Affectionately known as ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Land of Coconuts’, Kerala stuns tourists with its tranquil backwaters, sun-soaked beaches, cascading waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. Ardent lovers of nature will find this place to be a heaven and will naturally end up extending their stay here. There are many places in this Indian state that are not too well known and hence less crowded. We have listed some of them below. People who wish for beauty with privacy must visit them.
Nelliampathi is an awe-inspiring hill station bounded by tea and coffee plantations. Travellers can admire the breathtaking views of hills, plantations, and a wide range of flora and fauna. The forests of this region are home to over 200 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies. Adventure-buffs can go for trekking too! Forming a part of Sahyadri Ranges in Western Ghats, Nelliampathi is reachable only from Nemmara.
Kerala’s drive-in beach, the Muzhappilangad Beach is a 7 km stretch of sand between Kannur and Thalassery. As it is not heavily crowded, visitors can peacefully relax on the sands and appreciate the raw exquisite beauty around them. Thrill-seekers can try paragliding and parasailing here. Furthermore, an exciting annual fest is conducted in which political and film personalities grace the occasion with their presence.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary was the first of its kind in Kerala and is a haven for a large number of resident and migratory birds. Vellapine, Palley, Karanjili, Kunthirikam, Kanala, Bhadraksham, and Kurangatti trees can be found here. To entice visitors, the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary offers numerous activities such as bird watching, trekking, and guided tours.
Ashtamudi Lake, the second largest lake of the state is a gateway to the backwaters. Boat rides and houseboat cruises are available. During the rides, one will be able to observe the boatman gently dip his paddle, without disturbing the prevailing calmness of the waters nearby. Ashtamudi is famed for its sweeping views. The name ‘Ashtamudi’ signifies the eight arms or channels that are passageways to the backwaters.
Thusharagiri Falls is a must-visit spot for trekkers. In fact, it’s a trekker’s paradise! The trek lasts for a period of roughly 2-3 hours. It allows participants to explore the rubber, areca nut, and spice plantations. Exotic birds can be spotted too! Tourist cottages, comfort stations, parking space, and a cafeteria are some of the facilities here. Thusharagiri Falls has derived its name from water droplets of the waterfall that encircle the mountain like a foggy blanket.