KERALA is known as God’s Own Country for the beautiful view and work of art that only Gods could have managed to do. It’s a place every person wants to visit because of the beautiful beaches and the spiritual temples. The Land of Coconuts is also the spice garden of the country spreading cashew to the world.
It is not possible to travel the whole state within three days, but I have to try to point 18 major attractions.
DAY 1: Thiruvananthapuram
#1. Beemapally Mosque-
It is the oldest mosque in the city. It has a vast area with beautiful decoration of lights. Its main attraction is the tomb of Beema Bheevi, a lady with the power to heal the sick. Till today, people of every religion come to visit the mosque to pray for health. Once every year, the mosque hosts a feast for all who visit. The main festival is the colorful Chandanakudam Mahotsav, which lasts for 10 days, acknowledging the death anniversary of Beema Bheevi.
#2. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple-
It is one of the oldest temples of history having references in the literature of 500 B.C and 300 A.D. It is the temple of Lord Vishnu in the Ananta Sayana form. The architecture is a fusion of Kerala and Tamil Nadu’s design. The temple gained popularity after discovering its vaults filled with gold and thus was known as “The Golden Temple” in past. The temple follows strict rules for dress code, thus men have to wear dhoti and women have to wear a sari to enter the premises. Along with that, it is important to book darshan tickets to perform the inside rituals.
#3. Napier Museum-
It is beautiful and one of the old museums in Thiruvananthapuram. The old museum was remodeled in 1874 and was named after the then governor, Lord Charles Napier. The museum accumulates rare work of archeology, history, and many ancient commodities.
#4. Thiruvananthapuram Zoo-
It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in India. It was created for the recreation purpose of humans, keeping animals in cages but with the advancement of time, the animals are allowed to stay in open spaces of the garden. The zoo is filled with indigenous as well as some foreign animals as well, along with many species of bird and reptiles.
#5. Sree Chitra Art Gallery-
The gallery features the works of Raja Ravi Varma, Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, and many other famous personalities. It has works related to Mughal, Rajput, Bengal, and many more. The pictures are just enough to bring the inspiration out of any artist.
#6. Natural History Museum–
The museum is filled with skeletal models of tiny ants to large whales. The entrance has a large dinosaur, which can fill the hearts with enthusiasm. The tour of the museum takes about an hour or two, but it is worth it.
#7. Kerala State Science and Technology Museum-
It is an autonomous institution installed to gain the interest of the young minds. It has 10 galleries showcasing hundreds of items related to the science of electronics, automobiles, etc. the museum has an attached planetarium, known as Priyadarshani Planetarium, which consists of an observatory having an 11-inch telescope.
#7. Kunnumpara Temple-
The temple is the house of Lord Subramanya, created by Shri Narayan Guru, a social reformer. The main events of the temple are Skanda Shashti, the sixth day or the day of victory of lord Muruka over asur Surapadma, and Vaisaki Visakham, the birthday of Lord Muruka. It also has a maginifient view of the Arabian sea of Kovalam.
DAY 2: KOVALAM
#8. Kovalam beach-
The best way to end the first day is a beautiful sunset at Kovalam beach. Its long coastline is divided into three beaches of which the Lighthouse beach is the tourist attraction because of the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse, built of stones.
#9. Agastya Mala-
It is a beautiful biosphere reserve which a part of the UNESCO world biosphere reserve network. It is named after one of the saparishi Agastya. It shares the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is an ideal place for trekking, arranged by the Kerala Forest Department for 2 days and passes are to make earlier the visit. But for one day, the surrounding scenery is more than enough to spend time.
#10. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary-
It is the drainage basin for the river Neyyar near the Agastyamala peaks. It houses animals like tigers, leopards, Nilgiri langurs, and many more. The sanctuary also runs a rehabilitation program for crocodiles and elephants. You can choose for a ferry safari to enjoy the scene of the dense forest, animals and the nearby dam. But animals are not abundantly seen in the surrounding.
#11. Neyyar Dam Boating-
The boating is a beautiful experience to have in that area. During the ride, lions and elephants can be seen on the banks, drinking water or resting in the shade. The ride can leave you spellbound to nature. Nature will compel you to use the best camera you have got. But it’s better not to visit during March as the water level is very low.
#12. Samudra Beach-
It is the beach you would like to visit to have some privacy. The beach itself is separated from other beaches by some promontory. It is never crowded and thus will be the best place to end the day after the tiring day. The beautiful sunset is capable of wiping every tint of exhaustion.
DAY 3: ATTINGAL
#13. Palaruvi falls-
The falls are just like as the name means, a stream of milk. It is very well maintained and every possible attempt is done to keep it clean. Care must be taken while climbing as the rocks are slippery. The falls are also open for taking bath.
#14. Attingal Palace-
The palace is one of the existing palaces of the 18th-century architecture built by the Travancore Dynasty. The walls of the palace are beautifully covered with paint. It is said that the united rebellion against the British began here.
#15. Sasthamkotta lake-
It is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala with its name inspired from the Sastha temple on its bank. The lake, surrounded by hills on three sides, is available for boating. It is a silent and calm place to spend time with family.
Neendakara port- it is a famous fishing port. The port can support around 500 boats and can be considered one of the biggest in those areas. The port has a small market from where fish can be bought and the nearby beach has shops which cook the fishes for you. Thus you can enjoy delicious fish of your choice to choose from you.
#16. Thirumullavaram beach-
it is one of the most popular beaches of Thirumullavaram, famous for offering homage to the dead ancestors. The beach is surrounded by coconut trees and thus makes a good resting place in the shade. The beach is connected to major roads and is easily accessible.
#17. Thangassery lighthouse-
It is the second tallest lighthouse in Kerala. It is very beautifully maintained on the inside as well as outside. The view from the top is breathtaking as you have to climb a lot of stairs, but now a day’s elevators are installed. It is the most visited lighthouse in Kerala.
#18. Kollam beach-
This beach is also known as Mahatma Gandhi beach as it has a Mahatma Gandhi Park in it. It one of the most important and old ports for trading cashew in the international market, guided by the Thangassery light house in old days. The sunset here is magnificent. The place is not only is crowded by the tourists but the locals. But the water is not allowed for swimming because of the currents.
The places in the list are arranged as the shortest distance from each other. The trip will be tiring as it’s just 3 days 18 Best places to visit in Kerala and you have to start early in the morning. But I am sure after the trip end you will feel every cell in your mind missing all the moment you enjoyed. It is a journey worth travelling.