Kerala, the God’s own country is an absolute paradise for nature lovers, travellers, newly-wed couples, adventure buffs. The state itself is well known for a lot of interesting things and tourists know the most visited places in the state. Here’s a list of some lesser known places of Kerala that are sure going to make your visit worthwhile.

1. Muzhappilangad Beach


This beach is the only drive-in beach in India and it had to be on top of our list. It is located at 15kms from the town of Kannur and you get to have a 5km stretch of a beautiful ride cutting through the waves. This place is a paradise for youth who love to drive cars and show off their skills besides for the bikers.

2. Veliyaparamba Backwaters


This is probably one of the most unexplored backwater destinations in Kerala. Surrounded by some mesmerising greenery, this stretch is situated in Kasargod, the northern most district of Kerala. With the state best known for its houseboat stays, Veliyaparamba is your best best!

3. Ashtamudi Backwaters


This place is situated in Kollam and it is an 8 channel-lake. A chain of high-end resorts and guest houses around this lake add to the richness of your experience. Floating huts and houseboats are a must try if you are visiting this place.

4. Vembanad Lake


This lake is in Kumarakom and it is an ideal spot for boating, fishing and sightseeing. During Onam, you get to witness the famous snake boat races where at least a 100 men row a boat silently sailing through the serene backwaters. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is another tourist attraction around this place.

5. Sasthamkotta Backwaters


Sasthamkotta is called the Queen of lakes and it is the largest lake in the state of Kerala. Apart from the religious significance of this place where feeding monkeys is considered a holy ritual, boating and fishing are the best activities to do here.

6. Kavvayi Backwaters


The Kavvayi Backwaters are located near Payyanur and the culturally rich temple festivals are to die for. The houseboats of course are quite exquisite and these are the largest backwaters situated in the northern part of Kerala. Visit the Edayilakadu Island where you get to find that people worship holy snakes in a forest, which is something that happens only in Kerala.

7. Banasura Sagar Dam


This dam is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The best part about this place is the group of small islands in the reservoir area that are surrounded by thick hill ranges which makes for an absolutely breathtaking view.

8. Cherai Beach


If you are on your way to this so called “Princess of the Arabian Sea”, you will spot so many beautiful lagoons around you, though these lagoons are used for large scale sea food cultivation. The common coconut trees and paddy fields give a beautiful look. The beach is 10km long and it is best for long walks and jogging.

9. Nelliyampathy


Nelliyampathy is a hill station known for its natural beauty and lush greenery. Situated at a distance of 60kms from Palakkad in Kerala, this place has got to offer a lot more than just tourist experiences. Camping, trekking, Spice plantation visit are the best to-do things here.

10. Thenmala


Situated near Punalur in the state of Kerala, this place is the first ever planned eco tourism site for eco tourism. It is a common shooting location for Malayalam films and the Thenmala Dam built over river Kallada is a beautiful spot for admiring the sunset. Thenmala also offers a wide range of activities which include rope bridge, boating, mountaineering, trekking and biking.

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