kerala picnic spots
Kerala Picnic Spots

Vythiri
Vythiri, the land blessed abundantly by nature, is one of the most popular tourist haunts of Kerala. The salubrious climate and scenic beauty of Vythiri made it a popular hill-retreat during the colonial times. During this era, many English planters made Vythiri their home. Rocky terrains, lush forests, numerous waterfalls and wild streams make Vythiri an ideal destination for adventure travelers. There are numerous opportunities here for trekking, rafting, wildlife adventure safari etc. For Ornithologists, Vythiri is a heaven - ideal for spotting an exciting array of exotic birds.

Major Attractions: Boating in Pookot Lake, Trekking, Bird Watching, Elephant Safari and Rafting.

How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is situated at Kozhikode at a distance of around 90 km away from Vythiri.
By Rail: Kozhikode railway station, located at a distance of 68 km, is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Vythiri is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of the state and to the neighboring state of Karnataka.

Mararikulam
Mararikulam or Marari the place which is not changed with the passage of time it gives a completely new experience to a holidayer as it offers an unblemished and pristine shoreline, swaying coconut palms, thatched huts, small paths that crisscross through courtyards and a striking view of the sunset. You can experience the local charm with matchless traditional Kerala hospitality, at Mararikulam. Explore the stunning backwaters, the tranquility of the village and the spectacular sceneries that promise a relaxing and inspiring experience.

Major Attractions: Visit traditional coir making units and indulge in numerous beach activities.

How to Reach
By Air: Nearest International Airport is at Cochin (about 90 km away)
By Road: Mararikulam is connected with all major destinations in South India by road.

Bekal Hole Aqua Park
The Park is just 1 km north of Bekal Fort, off the highway is a unique 'Aqua Park', the only one of its kind in north Malabar. Pedal boats and water cycles offer hour's long relaxation on the cool stretches of the Bekal Hole backwaters.

Best Time to Visit: Summer & Winter

Transport Terminals: Bekal Fort (1 km away) And it is 13 kms south of Kasaragod, 16 kms from Kanjangad and 4 kms from Pallikkara.

How to Reach
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station Pallikkara, Kanjangad and Kasaragod Railway Stations.

Bolghatty Island
This lush, lovely island is famous for its palace of the same name. The Bolghatty Palace, built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British, is today a popular hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.

Best Time to Visit: Through out the Year
Transport Terminals: Cochin's Marine Drive

How to Reach
By Air: Nearest Airport Cochin International Airport, 20 kms from the city.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station Ernakulam, 2kms from the city

Vandiperiyar
The River Periyar flowing through the centre of Vandiperiyar nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthuria.

Best Time to visist: September to March

Transport Terminals: Thekkady, 18 kms away

How to Reach
By Air: Nearest Airports Madurai Airport (Tamil Nadu) and Cochin International Airport.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station Kottayam.

Aveezhapoonchira
The place is 15 km from Thodupuzha and is spread over 1000 acres, this land locked by green Hillocks skirts Kottayam district. The place gets its name from the fact that there is not a single tree in the vicinity and hence no leaf falls here. The verdant landscape, punctuated with four hills, each rising to 3,200 feet, is ideal for trekking. During the monsoon when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake. One of the best Places in Kerala to enjoy sunrise and sunset.

Best Time to Visit: September To May

Transport Terminals: Kanjar

How to Reach
By Air: Nearest Airport Cochin International Airport, about 76 kms from Kottayam town
By Train: Nearest Railway Station Kottayam, about 57 kms from Thodupuzha

Kollengode
Kollengode is 19 kms from Plakkad. Palakkad is known as the granary of Kerala, is a land of palms and paddy fields. And enshrines the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The village gets its name from the blacksmith (Kollen) community who live here. The Kollengode Palace, built in the traditional style, and a shrine of Lord Vishnu are the major attractions. Seethakundu and Govindamalai near Kaachankurichi are ideal spots for adventure trekking. Major Attractions: Endless paddy fields, an ancient Vishnu temple and The Kollengode Palace.

Best Time to Visit: September to February

How to Reach
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station Palakkad, about 19 kms from Kollengode.
By Air: Nearest Airport Coimbatore, about 55 kms from Palakkad town.

Veli Tourist Village
The Lake attracts hundreds of visitors' everyday. Pedal boats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire. Besides water sports, am 18 acre Waterfront Park with floating bridge connects the village to the Shankhumukham beach and also there is a children's park around the floating bridge. The Veli Tourist Village has abundance of fish ponds, wading pools and landscaped gardens, along with facilities for boating and water sports. A children's park around the floating bridge connects the village to the beach. A beautifully landscaped garden and facilities for swimming, boating, etc, on the placid waters.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year.

Transport Terminals: Nearby is the Shankhumukham beach

How to Reach
By Air: Nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 3 kms away
By Train: Nearest Railway Station Thiruvananthapuram central, about 8 kms away