Famous Cities in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram

Previously called ‘Trivandrum’, Thiruvananthapuram, literally the ‘City of Lord Ananta’, which is the capital city of the southern Indian state of Kerala, is the largest city of this state. Situated along the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea close to the extreme south of the mainland, this grand city, which was called by Mahatma Gandhi the ‘Evergreen City of India’, has the administrative headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram district. Erected on seven hills by the sea shore, this tremendous city, which is counted among the 10 greenest cities in India, is the best city in this state.


Being a destination for domestic and international tourists, this place offers several tourist attractions such as the Kowdiar Palace (entry restricted for common people), Napier Museum and Zoo, Kovalam Beach, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuthira Malika Palace, Neyyar Dam, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Gandhi Park in East Fort, and Kerala Science and Technology Museum.


Kochi

Kochi

Situated in the Ernakulam district in the southern Indian state of Kerala along the coast of the Arabian Sea, Kochi, formerly called ‘Cochin’, which is often known as ‘Ernakulam’ (referring to the mainland part of the city), is the 2nd largest city of this state. Lovingly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this large city, which has been the first of the European colonies in colonial India because of having been occupied by the Portuguese in 1503 A.D., ranks first in the total number of domestic and international tourists in Kerala.

The tourist attractions of this city include St. Francis CSI Church (oldest European church in India), Ernakulam Town Hall, Wonderla Amusement Park, Kochi International Marina (only marina in India), Jain Temple at Mattancherry, Santa Cruz Basilica at Fort Kochi (one of the eight Basilicas in India), Fort Kochi, Willington Island (largest artificial island in India), Darbar Hall Ground, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary.


Kochi

Kozhikode

Previously called ‘Calicut’, Kozhikode, which has the administrative headquarters of the Kozhikode district of the southern Indian state of Kerala, is the largest urban region in this state. Located along the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea, this large city, which is earnestly referred to as the ‘City of Spices’, the ‘City of Sculptures (Shilpa Nagaram)’, and the ‘City of Truth’, is home to several tourist attractions such as Pazhashi Raja Museum, English Church, Thali Subramanya Temple, Krishna Menon Museum, Kappad Beach, Valiyangadi Market (big bazaar), Kozhikode Beach, Mananchira Pond, Mavoor Road, Sweet Meat Street, Sarovaram Bio Park, Kuttichira Mosque, Tali Shiva Temple, the Beypore Sea Bridge, Mishkal Mosque, Thusharagiri Falls, Kirtads Museum, Vanasree Forest Complex, Regional Science Center and Planetarium, Panniyankara Bhagvati Temple, and CVN Kalari. Thus, it can be said that Kozhikode is counted among the most visited cities of Kerala, one of the most visited honeymoon destinations of India.


Kochi

Kollam

Formerly known as ‘Desinganadu’ and Quilon, Kollam, which has the administrative headquarters of the Kollam district of the southern Indian state of Kerala, is an old seaport and city on the Laccadive Sea coast. Located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake, it is the least polluted city in India.

During the tour of this grand city, tourists would get the chance of enjoying the numerous tourist attractions like Ashtamudi Lake, RP Mall, Kollam Beach, Thangasseri Lighthouse, Clock Tower in Chinnakada, Adventure Park, Asramam Picnic Village, Portuguese Cemetery, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum, Thangassery Beach, Thangassery Fort, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Backwaters, TKM Engineering College, Sree Narayana Guru College of Legal Studies, Azeezia Institute of Medical Science and Research, Kadappakada Sports Club, New cathedral in Tangasseri (Kollam), Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshetram, and Karunagappally Mosque. Here, you would also get the enjoyment of several events held here such as Kollam Fest, Paravur Puttingal Fireworks Competition.


Kochi

Thrissur

Originally ‘Thiru Siva Peroor’, Thrissur, which was formerly called ‘Trichur’, is home to the administrative headquarters of the Thrissur district of the southern Indian state of Kerala. Having been the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin, this city, which is fondly called the ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’, is home to several religious places.

During the tour of this cultural city, you would get the opportunity of enjoying numerous tourist attractions like the Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Archaeological Museum, Thrissur Zoo, St. Thomas College, Thrissur Town Hall, Mural Art Museum, Government Engineering College, Swaraj Maidan, the Kerala Sahitya Academy Building, the Our Lady of Lourdes Syro Malabar Catholic Basilica (highest church in Asia), Thrissur Kole Wetlands, the Ramavarmapuram Menhir, Thrissur Pooram, Vadakkunnathan Temple, and Puli Kali.

In this grand city, tourists would get the chance of visiting the Guruvayur Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu Vaishnava temples. Here, you would also explore the Vadakunnath Temple, one of the most significant temples of Hindu Shaivism.

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