Kerala has a lot more to offer than just the popular destinations that we have seen in the advertisements and learnt about through other media sources or known through word of mouth. The best way to enjoy and exploit a place is by making it a point to visit a place that is out of the box.
One of the sure ways to truly have a fun- and adventure-filled holiday is to explore the state by going to the lesser crowded locations in Kerala.
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Kerala is known for its spectacular and beautiful backwaters, the evergreen rolling hills and tea plantations and the very charming people, a true delight in every sense of the word. With every place in the state worth the money you spend to enjoy a holiday, there still remain certain places which have remained unspoiled even with the huge inflow of tourists.
Here we bring you some of the equally beautiful places which you could include in your itinerary while planning your holidays in Kerala. Well, these places aren't exactly off the list of tourist spots, but we are quite sure these destinations would help you enjoy a quite refreshing and thrilling stay at God's Own Country.
1. Chembra Peak
The highest peak in Wayanad, Chembra peak is truly a delight for trekkers and nature lovers. It is a part of the beautiful Sahyadris or the Western Ghats. To reach the peak one has to trek up for almost three hours and once you reach the peak, well it is truly worth the effort.
Mid way there is a small heart-shaped lake which is mesmerizing and provides a breathtaking view of the mountain and the nearby locations.
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2. Silent Valley National Park
Silent Valley, situated in the Nilgiri Hills, forms the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It would be perhaps one of a kind experience to trek through this unexplored part of the tropical evergreen forest in India.
The national park came into existence in 1980 as a result of an environmental social movement called "Save Silent Valley" when there was a proposal submitted for a hydroelectric project here.
With a total area of 237.52 sq km it is home to some of the rare species of birds and monkeys. The evergreen sholas, waterfalls and wilderness make it one of the best experiences.
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3. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
The bird sanctuary is part of the dense tropical evergreen forests in Central Kerala. Located at a distance of 58 km from Kochi, it is the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. The region is rich in bird diversity with more than 300 species of birds being identified here. The presence of wildlife is also something worth mentioning.
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Kuruvadweep is an island in the river delta formation on the Kabini river in Wayanad. Being a part of the evergreen tropical forest, it is paradise for a nature lover. With keen eyes one can get to see rare species of flora and fauna here.
Crossing the river on bamboo rafts is something which would give you an adrenaline rush. The crossing is conducted in a very organised way under the strict guidance of forest guards, since the flow of the river might get strong all of a sudden and also sometimes might become uncontrollable.
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The main attraction here is the Thenmala dam which is built across the Kallada river. It was recently converted into an eco tourism destination. Around 72 km from Trivandrum, it offers various facilities like rope bridge, boating, trekking and mountaineering.
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6. Beypore Beach
Beypore is an ancient port near Calicut. It was one of the ports in Kerala where trading with the Middle East was done. The beautiful beach and a 2 km long stone bridge which stretches into the sea is something phenomenal.
You would feel like standing in the middle of the sea, and the sight of fishermen heading over to the sea for fishing in boats of all possible shapes and size is simply awesome. Beypore is also known for the construction of Urus or huge wooden ships.
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7. Thusharagiri Waterfalls
Thusharagiri in translation means a mountain covered with snow. The splashing waterfalls from the height create a feel of witnessing a snow-capped hill. It is part of the Chalippuzha river which originates from the Western Ghats.
Around 50 km from Calicut, it is slowly becoming a popular trekking and rock climbing spot in Kerala.
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