Kerala gets featured in the New York Times list of 52 destinations for 2023

Kerala gets featured in the New York Times list of 52 destinations for 2023

Have a dream travel in mind this 2023? If you love exploring the hidden nature-laden landscapes in India, here is one more delightful piece of news for you. We're so very excited to see India secure a place in New York – as it has been voted as one of the most beautiful destinations in 2023. Of yes, in a list of 52 travel destinations, Kerala has been voted as a destination worth watching, exploring, and staying. Being travel experts in any corner of India, we could not hold our excitement to see such a recognition fall in place. You can easily talk with our travel experts and we will arrange custom-made Kerala tour packages so that you can see the best places in the most entertaining and cost-effective manner, Most of all, if you are a nature lover, we will showcase some of the best eco-tourist places in Kerala that ought to be a part of your Instagram feeds this 2023.

Mystical Munnar

Munnar is known to be a land where vast areas of tea plantations, coffee plantations, and spice plantations are cultivated, A brisk walk through these breezy estates will keep you in awe of how a simple lifestyle like this brings on so much peace to people.

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Once you reach Kerala from any part of the world, you can take a cab or train, or bus from Kochi or Trivandrum airport, and go to Munnar. The highway roads that lead to the land of hill stations are pleasant and the rides will be smooth with plenty of stops for refreshments.

How do you reach Munnar?

From the International airport in Cochin, the road drive will be about a 143-kilometer drive and you will pass through a portion of the Idukki district once you reach the place.

What is the best time to visit Munnar?

If the cold weather is your favorite, then the months from September to March will be the best to visit. The place is known to have sub-zero temperatures making it resemble the ambiance and climate of a mini Switzerland.

Places to visit in Munnar
Munnar is the land of hill stations, and you can see the tea estates, the Anaimudi hills, the Ervaikulam National Park, the famous Mattupetty Dam, snow-topped hills, and the spice gardens. Have a fresh cup of brewed tea and buy fresh spices straight from the farms.

Awesome Alappuzha

For the locals, the place is known as Alleppey and for the world, it has been officially named Alappuzha. The place is known for its seemingly graceful and lazy-laden backwaters that every tourist ought to embrace once during their holidays.

Find Alappuzha on your map

It is situated in the southwest area of the coastal lands of Kerala and falls between Central Travamcor and the route to Cochin. The nearby places are Kalarcode, Pathiraplly, and so many other agricultural venues where most of Kerala's wide-stretch rice fields are found.

How do you reach Alappuzha?

If you come from Thiruvananthapuram International airport, it will be a 150 km road drive to the backwaters. If you are coming from Cochin airport, the distance is just halfway through and you can reach within 75 km of the distance. You have buses and cars as travel options to reach the place.

What is the best time to visit Alappuzha?

This is one of the few places where very moderate climates hover around the place for the whole year. So, it is a great option to visit at any time of the year. However, the best times come from October right up to August. Of course, even if the monsoon comes, the houseboat rides are a unique experience.

Places to visit in Alappuzha

If you are in Alappuzha or even passing by this route, you have to visit the traditional British-styled Alleppey Lighthouse, the famous golden sandy beaches of Alleppey, and the famous temples. One of the famous ones is Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Ambalpuzha, and don’t miss their fishing stations at the beach. This is a huge fishing ground, and you can enjoy fresh fish preparation in all the restaurants that you visit in the area.

Dreamy Cruise Dates at Munroe Island

Go dreamy, go romantic, and live your honeymoon at its best at Munroe Island. If you are a lover of offbeat travel locations in Kerala, this is one for your travel plans. This idyllic island is everything peace can mean for you.

Find Munroe Island on your map

You would like to Google and see this beautiful cluster of 8 mini islands and that is what keeps our tourists heading for this divine place in Kerala. It is in Kollam and one of the hidden beauty zones that travelers often do not visit., It is natural and kept untouched by the effects of city living.

How do you reach Munroe Island?

The Funday Holidays Kerala tour packages will take care of your logistics and accommodation too, so this part will not be a concern for you. In case you plan to travel on your own, It is about 27 km from Kollam city, Once you reach the harbor, take the Government owned waterways, the DTDC, and enter the cruise. This will take you to the island. The nearest airport is the Thrivanthapuram International airport. If you are using the Indian railways, get down to Munroturuttu and then take a cab to the location.

What is the best time to visit Munroe Island?

In reality, the place is great to visit for the whole year. If you want to book a Kerala tour package then make sure to book in the months of September right up to March. These months are great to visit the island. So, in the months of January to March, you can enjoy the sunlight, the winds, and the large span of natural scenery that surround the Islands,

Places to visit on Munroe Island

For adventure, enthusiasts head over to the Mangrove Arch and enjoy a canoe trip the lovely Ashtamudi Lake and the iconic S curve viewpoint in this area are a must-experience. Trace right back to colonial times when you see the famous Dutch church that was constructed in AD 1878. You can also see the home of Munroe which has now been converted into a museum to visualize the lifestyle of that era.

The Tranquil Kumarakom

Surrounded by water and laced with petite canals, fish folks and plenty of traditional extravagances are what will capture your hearts in Kumarakom. Get that perfect laid-back Kerala vacation tour this 2023, once you set foot in Kumarakom and enjoy the backwater rides and some great fish platters.

Find Kumarakom on your map

This lazy town is located in Kottayam, and you can reach the place easily by road, or bus. If you want a hired cab, our travel experts will book one for you. It is situated in the Central part of Kerala, and this is a nature-friendly location that has often been listed as one of the most scenic sights in Kerala.

How do you reach Kumarakom?

Drop down at the Cochin International Airport and you can reach Kumarakom by road within 2.5 hours (which is about 77 km). Or else, there are a lot of private buses that take you via this route. You can reach here from Trivandrum International airport too, which is about 171 km away. Those in Alleppey and Kottayam can easily reach the place within a short drive.

What is the best time to visit Kumarakom?

No second thoughts on this and you can enjoy the backwaters from October to February in total bliss. The best time is before the monsoon hits the state and so book your Kerala tour package for this month.

Places to visit in Kumarakom

There are not many places as such to visit but each location is scenic rich. Get to experience the houseboat rides in and around the Vembanad Lake, take a trip to the world-famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and don't miss the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. You can also spend some time at the Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls and also the Kumarakom Beach.

Culture Soaked Thrissur

Heavily laden with energy-driven activities, great travel spots, and wonderful homely Kerala food, Thrissur is an addictive place to spend time on this vacation.

Find Thrissur on your map
Right after Kochi city, Thrissur is the third largest city /or urban setting in Kerala. The district was the cultural capital of Kerala and during British times – it was the business hub for many foreign communities Greeks, Portuguese, Arabs, Dutch, and Persians. The place is positioned to the northwest of Trivandrum.

How do you reach Thrissur?
In Kerala, the district is easily accessible through the roadways from Cochin, Palakkad, and Malappuram. For other farther districts and those who come from Tamil Nadu or Bangalore, the railways are a great option. You can get down at Thrissur railways and then catch the cab for the trip within Thrissur town. The nearest International airport is the Cochin International airport.

What is the best time to visit Thrissur?

To visit the natural landscapes of Thrissur you can be here between the months of September to March at any time.

Places to visit in Thrissur

Some of the most visually appealing places are the Chavakkad Beach, Shakthan Thanpuran Palace, Chettuva Backwaters, Athirapally Waterfalls, Thrissur zoo, State Museum, the famous Kerala Kalamandalam. Vadakunnathan Temple and so much more.

Energetic Cochin
The most happening city in Kerala is undoubtedly Cochin. Whether your love to shop, enjoy carnivals, or explore the local fishing villages, Cochin is one city that never sleeps and promises to entertain you with the best. It has a charm that brings so many ethnic communities together under one small city. You can find the old and the new side of living in the most beautiful manner.

Find Cochin on your map

This is a port-based city in Kerala, where a majority of the spice trade and cloth business used to take place in the past. Today it is the central hub of business in Kerala, situated on the Malabar coast of India.

How do you reach Cochin?

You can get to the Cochin International Airport from any part of India or an international country. Cochin city is just 27 km away from the airport. The city is easily accessible via car, bus, and even rail if you have to come from other districts.

What is the best time to visit Cochin?

You can visit Kochi city at any time of the year. But the best would be between September to March. Of course, the other months are fine, but when the rains hit the roads, you won't be able to get out much and watch the night glow of the city.

Places to visit in Cochin

You can see For Kochi, Wonderla Water Park, Lulu Mall, plenty of other shopping malls, The Hill Palace Museum, Mattancherry, food joints, and pubs that bring life to the nighttime and also the Willington Islands.

Nature at its Best: Periyar

Surrounded by mist-laden trees, hilltops, and valleys, Periyar is one of the most recognized eco-tourism hotspots in Kerala. A picturesque location that would cool your mind and thoughts and lift your happiness level to the maximum level possible. Enjoy simple living, great travel company, and affordable stay options in this Kerala tour this time.

Find Periyar on your map

It is located in Kumily, one of the most ecologically conserved areas in South India. The place winds in through the mountainous ranges of the Western Ghats in India making the trip all the more adventurous and memorable.

How do you reach Periyar?

You can reach the place by road, rail, or air flight. The place is accessible easily and has many tourists coming in every year, You can get down at the Madurai airport, then take a cab to the place, which is about 140 km away. For those who travel by the Indian railways, make your detention stop at Kottayam. Get down here and then take a cab to Periyar town.

What is the best time to visit Periyar?

Since the wildlife and natural plantations are the highlights, you should be enjoying the lovely areas between September to February. The climate is just cool, and breezy and you can get out for early morning walks without feeling the humidity or being soaked by the rains.

Places to visit in Periyar

To top the list of the best places to visit in Kerala, once you are in Periyar, you need to visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice garden, Periyar National park, Vandanmedu, Rammaklamedu, and the Kadathanadan Kalari center are some of the places that you can visit. Our travel experts will guide you on this depending on your vacation time in Kerala.

Wrapping Up

Kerala has been selected as one of the best must-visit travel destinations as the state is naturally conserved ensuring that most flora and fauna are well protected. This makes the place a lovely combination of urban and village lifestyles. This will be a fresh change from your hectic lifestyle. To know more about such trips, we can guide you on each of these trips depending on your vacation time period.

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