1. Alleppey – The backwater hot spot

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Alappuzha or Alleppy is world famous for its backwaters and is known as the Venice of the East. The rustic backwaters and the house boat cruises of Alappuzha are iconic symbols of Kerala tourism packages. The expanses of paddy fields, quaint chapels, fishing villages and the lakes are other attractions of this beautiful district of Kerala.

A day-night stay in the house boat aided with all basic amenities and a private chef for rich Kerala food is the main attraction. The cruising through the lakes filled with water lilies are astonishing.

Food is another main attraction of Alappuzha. The Karimeen Fry is the most prominent choice for every foodies who visit here. The rich Kerala sadya is a festival of tastes. From sweets to spicy pickles served on long banana leaves will be a rare experience for your taste buds. The fascination of Keralites with coconut in their food will prove to be a good experiment for you, if you have never had it before. For dessert, payasam is served, which is made of coconut milk, brown molasses and spices, garnished with cashew nuts and raisins.

Popular tourist attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is another crowd puller.

Best time to visit: September to mid-May

Nearest airport: Kochi Airport, which is 53 km away from the city

Nearest railway station: Alleppey Railway Station; it is well within the city limits

2. Munnar – Perfect for a romantic honeymoon

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Munnar is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. The tea plantations, forests, wild life and the geographical features of this hill station makes it breathtakingly beautiful. Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar offers a variety of ones in life experiences for the travelers.

Munnar has attracted visitors for decades. Once it served as resort for the British Raj elite. The tea plantations of Munnar were established in late 16th century. The exotic greenery and the high peaks gift travelers a set of view-points apart from the tea-plantations. In addition, Munnar is home for many endangered species like Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji. Also the high peaks offers adventure enthusiasts a range of breathtaking trekking trails.

The treks in Munnar offers wonderful and all-round experiences of shola walk, the grass stroll, steep climbs and the dangerous terrain. These treks offers you the most scenic regions of Western Ghats. Meesapulimala, Mathikettan Shola, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate are few among the scenic trekking spots in Munnar. A walk through the Neelakurinji flowers is once in a lifetime moment for many. The Neelakurinji flowers bloom once in 12 years in the lush hills.

Anamalai is the hot spot for experiencing the beauty of this rare blue flower. The blooming season starts at July and lasts till October (blooms this year 2018). During this time the hills of Munnar offers a visual treat. The entire hills get the bluish shade like a blue carpet spreaded across.

Popular tourist attractions: TATA Tea Museum, Meesapulimala, Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Life of Pi Church, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Kundala Lake, Lockhart Gap, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, and Eravikulam National Park .

Best time to visit: October to March

Nearest airport: Kochi Airport, at a mere distance of 143 km from the hill station

Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station, which is 110 km away from Munnar

3. Kumarakom – One of most tranquil places to visit in Kerala

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Kumarakom is known as an enchanting backwater destination of Kerala. Situated in the Vembanad Lake, Kerala's biggest backwater, Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands reclaimed from the lake and engineered by an English farmer back in 1847.

The eco-friendly tourism culture in Kumarakom was awarded by the Kerala Tourism. It is the first tourism destination in India to implement Responsible Tourism Project. The local community of Kumarakom offers the best hospitality culture towards every visitors.

Your Magic Moment Holidays in this paradise will be mesmerized with the melodious symphony of rare migratory birds. Make sure you are well equipped with binoculars and cameras, otherwise you may miss out some of the exotic flora and fauna of this magical village. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located in 14 acres of land is one of the hot spot destination for migratory birds.

The backwater cruises of Kumarakom is world renown and offers a great ambience due to the wide spread of Vemabanad lake. The lake achieves its maximum length and breadth in this region. Kumarakom is part of Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala, and thus is surrounded by lush paddy fields and is crisscrossed by canals and the lake. Canoe trips arranged by local fishermen if undertaken will offer photographers a delight of nature and village life picturesque.

For literature lovers, Kumarakom can gift the real life locations of the Booker-Prize winning novel The God of Small Things written by Arundhati Roy. The novel is set in the Aymanam (or Ayemenem) village and the Taj Garden Retreat hotel complex is centered on the 'History House' in the novel.

Popular tourist attractions: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Juma Masjid, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach, and Pathiramal Island.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Kochi Airport is 85 km away from Kumarakom

Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away

4. Wayanad – The land of heavenly trails

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Wayanad is one of the greenest place to visit in Kerala. The lush forested region is home for many wild animals. Located at the north-east of Kerala, Wayanad is set high on the Western Ghats. The tribal heritage and the richness in the cultures and traditions makes Wayanad an apt perfect mix of nature and man-made heritage. There are still unexplored parts in Wayanad, without even proper names among the explorers to identify, which offers the best of the beautiful Mother Nature.

Your Magic Moment Holidays in Wayanad will be cherished with the recreational, adventure, historic and pilgrim tourism locations. Wayanad tourism offers a wide range natural spots to visit and spend your happy moments. Highly pure atmosphere and the greenery will provide you a heavenly feeling.

The adventure tourism in Wayanad is at the same time a beauty and a beast for adventure lovers. The trek trails may offer travelers a glimpse to the rich wild life of Wayanad. Trekking to the Chembra peak is very challenging and thrilling. It is the highest peak in Wayanad at 2100m above sea level, the trekking will take almost a day. The natural heart shaped lake with blue water at the top of the peak is so romantic and photogenic. Travelers can even camp a day or two at the top of the peak. The scenic beauty of Wayanad from the top of the peak will be a sweet memory for everyone.

The prehistoric rock shelters of the Edakkal Caves, the misty mountains, valleys with white water springs and green meadows and the heritage locations of Wayanad offers a cocktail of experience in your Kerala tour package.

Popular tourist attractions: Besides top 10 tourist places in Wayanad, there are Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill, Lakkidi View Point, P Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Kabini, Papanashini River and Padinjarathara Dam.

Best time to visit: October to May; adventure enthusiasts should visit during the monsoon months of July and August to enjoy the perks of trekking and other adventure activities

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport at Calicut is just 95 km away. The Kerala Government is all set to open the new Kannur International Airport

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode Railway Station, which is 72 km away from Wayanad

5. Thekkady – For the love of wildlife

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Thekkady is your ideal jungle vacation. The thick forests and the wild vegetation offers you a list of near extinct species of animals including tigers, sambars, gaurs and lion tailed macaques. The Periyar National Park is India’s largest tiger reserve.

The early morning boating and wildlife observation, the night trek in the wilderness of Periyar, the vast stretches of spice gardens, all will cherish your Magic Moment Holidays in Kerala.

Popular tourist attractions: Besides 9 must visit places in Thekkady, there are Periyar Lake, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Elephant Junction, Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Ramakkalmedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mudra Cultural Centre, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil, Murikkady, and Vandanmedu.

Best time to visit: November to early-May

Nearest airport: Madurai Airport is just 136 km away

Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away

6. Kovalam – For some beach fun

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Kovalam is one of the best known beaches of Kerala. The crescent shaped coastline is always buzzing with activities. Kovalam gives you an exciting experience of its unique and excellent culture that highlight in the festivals and fairs held there. The unique and captivating cultural festivals and fairs of Kovalam goes like Village Fair, Nishagandhi Dance Festival, Swati Thirunal Music Festival, etc.

Also the beach offers different adventure water sports activities and is an ideal spot to experience the pleasure of Kerala Ayurvedic treatments and deep strong massages. People from different countries, cultures, and states come together and add to the beauty of the place.

Popular tourist attractions: Lighthouse Beach , Hawah Beach, The Lighthouse, Samudra Beach, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Akkulam Lake, Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor, Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Aruvikkara, Rock Cut Caves, and Valiathura Pier.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is mere 15 km away

Nearest railway station: Trivandrum Railway Station is just 14 km away

7. Vagamon – Solitude guaranteed!

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The enchanting beauty of Vagamon hill station is magical. Situated at the borders of Kottayam and Idukki districts and at an elevation of 1100 meters, Vagamon is your ideal location to enjoy a breath of fresh air.

The route to Vagamon itself is so mesmerizing. Beginning with a drive through the rubber plantations and gradually elevating narrow road with sharper curves and in between small water falls. The dramatic travel to Vagamon is ideal to witness the magical transformation of scenaries. As you reach the hill station you will be adorned with magical meadows, mystical gardens, beautiful dales, aromatic tea plantations, and misty valleys.

Popular tourist attractions: Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, Kurisumala, Vagamon Pine Forest, Barren Hills, The Pattumala Church, Vagamon Lake, Mundakayam Ghat, Vagamon Falls, and Maramala Waterfalls.

Best time to visit: Early-August to May

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport is 94 km away from Vagamon

Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km away

8. Bekal – Nothing less of heaven on earth!

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The coastal town of Kerala is known for the 17th-century Bekal Fort. The imposing and must see fort is highly rated among the best tourist places in Kerala. The amazingly photogenic fort is a favorite location for many Indian movies. Bekal Fort is among the top three honeymoon places in South India. The sea breeze passing through your hair, the pleasant weather and good company are key ingredients to have good time in Bekal.

Popular tourist attractions: Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Bajpe Airport is nearest at 72 km

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod Railway Station is just 12 km from Bekal

9. Kozhikode – For authentic Malabar cuisine

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Kozhikode also known as Calicut is situated in the Southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. Kozhikode is amongst the top tourist destinations in Kerala. The city is an ideal combination of sun-kissed beaches, jungles and rich historical legacy. Every nook and corner of Kozhikode holds own untold stories of the past. The Portuguese, British and colonial architectural influence is evident from the streets of Kozhikode. The authentic Malabar food and the exotic spices of Kozhikode has attracted many over the years. Your Magic Moments in Kerala Tour Packages will be incomplete without the Kozhikodan taste specials like Dum Biryani, Kallummakkaya, Chatti Pathiri, and Dal Halwa.

Popular tourist attractions: Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral.

Best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport in Calicut is just 28 km away

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode Railway Station is well within the city limits

10. Varkala – One of Kerala’s most scenic seasides

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Varkala is always in the top list of travel destinations in Kerala. The lush greenery and cliffs on either sides of the beach gives travelers an all-new experience. The Varkala beach has its own position in Kerala’s tourism map. The beach attracts thousands of people to experience the wide variety of beach activities like boat riding, surfing, parasailing, jetting, horse-riding, etc. The beach also offers the most exotic line-up of extravagant beach resorts in Kerala.

Varkala, despite of all these lively activities, holds a big place among pilgrims. The Papanasham beach is where many Hindus come to make offerings for passed loved ones. The Janardanaswamy Temple is another Hindu pilgrimage destination. The Sivagiri Mutt monument in the memory of social reformer Sree Narayan Guru is also located here.

Popular tourist attractions: Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel, and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.

Best time to visit: August to mid-May

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is 53 km away

Nearest railway station: Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station is well within the city limits

11. Kannur – The picture perfect coastal town

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Kannur, formerly known as Cannanore, is located at the North-Eastern coast of Kerala. Kannur held a significant role as a trading port in the European colonial era of India. This beautiful colonial town highlights the magnificent history of the Incredible India. The sun-kissed beaches are bordered by luxuriant cashew plantations, ancient temples, splendid monuments and British and Dutch style buildings. The archeological significance of Kannur is inevitable. The rock cut caves at Taliparambu, Kannur and Thalassery and the Neolithic age burials points to the untold pasts. Once ruled by the Cheras and later by the Kolattiri Rajas, Kannur had trade relations with Arabia and Persia during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Popular tourist attractions: Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort and Rajarajeshwara Temple.

Best time to visit: October to March to enjoy a cool climate

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport. Kannur International Airport is awaiting inauguration

Nearest railway station: Kannur Main

12. Kasargod – A coastal paradise in Kerala

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Kasargod is known as the land of seven languages and several cultures. The harmonious coexistence of Hindu, Muslim, Christian religions in the district attracts several peace loving tourists. Located close to Bekal, tucked between Western Ghats on one side and azure Arabian Sea on the other, Kasargod is an entrancing beauty of ‘God’s own country.’ The renowned Bekal Fort, beach and several temples, churches and mosques of Kasargod attracts many tourists.

All along the east, Kasargod is walled by Western Ghats and the west borders with the Laccadive Sea. The rolling hills, plush coconut plantations, heritage temples and the soothing sea breeze will add Magic to your photographic Moments.

Popular tourist attractions: Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Thonikadavu and Ananthapura Lake Temple, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranipuram

Best time to visit: June to November and January to February. Avoid summer months as they are warm and humid

Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport

Nearest railway station: Kasargod has its own railhead

13. Kizhunna Beach – For complete solace and serenity

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Kizhunna beach is located in Kannur. This beautiful beach is adorned by reddish and black cliffs and lush green palm plantations. People visit this scenic beach during weekends and is an ideal place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

Popular tourist attractions: Ezhara Beach- regarded as twin beach of Kizhunna, Arakkal Museum, Munambam, Mappila Bay, Kannur town, Sea View Park and Dharmadam Island.

Best time to visit: Round the year, except June to August

Nearest airport: Kannur International Airport and Calicut International Airport

Nearest railway station: Kannur

14. Idukki – The true gem of Kerala

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Idukki is a paradise on the God’s Own Country. The ideal place to wash away all your daily life stress and relax. Idukki will rejuvenate every traveler who visit with its rich and extravagant nature. The stunning natural aura of Idukki is capable to gift Magic Moment Holidays for every ardent travelers, nature and photography enthusiasts.

Surrounded by aromatic tea and spice plantations, Idukki is undeniably one of the best places in Kerala perfect for treks, nature walks, and bird watching.

Popular tourist attractions: Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary or Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Ramakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch Dam and Cheeyappara Waterfalls.

Best time to visit: June to August and November to January

Nearest airport: Kochi

Nearest railway station: Theni- 60 kms from Idukki

15. Munroe Island – For an exciting canal cruise in through Kerala backwaters.

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Munroe Island, named after Colonel Munroe, is an ideal place to enjoy the scenic rural landscape of Kerala. Thatched houses, coconut plantations, narrow canals, lagoons and mangrove forests of this island will be visual treat for your eyes.

Located at confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and river Kallada in Kollam, Munroe Island is popular for Canal cruise in Kerala. Kallada boat race held in September every year is very famous among the tourism activities in Kerala. The canal cruise of Munroe Island is run by District Tourism Promotion Council. The voyage operates twice a day, morning at 9:00 AM and afternoon at 2 PM. Charges per person for the cruise is INR 500.

Popular tourist attractions: Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, except monsoon

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport

Nearest railway station: Munroe Island Railway Station

16. Kavvayi Backwaters (island) – The stunning backwater landscape

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To enjoy the real charm of Kerala backwater, Kavvayi Backwaters Island should be on your list. Counted as third largest backwater in the state and one of the most scenic places to see in Kerala, Kavvayi Backwaters Island is formed at the confluence of River Kavvayi and its tributaries Kuppithodu, Konkol and Kuniyan. One can cruise in houseboats in and around the islands on Kavvayi Backwaters, locally known as Kavvayi Kayal.

Popular tourist attractions: Holy Snakes forest located in Edayilakadu Island

Best time to visit: October to March, for soothing weather

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport

Nearest railway station: Payyanur

17. Kuttanad – Rice bowl of Kerala

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The charming villages, backwaters, rivers and agricultural lands of Kuttanad is another visual treat for the travelers to Kerala. Kuttanad is one among the top rated tourism destinations of Kerala. It is an ideal spot to experience the globally renowned traditional Heritage Agricultural System of Kerala with farmland bordered by canals and inland waterways.

Popular tourist attractions: Punnamada Lake and Pampa River

Best time to visit: October to March months are extremely pleasant

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest railway station: Alappuzha

18. Thrissur – Experience rich cultural heritage and pomp

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Thrissur known as the cultural capital of Kerala, is famous for the colorful festivals, temples, cultural and art centers, museums, etc. Thrissur, originally known as Thirusivaperoor is one of the oldest cities in Kerala. The entire city is designed around the grand Vadakumnathan Temple, situated in the center of a 64 acre roundabout known as Swaraj Round. An ideal destination to enjoy Kerala’s renowned Vasthu Architecture.

Thrissur is famous for the grand, colorful and most spectacular Thrissur Pooram festival. The festive mood of this city during the Onam festival is also equally fabulous. Also Thrissur is a famous shopper’s stop for the finest silks and handcrafted gold ornaments.

Popular tourist attractions: Snehatheeram Beach, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Vadakkunnathan Temple, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple and Athirappilly Waterfalls.

Best time to visit: October to March is best time to visit Thrissur. One can also visit during April and May to experience the grandeur of Thrissur Pooram festival

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest railway station: Trichur has its own railway station and well connected with Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi

19. Palakkad – A nature’s delight

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Just like a beautiful picture postcard, Palakkad features most awesome weather, picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes, beautiful dams, lush green forests and majestic temples and forts. With vast sprawling paddy estates and tea plantations, Palakkad, one of the most scenic places in Kerala is aptly known as the ‘granary of Kerala’.

Popular tourist attractions: Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Garden and Dam, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Jain Temple and Seethargundu viewpoint.

Best time to visit: November to March months are extremely pleasant here

Nearest airport: Coimbatore Airport

Nearest railway station: Own railway stations; Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town Railway

20. Malappuram – A renowned Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy centre

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Malappuram is famous for its expansive teak plantations and houses many historic temples, mosques and historic monuments. Also Malappuram is a well renowned Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy center.

Popular tourist attractions: Nilambur Teak Museum, Kottakkunnu and Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple

Best time to visit: July to September to enjoy the beauty of rains. November to February to get away from the scorching heat of cities

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport

Nearest railway station: Angadippuram- 16 kms from Malappuram is the closest railway station

21. Poovar – The tropical stay paradise

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Poovar is a scenic beach situated in the Trivandrum district. The beach houses many classy resorts which are ideal for a lovely tropical staycation.

Popular tourist attractions: Aazhimala Siva Temple, Poovar Beach, Arjuna Backwaters

Best time to visit: October to February

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is located just 30 km away

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is located 27 km away from Poovar

22. Ponmudi – The Golden Peak

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Ponmudi will be an ideal location for every nature lovers. The narrow winding roads, charming tea plantations, the landscape of Ponmudi looks surreal. For trekkers and hikers, there is so much to explore here in Ponmudi.

Popular tourist attractions: Meenmutty Falls, Mankayam Waterfalls, and Ponmudi Rock

Best time to visit: All around the year

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport is 67 km away from Ponmudi

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is located about 55 km away

23. Guruvayur – A spiritual spot

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One of Kerala’s most spiritual places, Guruvayur is located in Thrissur District. Being a small town, this is one of the lesser known tourist places to visit in Kerala, and thus a perfect spot to get to know local culture of the state.

Popular tourist attractions: Guruvayur Sree Vishnu Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, and St. Thomas Church

Best time to visit: October to March

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport is located 87 km away

Nearest railway station: Guruvayur has its own railway station

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