Kerala offers a whole host of places to visit which are very popular among travellers. From Munnar to Kovalam, Wayanad to Kumarakom – these destinations feature with unwavering regularity in itineraries of tourists visiting Kerala. But did you know that there are also many offbeat places to visit in Kerala which are equally mesmerising? Why not check out a few Kerala Packages with Prices and customise them to include places undiscovered or lesser-known? Here is a short overview of some offbeat destinations in Kerala.
These offbeat destinations will take you from virgin beaches to quiet mountains, silent valleys to wildlife sanctuaries – there is a lot to cover.
1. Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad
About a hundred kilometres away from Coimbatore is Palakkad – home to the Silent Valley National Park. It is a part of the Western Ghats – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and supports a wide range of exquisite flora and fauna. Kerala’s best-kept secret, this national park is towards the north of the state. If you are lucky, you may spot the unique cobra plant here – found only in the Nilgiris. And you guessed it right – it quite resembles the reptile! The lion-tailed macaque also lives here. Tour Palakkad during the winter months of December and January. You will find pleasant, clear days and at night – the temperature will linger around 22 degrees Celsius. Given that Palakkad is only 163 kilometres away from Ooty, you can even consider visiting this hill-station in Tamil Nadu from Palakkad. Ooty Tour Packages are available to help you design your days there. Ooty is a romantic destination no doubt. You can even consider visiting it for your honeymoon. Avail of an Ooty Tour Package for Couples and your travel plans are sorted.
2. Ashtamudi Lake at Kollam
Explore the backwaters of Kerala away from the crowded haunts of Alleppey and Kumarakom. For this, you need to head out to the Ashtamudi Lake at Kollam, some 70 kilometres away from Trivandrum. This is the real ‘gateway’ to the backwaters to Kerala and far less commercialised. The lake has eight arms or channels – the reason why it is named ‘Ashtamudi’. Cruise on a houseboat and pick the months of January and February to do so. This is when the temperature during the day hovers around 25 degrees Celsius and the humidity is somewhat neutralised.
3. Muzhappilangad Beach
Muzhappilangad Beach is four kilometres long and strewn with black rocks. A great swimming beach, it has a calm sea. It is only 15 kilometres away from Kannur – the nearest railway station. There is a beach festival held every April. Turn up then and you will witness adrenaline-junkies wheeling on bikes and performing car stunts. The winters remain the best time to holiday on beaches anywhere in Kerala. The days are dry and the temperature – moderate.
Travel to Nileshwar that is 90 kilometres off Mangalore. Upon arrival, check out the many Ayurvedic spas which dot the coastline of this offbeat destination. Partake of a yoga lesson on the beach or simply unwind as you watch the setting sun over the Arabian Sea. Choose winter to visit this beach in Kerala.
If you are a foodie, this is the place to visit. Thalassery Biryani is very famous. Book a Kerala Tour Package for Family and reach Thalassery from Calicut (just 70 kilometres away) to delve into the local cuisine. Fried mussels are also very popular here – among locals and visitors. Did you know that the first plum cake ever to be baked in India was at Thalassery? Food is never far away in Thalassery. The best time to visit is in December and January when the temperature ranges between 32 degrees and 23 degrees Celsius.
Add these offbeat destinations in Kerala to your bucket list. Veer off the beaten path for an experience to remember.