Are you looking for a vacation under the natural bliss of Kerala but scared of its crowd? Well, North Kerala comes to your rescue. While South Kerala has stolen most of the limelight, North Kerala is an ideal destination for a lazy holiday, with its exotic beaches, tranquil atmosphere, mirrored backwaters and spice plantations.
Let us unravel the treasure of North Kerala here:
The Greenery of Wayanad
Green is soothing to the eyes and is relaxing to the hearts. Hence, if you are tired and stressed, Wayanad beckons you with its lush greenery. Get close to the mysterious nature of the Western Ghats at the Neelimala Peak or boost your adrenaline trekking to the Chembur peak. While the cold splashes of the Meenmutty Falls kisses you, the joyous chirps of birds at Pakshipathalam fills you with goodness. Pakshipathalam is also known for its caves. Shopping is a must do activity at Wayanad. The bamboo handicrafts, herbal plants, aromatic spices and fresh coffee are some you can bring back with you.
How to Reach:Wayanad is easily connected through jeeps from all parts of Kerala. Kozhikode is the nearest airport to the place. It also serves as the railway station to Wayanad.
Suggested Tour: 3 Nights and 4 Days Kerala Private Backwater Tour
The Heritage of Calicut/ Kozhikode
This city will be loved by history lovers. Calicut has been a port town for the Arabs and the Europeans. From the Beypore ship building yard to the Kalari school of martial arts, the city has wide range of things to offer. The river islands of Calicut are famous for the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. You may visit the city in January to participate in the Malabar Mahotsavam.
How to Reach: Being a major airport and railway station itself, you can easily reach Calicut from all parts of India and world.
The Divinity of Guruvayur (Thrissur)
An abode for Lord Krishna devotees, Guruvayoor is popularly known as the temple town. Various myths, rituals and stories revolve round the 16th century Guruvayurappan temple. The temple looks magnificent when 1000 oil lamps are lit at night while artists portray the birth of Lord Krishna through Krishnattam dance.
Visit the temple during February or March to witness the grand celebration, Utsavam. The Chettuva Backwaters and Blangad Beach are the other attractions of the place.
How to Reach: The pilgrimage is easily conmnected with all the cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu via roads. Thrissur is the nearest railway station and Kochi International Airport is the closest airport.
The Wilderness of Silent Valley (Palakkad)
With its massive dense forests with the backdrop of the Nilgiri mountains and River Kunthi flowing by, the Silent Valley is a nature lover’s paradise. As you explore this mysterious valley, you come across the rich flora and fauna of Kerala. From the lion tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, elephants to the rare species of Nilgiri Thar and Malabar giant squirrel, the list is infinite. Birds like hornbills, tailor birds, drongos, cuckoos and thrushes break the silence of the valley with the melodious tweets. Various kinds of orchids enhance the beauty of this forest. The valley also has excellent arrangements for people looking to stay in tree house or willing to enjoy an Ayurveda massage.
How to Reach: Palakkad and Coimbatore are the nearest railway stations to the Silent Valley.
Kerala is a feather in the crown of Incredible India. If you do not visit this state your India tour is incomplete. You can also explore any other places in South India such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.