Thinking of Kerala means there are some visuals that will obviously strike your mind. Like the houseboat, some plush green backwater and some weaving coconut trees.
But there are some places which are definitely overcrowded in Kerala, all thanks to the tourists pouring in there every month. So, if one wants to get a taste of untouched Kerala, then these are the places that they need to add to their list.
Ditch the usual backwaters of the Vembanad Lake which everyone makes a point to visit. Instead you need to travel a few more hours and kilometres down the south to reach this place. No wonder, they have much less tourists and a stunning backwater view.
Most tourists who head down to Kerala end up experiencing the backwaters of Vembanad lake, accessible via the towns of Alleppey or Kumarakom. A few hundred kilometres south lies the Ashtamudi lake that is home to equally stunning backwaters. This lake is also very popular for clam fishing and prawn feeding. One can also get to see many Ayurveda resorts along the coastline where one can rejuvenate themselves. If one wants they can also stay at houseboats which are also available in a few numbers.
This is located in the border between Idukki and Kottayam and this one is a very serene hill station which is not yet overcrowded. The temperature also never stoops down to low and so one can get a very pleasant weather here. One can enjoy some green meadows, teas estates and some mesmerising waterfalls here. If you are an adventure freak then parasailing and paragliding is also an option for you here.
If you want to go and enjoy beaches in Kerala, then apart from Kovalam and Varkala there is a fishing village called Mararikulam. Right there, is the Marari beach. Here one can get a clean beach with sparkling white sands and also some luxury resorts adorn the place here. One just needs to drive a few kilometres from Alleppey to reach here.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
This one is located at the northern banks of the Periyar River. It is the first ever bird sanctuary in Kerala. One can get to see more than 250 species of birds here and apart from them leopard and sloth bear spotting also happens here. The best time to visit here is definitely in between October to March because one can get to see migratory birds from Siberia as well. One can book government run resorts to stay here.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
This is one of the prominent habitats of Royal Bengal Tigers in Kerala. Apart from them, one can get to spot hornbills and Parambikulam frogs here. One can plan a jeep safari here for animal spotting.
These are a few offbeat areas to discover when one is in Kerala. One can book their train tickets online to reach here. The train food service is really good these days and one can book them from e catering services.