If Kerala is a god gifted destination, then its unexplored or less traveled spots are heavenly places to satisfy our wanderlust. There is always something in the hidden and secret spots of God’s Own Country.
Those who love mountains will probably think of Munnar in Kerala while Ponmudi is a sweet spot for authentic connoisseurs of luscious hills. Tea-plantations, valleys, streams, and waterfalls maketh this spot consisting of the famous Agasthiyarkoodam (1868 feet above sea level), the highest peak in Ponmudi. Just under 65 km from Trivananthapuram main city, Ponmudi is a trekker’s delight.
Exploring the raw Nature of the Golden Valley and treading beside the Kallar River and freshwater springs make your journey complete. A gentle stroll through the Ponmudi Crest and deer park is a must-do activity.
If someone thinks of experiencing the aroma of the strongest coffee combined with beautiful gorges, chained mountains, and pleasant weather, they might choose Wayanad but Nelliyampathy should be their pick. Nestled between the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu, this small hill station is filled with the fragrance of coffee, tea, cardamom, and other spices.
This photogenic spot is also famous for its rare flora and fauna. The altitude of mountains ranges from 500 to 1600 m and is the perfect region for romance. A place to visit in this lifetime for adventure lovers.
Gavi is the location for travelers who wants to experience tea and wildlife live close together. As an eco-tourism site, this unique model has an opulent population of both flora and fauna. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty. Located 14 km away from Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a must-visit spot in Idukki district of Kerala. While Kerala Forest Development Corporation has put locals to take care of the eco-tourism project.
Travelers will come across valleys, dells, and tea estates on their way to Gavi. Camping, canoeing, trekking, or just sitting beside the lake is enough to gather beautiful experiences.
Ranipuram is a hill station and a tourist Centre in the Indian state of Kerala. Situated in the Vellarikundu taluk, Kasargod District with extended mountain ranges and steep slopes combined with admirable trekking trails the thickness of Nature in this region connects Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary with Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka. The openness of the hamlet is similar to that of Ooty.
Ranipuram is the best place for photographers to get the expected saturation for Naturally good-looking photos. A two-and-a-half-kilometer trek will take a traveler to the peak’s summit where a cave sitting on the top is the icing on the cake.
Just 60 km away from Kottayam and 15 km away from Thodupuzha, Ilaveezha Poonchira is a crafted greeny mountain located 3200 feet above sea level. Zigzag waters and grey rainy clouds excite the senses of a tourist while riding in the jeep through uneven terrains. “Flowery Lake where leaves don’t fall” is the literal translation for this place. Heavy rainfall is a usual occurrence of this spot making the whole valley convert into a river during the monsoon season. Ilaveezhapoonchira is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks. Mankunnu hills, Kudayathur hills and Thonippara hills make the place very attractive. It is an enchanting destination for true nature lovers and adventure loving tourists.
A best place for trekking lovers surrounded by hills. Ilaveezhapoonchira is also an apt place for adventure driving. Brimming with contours, rocky cliffs, and crevices, Ilaveezha Poonchira is a place to include in the to-do list of the trekking population. Get entangled viewing the Malankara Dam from the top and travel along the traces of tribal settlements, burial chambers, and popular caves like Pandavan Guha and Nilavara Guha.
Strewn across the banks of the river Kabini in Kerala, you’ll find the unexplored and unspoiled beauty of Kuruva Island. The islet Kuruvadweep in River Kabini of Wayanad is the only island surrounded by freshwater in India. The geographical texture of this destination makes it a sought-after tourist place. The 950 acres of an exotic hotspot for Nature Walks in the delta region. Exploring the picturesque sections of this island through boats and rafts of the Kerala Forest Department is a must-do in Kerala. This place is popular for the boat rides which offers on specially crafted bamboo rafts
This place serves as an idyllic picnic spot and soft trekking destination for couples and families alike. Due to the presence of the river, the thick forests in the islands are always green and is home for a variety of rare species of birds, animals and flora. A place to spend time for researchers, ornithologists, and paleontologists. An unharmed, unpolluted, and uncontaminated Natural surrounding for travelers who seek solace, silence, and pure air as a remedy.
Thenmala is an ecotourism spot in Kerala’s Kollam district. Predominantly a forest area, Thenmala is a small village, located at the foothills of the Western Ghat Mountains. Seek tranquility and the unspoiled form of Nature in the form of rubber and tea plantations. One of the first planned ecotourism site in India. Thenmala means “Honey Hill” which refers to the high-quality honey collected from this pristine hilly region. The honey secreting in this region combined with a mixture of rare flora release medicinal properties to it.
Fit trekkers, recreational sports lovers, rock climbers, rock rappelling enthusiasts, and mountain biking fanatics, to rope bridging zealots, should visit Thenmala at least once in their life. The Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the prime ecotourism resource of Thenmala in Kerala. Other than that, for honeymooners and silence lovers, treehouses and leisure walks are popular stay and outdoor activities.
Every single place mentioned here is often claimed to be underrated places of Kerala. Visiting these places will not only improve your mood and feed your happiness meter but also encourage eco-tourism in the corners of Kerala.
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