Kerala is a destination where not only natural beauty but historical wonders are created. The place has rightfully got a nickname of God's Own Country and is visited by thousands of tourists, nature lovers and explorers from far and near every year. For those who always have the quest to enter the offbeat path, Kerala never fails to disappoint you.
The state would surprise you in several ways with its grand and unexplored landscapes. One would get a glimpse of what lies under the blanket of mist and mountains. We bring you some of the most beautiful and less-populated places which leave you spellbound with their stunning scenery and natural splendour.
1. Kilimanoor Palace
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Kilimanoor Palace is the place where the renowned painter-prince Raja Ravi Varma was born. The prince put the map of Kerala in the artist's circuit and it continues to hold a very important place in the hearts of the upcoming artists from the state. Spread across 15 acres, the palace houses a number of ponds and certain sections of the structure serve as the residence to members of the Travancore royal family.
One can find the studio, were Ravi Varma brought to life various gods and goddess apart from various other creations. The place grabs the attention of artists from across the globe, who make it a point to visit the place and take inspiration from his art. The place is must visit for history lovers and art experts.
Kundala is a scenic town which is located on the way to Munnar and is often given a miss by most of the travellers, which indeed makes the place all the more beautiful and untouched. The place is the abode of a beautiful man-made lake, Kundala Lake, which offers boating facilities to its visitors.
One would also come across numerous tea plantations and the Seethu Parvathipuram Dam, which is a sight to behold. It is also the abode of the Neelakurinji flowers which blossom once in 12 years. Keeping aside the natural beauty, the place is credited for having the first monorail system in the country.
3. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Thattekad is truly a birdwatcher's paradise; the bird sanctuary is home to around 300 odd avian species and is spread across an area of 25 sq km in Kochi. The sanctuary comprises of a green cover which is formed by tropical evergreen, grasslands and deciduous trees, where one can easily spot some rare and beautiful birds in their natural habitat.
Sri Lankan frogmouth, drongo, shama, Malabar parakeet and hornbill can easily be spotted here. If you wish to discover more, take the help of a guide who would take you through a number of jungle paths from where you would be able to spot many more.
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Not many are aware of the fact that Kumbalangi is the country's first designated ecotourism village. This beautiful fishing village is filled with nature's swarm of gifts which makes the place all the more interesting and beautiful. Facing the backwaters of Kochi, the hamlet is well known for its Chinese fishing nets. Watch the sunset in the backwaters that gives out a golden hue to the entire area, which makes the place resemble a painting on an artist's canvas.
5. Areekkal Waterfalls
A very popular picnic spot amongst the locals, this waterfall is wrapped up with rubber trees and the region is known for its unpredictable rains which add on to the beauty of the place. If you happen to be here during the monsoon season, keep you eyes wide open for this hidden gorgeousness as the place puts forth its best up front during the rains.
Located at a distance of about 35 km from the city of Ernakulam, the cascading beauty is hidden away; if you happen to miss the signboard across the highway, it is for sure that you might just miss an experience.