Hidden Treasures in Kerala

1. Ranipuram Hill Station, Kasargode

Ranipuram is a picturesque hill station set in the district of Kasargod. It is a destination located far off from the hustle and bustle of the city, making it ideal for a quiet and pleasant vacation.

Ranipuram is famously known as the “Ooty of Kerala”. Some of the fun activities here are rock climbing, trekking, bird watching and many interesting activities such as chimney climbing and rappelling (controlled rope down from high rocks).

2. Illikkal Kallu, Kottayam

Located in Kottayam, this is one of the lesser known tourist destinations of Kerala. It is a must-visit place for everyone who loves to go trekking and hiking. There are some good hike trails that start right from the bottom of the mountain, leading all the way to the peak. The view from the top is stunning!

The River Meenachil flows through the region. There are three main hills in this region, all named after their appearance. The first hill, Kuda Kallu translates to “umbrella-shaped rock”. The second hill is called Koonu Kallu because of a hunched portion on its sides.

3. Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam

The Ashtamudi backwaters of Kollam is one the least explored destinations in Kerala. It is famously dubbed as the “gateway of backwaters”. The lake gets its name from the 8 channels of the lake that lead to the Ashtamudi backwaters.

A common sight here is local boatmen paddling their way through the lake, making smooth ripples as they do so. They use huge Chinese fishing nets (called cheena vala in Malayalam) to fish. Tourists can go on boat rides across the lake that takes about 8 hours to cover the entire area passing by small villages on the banks. You’ll also come across the Munroe Islands which is a group of 8 small islands situated in the lake.

4. Gavi, Pathanamthitta

Another least explored destination of Kerala is Gavi, a small town in the district of Pathanamthitta, known for its extremely cool climate, especially during the monsoon season.

Nilgiri langur, deers, sambars, Indian giant squirrels and Indian elephants are some of the common animal species found in the forests of Gavi. There are also many beautiful flower and plant species that add color and life to the area.

5. Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad

The Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad is a national park built around the tropical rainforests in the area. It is known to be the only remaining undisturbed rainforest in India!

6. Illaveezha Poonchira, Thodupuzha

Illaveezha Poonchira is a beautiful place filled with lofty hills of different heights and sizes. The name transliterates to “flowery lake where no leaves fall”. It was aptly named so since there aren’t any trees on these hills and hence there are literally no fallen leaves.

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