Kerala Makes It to CNN Travel’s 19 Places to Visit In 2019!

Last Updated: Mar 02 2019 14:36

Kerala became one of the 19 places shortlisted by CNN this year for travel enthusiasts to visit in 2019.

The New York Times ranked Hampi second in its list of ’52 must-see destinations of 2019′. Now, Kerala has been featured in CNN Travel’s 19 places to visit in 2019.

The report mention the floods that wreaked havoc in the state last year and points out that even if the destruction hit the state at a large scale, most of the natural sites and top tourist spots remained unscathed.

“This area of India has it all: the sun, sea, sand, good food, houseboats, culture and wildlife. Its spectacular natural landscapes — think palm trees and sprawling backwaters — lend the region the nickname God’s Own Country, “Noted CNN travel.

Jane Austen wrote, ‘To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure, is the perfect refreshment,’ and Kerala is one such destination that not only rejuvenates but in a way cleanses one’s body, mind and soul.

The southern state of Kerala is a destination in India that truly makes it feel proud. A paradise for both, natives and travellers, this popular place of the visit beckons a travel experience unlike any other.

Capital: Thiruvananthapuram Location: Southwest India

1. Rural Kerala
Here you’ll get to observe all kinds of local industry and skills. 
The focus on village tourism has grown in recent years, and a number of destinations have been developed across the state. Kumbalanghi Village is a convenient option on the outskirts of Kochi.

2. Sargaalaya Crafts Village
Sargaalaya won a National Tourism Award for Best Rural Tourism Project in 2016. This tourist village was set up at the pretty village of Iringal, in Kerala's Kozhikode district, to provide a platform for talented artisans to display their craftsmanship. 

3. Poovar Island
Poovar Island is not far from the Tamil Nadu border and is quite an amazing natural wonder. It lies at the point where the Neyyar River meets the Arabian Sea.

4. Kannur
one of the best places to get off the beaten track in India, the Kannur district of northern Kerala offers an ideal blend of secluded beaches and culture in the form of mysterious masked spirit-possession rituals.

5. Kerala Backwaters
One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is to take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer.

6. Fort Kochi
Known as the "Gateway to Kerala", Kochi is an enchanting city that's had an eclectic influence. Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have all left their mark there. 

7. Munnar
If you like tea, a visit to Munnar is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations. See tea being picked and processed, and try fresh tea straight from the gardens.

Visit this paradise; enjoy houseboat cruise and stay, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies and a lot more!