Visiting ‘God’s Own Country’ is a treat to itself. Beyond the food, the culture and the scenic beauty that will mesmerize you, there are places carved out of paradise where the humdrum of the city life is lost and you are surrounded by peace and tranquillity. In this maddening rush of time, what more can we ask for? So here are some 5 hidden gems of Kerala that should be in your bucket list. So get ready to add them to your wishlist and venture out here to isolate yourself from the rest of the world.
This unearthed treasure of a beautiful hill resort with green environment and narrow pathways is the estate of Ponmudi. For the trekking enthusiasts, this should be your pick. Looking down on a mist-covered valley and vast stretches of tea plantation, lush green hills and stunning waterfalls, you will unburden the daily humdrum of city life and become closer to nature. Lose yourself in the fascinating wild mountain flowers growing all around and the uncountable number of butterflies. There are many cottages, hotels, and dormitory staying facilities in Ponmudi for a comfortable stay in this peaceful tourist place in Kerala.
Another unearthed treasure, the Ashtamudi Backwaters in Kollam is one of Kerala’s unrevealed secret. Home to more than 50 species of avifauna, 40 species of wetland-dependent birds and 26 species of butterflies have been identified inhabiting the ecosystem. The place is the second-largest and deepest wetland ecosystem and has 8 channels in total which make it stature grand. Lagoons, canals, rivers, and inlets together make this splendid beauty worth visiting. The place is worth exploring because of its rich wildlife and diversity. You can go on houseboat tours, bird watching and even indulge in Ayurvedic massage therapies.
Nelliyampathy is an excellent choice for travellers who search for offbeat holidays in Kerala. Located almost 60 kilometres away from Palakkad, this charming hill station fascinates holidaymakers with its orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming. This astounding hill station is not only famous for its pristine landscape but also a wide range of thrilling activities. Each traveller to Nelliyampathy loves to indulge in trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits. A high 100-meters waterfall certainly enhances the charm of this marvellous tourist destination. An elegant bungalow built by British turned to a resort named Pagalpandi is a great feature of this tourist spot. Visitors can buy fresh coffee and tea during their trip to this hill station. This tourist spot is also famous for good wine and excellent organic items.
4. Cherai Beach
The USP of this beach is you can easily spot dolphins near the shore. Also, this offbeat beach is one of the lesser-known tourist places in Kerala so you can enjoy the view without the crowd. This beautiful beach known for its breathtaking scenery of the backwaters merging with the sea and a seashore, looks like it gave birth to seashells. This water lover’s heaven is the perfect place for swimming, a picnic, a stroll barefooted, cycling, fishing or just going for a boat ride with the locals. Witness thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets here. If you love beaches, then here are some of the best beaches Kamiya Jani visited till date.
Ranipuram is suitable for those looking for a non-so-popular but picturesque destination to explore. It is an astonishing hill station located in the Kasargod district in the Western Ghats region attracts holidaymakers and nature lovers with its diverse wildlife, rich avifauna and evergreen forests. The vast forest areas of this vacation destination share its borders with the well known Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka, the neighbouring state. Mainly known for eco-tourism activities, Ranipuram is fondly called as the ‘Ooty of Kerala’. This striking tourist spot was known formerly as Madathumala. A lot of travellers who wish to explore new places in Kerala choose this destination because of its outstanding natural beauty.
So, these are some of Kerala’s hidden gems that you must visit for total seclusion and social distancing. Seclude yourselves here and enjoy the calm serenity that Kerala has to offer.