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Best Kept Secrets of Kerala – 5 Serene Places to visit this time.

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Truly blessed with love of God and also called by the name “God’s own country”, is definitely a benchmark for beauty standards. Kerala is the place full of serene beauty and breathtaking views, which can act as a stress buster for you. One of the most frequented holiday destinations from the South of India. So pack your bags and book your flight tickets now to this beautiful land of majestic beaches, amazing hilltops and inspiring landscapes. 

 

There are no words that can describe the beauty of this place. Here are the 5 serene places to visit in Kerala. 

 

  1. Munnar

A place often called as the birthplace of beauty, situated on the Western Ghats, famous for its lush green landscapes, lakes, forests, tea plantations, aromatic spice gardens and the heritage buildings will give you the feel of beauty that has been personified. The place will cast a spell on you and gazing at the tea plantations will hook you in a way that your air tickets to this destination will be constantly booked. If you think this is all about the place then you are wrong, this land has so much to offer to the adventure lovers. One can indulge in paragliding, trekking or rock climbing to satisfy their thirst for thrill.

 

  1. Kumarakom  

The 14-acre bird sanctuary will leave you spell bound as you see the beautiful migratory birds. Famous for its backwater, boating and houseboats, that serves the authentic and aromatic Kerala food. Indulge in an Ayurvedic massage to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. As you float on the Vembanad lake and gaze at the Sunset or the Sunrise and drift away from the worries of your life.

 

  1. Thekkady

If wildlife visit on a cruise is on your wish list then this the time to strike it off, book your flight tickets to this beautiful land of Thekkady. Elephant ride to take you in the forest is an experience that will last forever. 

 

  1. Varkala 

Amidst the picturesque setting indulge in the Ayurvedic massage to revive your senses. You will love watching the sunset here. Spend a quiet evening here and bond with your friends or family or enjoy some me time here. One can easily book flight tickets online to reach here. After your first visit, you will want to book it again as soon as possible. The serene beauty of the less crowded beaches will give you memories that will lasts for year.

 

  1. Kovalam

The three enchanting beaches of Kovalam will leave you awestruck. Airways are the best way to reach the place as it is situated near the Trivandrum airport. So book your Flight tickets now and avail all the amazing offers available online. The largest beach being the lighthouse beach followed by the Hawah beach and the Samudra beach attract the tourist from all over the world. 

 

This list does not end here Allepey, Periyar, Thrissur and Wayanad, are few other popular destinations so it is highly recommended that have ample of time to spend in this exotic location.   

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