Kerala, one of the most visited places in India, is a travellers haven and is the best choice for your vacation in India with family in May. It has got a diverse landscape that includes tranquil backwaters, golden beaches, rolling hills, spectacular waterfalls and large green forests. This diverse nature of the state attracts a lot of tourists to the state throughout the year.
Here are the ten best places to visit in Kerala in May.
The temple town of Guruvayoor is extremely famous for the Sree Guruvayoorappan temple and thousands of devotees throng the temple every year to get a glimpse of Sree Krishna, a popular avatar of Lord Mahavishnu. Vishu is one of the busiest times of the year in the temple and people wait for hours on end to enjoy their first glimpse of the lord, also known as "Kani".
Vagamon in the Idukki district is a dreamy destination to spend a weekend. Take it a notch higher when you go paragliding; a perfect opportunity for you to fly without wings. Enjoy the mesmerizing greenery of the grasslands, the mystery of the dense pine forests and the sparkling rivulets of water as they go cascading down as waterfalls when you paraglide.
Eco-tourism Village There is nothing more royal than an elephant ride when you are on vacation. You can enjoy this at the Thenmala Eco-tourism village. Thenmala being a small village in the foothills of Western Ghats is the perfect place for an elephant ride. Apart from elephant riding, you can also enjoy camping in the wilderness, trekking and rock climbing.
Vembanad lake is one of the best tourist destinations because you get to enjoy the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha and nearby areas. There are so many activities to indulge in Kumarakom; houseboat ride, bird watching, visiting Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls and Pathiramanalisland are some of them.
Wayanad is one of the best trekking spots in Kerala and Chembra Peak being the highest peak is the favourite trekking spot for tourists. A major attraction of the trek is that you can see a lovely heart-shaped lake when you reach the topmost spot.
The crisscrossed channels of slow-moving waters fringed by the rows of palm trees and you relaxing in a traditionally-looking contemporarily-facilitated houseboat, enjoying the visual treats of paddy fields and invigorating countryside - the experience is unmatchable. Alleppey (Alappuzha) Backwaters regularly feature among the best places to visit in Kerala in May.
Spread over the tropical landscapes of Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is a haven for wildlife lovers. Amidst mesmerizing greenery and expansive spice plantations and set around the serene Periyar Lake, the park is home to Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, gaur, sambar, lion-tailed macaque and more than 265 species of birds.
If the old world charm and multicultural heritage are what you look forward to, Cochin (Kochi) is the perfect destination for you. From the colonial palaces and bungalows to synagogues, churches and temples, the city is no less than a treasure trove of architecturally brilliant historical buildings.
9. Bekal Beach
Sunset at Bekal Beach is a sight to behold. The grassy park and the stunning stretch of white sands is a great place to spend an evening. If you want a little peace, avoid the weekends.
The serene backwaters of Kollam is a definite thriller for those who like houseboat rides and would like to cruise along the backwaters. The views along the backwaters are divine and awe-inspiring. May is a great month to let off some steam and cool down with a trip to Kerala. Pick a couple of the activities mentioned above and enjoy a fabulous summer in God's own country.