Kerala is often called ‘God’s own country’. And rightly so. Vast landscapes, lush green forests, calm backwaters, dense vegetation, friendly people and water laden coconuts – Kerala is a diverse land with a variety of offerings.
At a time when everyone is looking for an eco-friendly destination for a holiday, Kerala has an abundance of such options. Here are our top five.
Eravikulam National Park
Spread over 97 square Kms in the Kannan Devan Hills, this national park is fascinating. Located at 7000 feet above sea level, it is loaded with environmental wonders and the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr, is found here.
Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas, is right in the middle of the national park. Animals found here include the Nilgiri Langur, leopard, tiger, Indian bison to name a few. Flora and fauna of various kind can also be seen here.
Also known as ‘honey hills’, it is a famous destination in Kerala. It spreads across acres of dense forest.
Designated tourist sites have been earmarked across the location. From authentic Kerala food to art and culture – there is something for everyone here.
The dam is another highlight with a sway bridge that is exciting.
Complete relaxation for the mind, body and the soul.
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest national parks of the state. Species of different types are found here like the Asian Elephant, Tiger and Leopards. The Neyyar Dam within the sanctuary is a famous picnic spot and the river is a beautiful spread of blue waters.
Many rare medicinal herbs are found here which are used to create ayurvedic products.
Agasthyamalai Biosphere is now listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Trekking is allowed but with permission from the Forest Department.
Periyar is a famous tourist location. Its bountiful landscape and mountains form for some breath-taking sights.
The elephant and Tiger Reserve, Periyar National Park is located in the midst of the Cardamom and Pandalam hills.
The valley is famous for the rhododendron flower which grows in abundance in this high altitude locale. Called the ‘silent valley’ plateau, it is a mesmerising hilly abode. Trek across the various scenic trails to admire nature’s beauty.
Combine it with a trip to Munnar, another well-known hill station in Kerala.
Preserving nature is the duty of all the citizens of the country. More and more of such Eco-friendly destinations need to be developed for tourism. Only then will nature flourish.