The Most Instagrammable Spots in Kerala

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Whether it’s the blissful backwaters, sun-kissed beaches, the soothing tea and spice plantations, rich art and culture, hamlets or the crowd-pleasing hill stations nearby, Kerala is brimming with places that are Instagram-friendly. So much, in fact, that ‘God’s Own Country’ can make an Instagrammer out of anyone. While all of Kerala is Instagram-worthy, here are some of the best spots in the area that are sure to be a hit on Instagram.

Tea plantations of Munnar

Hill Station

Munnar (also known as ‘the Kashmir of South India’) is a charming hill station with tea plantations and aromatic vegetations. It is a perfect place to taste different flavours of tea and witness the processing of tea.

Backwaters of Alleppey

Backwaters of Alleppey

Backwater is synonymous with Kerala, and the most popular spot to experience the backwaters of the region is Alleppey or Alappuzha (also known as the Venice of the East). Cruising along the labyrinthine pathways of palm-fringed waterways in a houseboat, expanding across villages, paddy fields and small chapels—this experience earns it a spot on this list. You can also see an array of birds along the path.

Alleppey, Kerala, India

Periyar National Park at Thekkady


Abundant natural beauty, rich biodiversity (tropical flora and fauna) and a picturesque setting make Periyar National Park a perfect spot to snap a photo or two.

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) at Eravikulam National Park


Neelakurinji (a shrub found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India) blooms once every 12 years, and visitors can catch this unique and rare view at the Eravikulam National Park.

Veli Lake and Tourist Village

Veli Lake and Tourist Village

Nestled approximately eight kilometres (4.9 miles) from Thiruvananthapuram, Veli Lake and Tourist Village is a perfect spot where you can paddle boat in the lake and enjoy Kerala’s backwaters and natural beauty.

Veli Lake and Tourist Village, Veli Road, Veli, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, +91 471 250 0785

Marari Beach

Marari Beach

Marari Beach, located 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) from Alappuzha town, is a favourite spot for peace and quiet, away from the bustling city vibe.

Marari Beach, Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam- Thoppumpady Rd, Mararikulam, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary

Nestled in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, the Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary (Kodanad Elephant Training Center) is an excellent spot where you can go on a safari or play with, pet and bathe elephants.

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary, Vallom Panamkuzhi Road, Kodanad, Kerala, India, +91 94479 79164

Be at one with nature at a tree house

Get up close and personal with nature by staying in a tree house in Thekkady, Wayanad, Munnar or Athirapally.

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Chembra Peak at Wayanad

Chembra Peak at Wayanad

Standing at the height of 2,100 metres (6,890 feet) above sea level, Chembra Peak is known for its trek and natural beauty, thus, making it an Instagrammable locale.

Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala, India

Chinese Fishing Net (Cheena Vala)


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Perhaps the most Instagrammed spot in Kerala is Chinese Fishing Net, a testament to the Chinese influence on Fort Cochin. These are huge spider-like structures with nets used for fishing in shallow waters.

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach

To add a dash of colour to your Instagram feed, Varkala Beach is an ideal spot. It is best known for its salty ocean water and the mineral water springs that carry healing powers.

Varkala Beach, Kerala, India

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica


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One of eight basilicas in Kerala, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, which dates back to the 16th century, is one of the finest churches. Two grand spires, Gothic-style architecture, life-size paintings inside and stained-glass windows make it worthy of an Instagram post.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

Nestled at the height of 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) on Ambukuthi mala, the Edakkal Caves comprises three caves, which all depict the tale of prehistoric civilisations that existed in the area.

Edakkal Caves, Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala, India, +91 94460 52134

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Spot a variety of migratory birds from across the world, such as Siberian cranes, egrets, waterfowl, ducks, and herons, while on a boat cruise. The diverse nature makes for a great photo op.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kavanattinkara Saktheeswaram Temple Road, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala, India, +91 481 252 5864

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

Full of palm groves lining the white sandy shores, Kovalam Beach is one of the best beaches in Kerala to watch the sunset, thus, giving the photographer and Instagrammer plenty of shots to feature on his or her feed.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala, India

Paradesi Synagogue (Cochin Jewish Synagogue)


Built by a Jewish trading community in 1568 AD, the Jewish Synagogue is a reminder of Kochi’s rich history.
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