamon, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Backwaters, Marmala waterfalls, Poonjar palace, Aruvichal, Elaveezhapoonchira, IthipuzhaandAruvikkuzhi.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha located in South Kerala is a well-known as a backwater destination. Tourists from world over come to Alappuzha to enjoy its backwaters.

Alappuzha also has beaches and fishing harbours. The Alappuzha beach and Marari beach are popular among the locals and the tourists.

Pathiramanal Island, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple, Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple, Karumadikuttan, Krishnapuram Palace, Champakulam Church, Chavara Bhavan, Sree Nagaraja temple at Mannarsala and the churches at Edathua and Arthunkal are some other tourist attractions in Alappuzha.