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Top 5 places to visit in Kerala on a Motorcycle.

“God’s own country”, Kerala is indeed one of the most significant destinations that make India Incredible. From mesmerising hill stations to scenic villages Kerala has something every nook and corner that which can be explored. If it is to Kerala that you are heading for your short break then, grab your stuff, race-up your bike and let’s explore Kerala! To help you make the most out of this ride we have compiled the top 5 places that should give you a brief yet, the best picture of the state.

1) Athirappally

Best known as the Niagara Falls of Kerala, Athirappally Waterfalls tops our list. Situated on the Chalakudy River this prominent tourist spot is at about 1000 feet above the sea level. With its milky waters that gush down 8 feet, several small streams and forests this is one of the spot that would conquer the hearts of all.

On reaching Athirappally, it is not just the waterfalls that you should be visiting. Some of the major attractions that lay close-by and is worth the visit include the Vazhachal Falls, Charpa Falls and the Thumboormuzhi Dam and Butterfly Park.

2) Vagamon (or Wagamon)

A sleepy little town with picturesque beauty that is yet unmarred by the hands of commercialization, Vagamon lies at an altitude of about 1, 100 meters. The hill station which is located in Idukki district of Kerala is abundantly blessed by green meadows, enchanting pine forests, waterfalls, scenic landscapes, and greenery all around. The place’s altitude gives it the advantage of having pleasantly cool climate with temperatures between 10 degree Celsius and 23 degree Celsius. Vagamon’s terrain is ideal for activities like trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, etc. thus, making it a favourite spot among adventure travelers.

Major places of interest here include the Kurishumala Ashram – a place with its atmosphere filled with tranquility and divinity, Pine forests, Mooppanpara – a V-shaped canyon; well-renowned as suicide point is one of the best viewpoints in the place and the meadows.

Tip: The check-posts at Vazhachal and Malakkappara will be closed by 4 pm. So, try to clear them before 4 pm!

3) Munnar

Perhaps there would be no other place as famous as Munnar! This mesmerizing hill station is one of the most visited destinations in the state or to say even in the country. A ride on your bike through the hair-pin bends, amidst the tea estates itself will give one the joys of a memorable trip. Hence, this is one place that will never go off the charts!

Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar lies at about 1,600 meters above sea level. The place has a wide variety of flora and fauna, breath-taking view points, waterfalls, green valleys, mist-clad hills and charming villages. Some of the must-see attractions at Munnar include Lockhart Gap, Top Station, Mattupetti Dam, Kolukkualai, the famed Meesapulimala, etc.

4) Valpara (or Valparai)

Valpara – another one of those charming places still untouched by the modern day make-overs. At an altitude of about 3,500 feet, Valpara is located on the Anamalai mountain range. With picturesque beauty and greenery all around this is one of the places that should not be missed. While exploring Valpara, these places could be the ones not to be avoided. Here are a few of them: Aaliyar Dam, Monkey Falls, Loam’s View Point, Sholayar Dam, Manampalli forest, and Tiger Valley.

5) Varkala

Varkala is a coastal town belonging to the Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) district of Kerala. After exploring a breath-takingly beautiful waterfall and three mesmerizing hill stations, some time on the sun-kissed beaches will give the perfect conclusion to short getaway.

Being a coastal town, one of the major attraction that Varkala is famous for is its beaches. There are two major beaches here: the Varkala Beach which is also renowned by the name ‘Papanasam Beach’ and another one at Tiruvambadi. Other prominent sightseeing destinations include the Anjengo Fort, Varkala Tunnel and Kappil Lake.

It is not that there are no other places to explore. There are plenty of them. When the destination is Kerala would there be a limit to what and where to explore?! Here we have only picked the best 5. Now that we’ve had a quick trip, let’s ride! Or wait. Hold on! If you don’t own your sweet ride, here is a solution:

Based in Cochin (or Kochi), Caferides is the first legal motorcycle rental service provider in Kerala. With a motorcycle fleet that include brands like – Royal Enfield, Harley Davidson etc, this motorcycle rentals Cochin, Kerala is now re-defining motorcycle tourism in Kerala!

So, take the one you own or rent one and off you go to explore Kerala.

Have a happy journey. Safe ride and a fun break!

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Meghamalai.

Meghamalai

(4500 Ft Above Sea Level)

Meghamalai is categorised as Plantations.

  • Meghamalai is a remote tea plantation getaway set on the Tamilnadu side of Periyar reserve
  • Meghamalai is totally cut off being surrounded by Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and excellent for trekking, bird watching or just a totally cut off / off-beat stay.
  • Meghamalai area is full of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations with a bit of pepper and cinnamon as well. Woodbriar Tea Estate has over 6000 acres of tea plantations and is home to one of the largest tea factories in Asia.
  • Meghamalai forest area Resident and migratory elephants are common. Other animal population comprise tiger (rarely sighted), leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, sloth bear, Grey Junglefowl, Smooth-coated Otter and flying squirrel. The sanctuary is also home to the endangered, arboreal Grizzled Giant Squirrel Ratufa macrora.
  • At Meghamalai 100 species of birds have been identified. The rare Great Indian Hornbills are found here. One of the rarest fruit bats of the world, Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat is only found in this mountain range.
  • Entire Meghamalai has very limited rooms to rent and therefore early reservation is a must.
  • Nature centric Destinations in Tamil Nadu offering Bird watching“Meghamalai (85 kms from Thekkady) is spread over hectres of isolated tea plantations offering an exclusive experience. Over 100 species of birds have been identified around here. Great Indian Hornbills are found here. One of the rarest fruit bats of the world, Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat is only found here. Wildlife such as Wildlife elephants, Indian Gaur, Barking deer is commonly sighted. Tea plantation bungalows for stay here enhance the overall experience.”
  • Destinations in South India offering Tea Plantation Experience“Meghamalai (4500+ ft asl, 85 kms from Thekkady and 125 kms from Madurai) is a large Tea Estate area and an exclusive Tea Estate area having a few tea plantation bungalows around it. The heritage bungalows have an offbeat character and offer walks, treks and bird watching around it. “
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