Best of Kerala: top places, images, map and video

Kerala, known as God’s Own Country, is often considered one of India’s most beautiful states.  It is situated on the south western tip of the country, on the beautiful Malabar Coast between the Arabian Sea and the larger states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.  It has become a sought after tourist destination, blessed with an amazing natural beauty including lovely Southern beaches, lush tropical forest and superb mountains, as well as its unique backwaters and houseboat experience.  It has also become an increasingly popular destination for health and fitness enthusiast with its numerous yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.  It is no wonder that Kerala is often cited as one of the world’s best destinations, including as being on the top list of the National Geographic Traveller magazine "ten paradises of the world” and "One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century".  The tropical paradise of Kerala is definitely worth discovering to enjoy all it has to offer from natural beauty to eco-tourism and health treatments.

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Map of Kerala

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Best hotels in Kerala

Kerala has some of the country best hotels and resorts, from budget accommodations to luxury 5 stars establishment right on the beach. Indeed, with its golden sandy beaches, splendid backwaters and mountainous hill stations, the state has plenty of remarkable destinations to be discovered.  The following are some of the best establishments in Kerala as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations. 

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Top North Kerala hotels

  1. Vivanta By Taj – Bekal Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
  2. Kanan Beach Resort, 4 Stars Hotel

Top Kochi hotels

  1. Soma Birds Lagoon Resort, 2 Stars Hotel
  2. Hotel Arches, 3 Stars Hotel
  3. Holiday Inn Cochin, 4 Stars Hotel
  4. Dream Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
  5. Goodkarma Inn, 1 Stars Hotel
  6. Elite Palazzo, 4 Stars Hotel
  7. Poovath Heritage Home Hotel, 3 Stars Hotel
  8. Kadalkkara Lake Resort, 4 Stars Hotel
  9. Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, 5 Stars Hotel
  10. Tissa’s Inn, 2 Stars Hotel
  11. Wyte Fort Hotel, 3 Stars Hotel 
  12. Vedanta, 2 Stars Hotel
  13. The Avenue Regent Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel 
  14. Lotus 8, 3 Stars Hotel
  15. The Mercy Luxury Business Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel 

Top Thekkady hotels

  1. Paradisa Plantation Retreat, 4 Stars Hotel    

Top Alleppey hotels

  1. Krishnendu Ayurveda Wellness Centre, 3 Stars Hotel
  2. Coir Village Lake Resort, 4 Stars Hotel 

Top Trivandrum hotels

  1. Keys Hotels Trivandrum, 4 Stars Hotel 
  2. Classic Avenue Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel 

Top Kovalam hotels

  1. Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resorts, 4 Stars Hotel 
  2. Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort, 3 Stars Hotel
  3. The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, 5 Stars Hotel 
  4. Turtle on the Beach Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel 

Best of Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi, once an important trading-post, has become a sought after destination in the heart of Kerala.  It is indeed packed with various cultural and historic sites including plenty of buildings and remains influenced by Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Syrian, Christians and Muslim merchants, visitors, traders and settlers.

Ernakulum boat ferry

The easiest way to get to the Fort Kochi peninsula is by taking the boat ferry from the much busier commercial Ernakulum, packed with hustling merchants and a vibrant street life. 

Chinese Nets

The northern tip of Kochi is home to the famous Chinese Nets, perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark. Those large wooden constructions, which require several fishermen to operate, are still in use today, but mostly for touristic purposes, as modern fishing technique has proved more effective.

Jew Town

The eastern side of Fort Kochi is home to the once Jewish neighbourhood known as Jew Town. At the end of the pedestrian street is located the Paradesi Synagogue, a complex comprised of four buildings and considered the oldest active Synagogue within the Commonwealth.

Dutch Palace

The Dutch Palace, located next to the Jew Town is a popular museum showcasing the history of Fort Kochi.  It is set within a beautiful colonial building and displays a variety of artefacts from magnificent royal clothing to beautifully decorated swords. 

Dutch cemetery

Next to the local Fort Kochi Beach, lies the unique Dutch cemetery with its large standing tombs, reminding us once again of the town’s rich European heritage

Kochi museums

Apart from the popular Dutch Palace, Kochi is also home to the Indo Portuguese museum and the Maritime Museum displaying various planes and other military equipments.

Kochi Hockey

Fort Kochi is the proud host of a regional Hockey tournament, surprisingly India’s most popular sport.  The event take place within the town’s Parade Grounds next to the charming St-Francis Church.

Kochi Backwaters

The backwaters, a complex network of criss-crossed canals and lagoons surrounded by coconut trees, is by far one of the most unique attractions in Kerala.  Although they are mostly concentrated around the Alappuzha and Kottayam region, they can also be found in the southern part of the Kochi peninsula.

Kerala images

The following is a selection of some of Kerala s best photographs.  Click here to view the complete Kerala image gallery.

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Kerala videos

The following is a selection of some of Goa’s best videos including about the unique Fort Kochi and the splendid Kovalam Beach.  Click here to view the complete India videos gallery.

Fort Kochi video

HD Film created by Mat Siems about Central Goa most sought after destinations including the Santa Cruz Church, the Jew Town, the Dutch Palace, the Hockey tournament the Backwaters and the famous Chinese Nets.

Kovalam Beach video

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