When one talks about “God’s own country”, the first thought which comes to your mind is Kerala. There is no denying the fact on why the state has earned this title in the first place. The rich backwaters, momentous beaches and green hill stations along with well maintained wildlife sanctuaries and reserves of Ayurveda knowledge make it worth everyone’s while. However, all the masses throng to the well known places of Kerala. Why follow the crowd, when you can actually visit the less visited places, to explore the true beauty of Kerala and all that it has to offer to its visitors’.
So without further ado, let’s check out some of the unexplored places in Kerala, which might end up becoming your next travel destination:
Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom
The Vembanad Lake might be one of the offbeat locations, but nevertheless it is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. The algae enriched waters of Vembanad lend it the name of being one of the longest lakes in India; the lake also sports the largest source of surface water. There is a saltwater barrier which has been strategically dividing the sea water from the fresh water. Cruise around the lake in well maintained houseboats; during Onam, you can even get to enjoy snake boat races, which are a specialty of this lake’s rich history.
Chembra Peak, Wayanad
If you are an avid nature lover, then the highest peak in the south of Himalayas is bound to lure you. Standing tall at a height of 2100 meters above sea level, the Chembra Peak offers a plethora of trekking options to visitors. However, before you do decide to venture out into the lush green surroundings of the mountain peak; make sure you have taken the necessary permissions from the Meppady forest department. On the way to the peak’s top most point, do make it a point to stop at the ‘hridhayathadakam’ lake; the heart shaped lake has never dried up, which will make you wonder about nature’s magic.
Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad
If national parks are your thing, then the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad will just make you want to get up and take notice. Located in the heart of Nilgiri Hills, the National Park is a haven for observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Home to a series of endangered animals, the Park plays host to the lion-tailed macaque, along with 138 species of birds, 34 species of mammals and 730 varieties of insects. Apart from the fauna, you also get to see a lot of flora, making you want to settle in the midst of this innate nature’s lap. Enjoy nature infused walks, indulge in photography and capture the truest moments of nature’s beauty, all by visiting the Silent Valley National Park.
Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam
The trip to Kerala is incomplete without a visit to the famous backwaters. The Ashtamudi Backwaters are one of the largest and deepest wetland ecosystems; they boast of a labyrinth of brackish lagoons, rivers, inlets and canals. Inhabited by a variety of species, the water body is famous for houseboat cruises. Enjoy the serenity of the flora and fauna in and around the backwaters, which are bound to leave you mesmerized and wanting to stay afloat for years and years to come.
Explore the unexplored places in Kerala; travel the untraveled areas and rest assured, you will never be the same. After all, with so much on offer, why would anyone want to visit the frequently travelled places of Kerala.