The slender stretch of stunning land, Kerala is on the bucket list of every travel enthusiast. Kerala is well-known for its exquisiteness as a travel destination which is one of the reasons why it has always retained its position in the list of top ten tourist destinations in India. The cuisine of Kerala binds in flavours that are to die for and is yet another factor which is enticing tourists and backpackers to the land. Last, but not the least it is also the various initiatives taken by the Government and travel organizations like Dream Holidays to facilitate comfortable travelling in the state, that is attracting tourists. Great quality and reasonable prices of Kerala tour packages are definitely making travellers happier. But above all this, the prime reason is its tourist spots that are embellished by natural beauty. All of you must be aware of this fact and might have heard about the lush green rolling hills, beaches, backwaters and waterfalls of Kerala. But how many of you know that Kerala is also home to some astoundingly beautiful islands. Well, if you don’t, take a peek at the list of the best islands of Kerala.
Poovar Islands: The Serene Island of the Capital
Located in the capital district of Thiruvananthapuram, Poovar Islands has been drawing a lot of attention lately. The island is nothing less than a paradise. It is bathed in lush greenery which encircles the crystal clear backwaters where you could see water birds diving in to catch their prey. The bright green shade of the island is imparted by the innumerous coconut trees that blanket it. The island is open for visiting all around the year. You can visit this island anytime and enjoy its stunning beauty. Be it a honeymoon or a quiet family vacation, Poovar Island is simply perfect for spending peaceful quality time with your loved ones.
Pathiramanal Island: Where Backwaters and Birds Define Beauty
Pathiramanal is one of the most popular islands of Kerala, located in the district of Allapuzha. Pathiramanal, meaning ‘Sands of the Night’, is a tiny island which stands out through its inimitable beauty. The backwaters of the island are adorned by the greenery surrounding it. But the actual striking feature of Pathiramanal is the rare and diverse variety of birds that it is home to. This is why the island is often referred to as a birdwatcher’s paradise. If you are into bird watching then, this is your haven that defines perfection. You will encounter various species of migratory birds here. Birds like Common Tea, Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Little Egret and Night Heron are the most frequently found varieties in the island. Though the island can be reached only via boat it is sure to make your trip more exciting.
Dharmadam Island: The Dominating Island of Kannur
As the title suggests, Dharmadhan Island is situated in the land of delicacies, Kannur. The island is quite unique compared to the other islands in Kerala. This island which spreads up to 2 hectares of land is embellished by greenery which is lent by dense green bushes and the coconut groves which embraces the island. This is why Dharmadan Island is also addressed as ‘Green Island’. One can also see large rocky ledges amidst the vast expanse of water. Nature lovers can totally count on this place. In order to reach the islands, you can take a boat from Moidu Bridge. Wading through the shallow side of the waters will be an excellent experience. To be on the safer side, make sure you leave the island once the tides get stronger.
Kuruvadweep Island: The Gem lying in the curves of Western Ghats
Kuruwadweep Island, also called Kuruwa Island, is one of the most serene islands of Kerala. This is the place where you can escape from the chaos of daily life and indulge in the goodness of Nature. The island is situated in the wild beauty of Wayanad. It is home to numerous endangered species of birds and even orchids. The emerald waters of Kuruwadweep is surrounded by thick vegetation comprising of rare varieties of flora and is encased by a dense canopy of trees. The Kerala Tourism Department has arranged all sorts of facilities for the travellers to explore the island to the fullest. You can avail rafts and fibre boats for trying out various tourist activities. This is one of the best spots for a family tour. There are many family travel packages to Kerala that includes Kuruwadweep Islands.
Munroe Island: An Emblem of Pristine Beauty
Situated in Kollam, Munroe Island is a flourishing tourist destination of Kerala. If you were to ask any Native about the best islands in Kerala, he/she would definitely add Munroe Island amongst the top three. Munroe Island is without a doubt, ‘a must-visit island’ of Kerala. From a bird’s eye view, the island resembles an enormous sparkling sapphire stone surrounded by tinier stones of emerald. The water is crystal clear and exudes the most beautiful shade of blue. The best time to visit Munroe Island is during the months of August and September, as this is the time when the 10-day festival, Onam is celebrated. During this period a lot of exciting activities like canal cruise and boat races are conducted on the island. The Kallada Boat Race conducted in Munroe Island is quite famous amongst the tourists.
Willingdon Island: A Calming Touch of the City
Situated in Kochi, Willingdon Island is one of the biggest man-made artificial islands in the state. A large section of the tourists is unaware of such an attraction lying in the outskirts of Kochin City. But the island is extremely popular among the natives and is a favourite hang-out spot. The backwaters flowing through the island makes it worth visiting. The island is connected to the mainland via a bridge. The closest railway station is the Ernakulam Railway Station which is barely a half-hour ride from Willingdon Island. So, next time you are in Kochi do ask your guide to drive you to the stunning Willingdon Island.