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21 Short Hikes to explore in Kerala

Kerala

Kerala, known by the tagline “God’s Own Country” is a coastal state in the south western region of India. The state is bordered by a number of beaches in the west, covered by hills of Western Ghats on the east, and filled with backwaters. #GodsOwnCountry

Abhayaranyam
AbhayaranyamAbhayaranyam, Near post Office, Kodanad, Dist. Eranakulam, Kaprikad, Kerala 683544, India

The mini zoo housing elephants and deers.

Anachadikuth Waterfalls
Anachadikuth WaterfallsThommankuthu Road, Idukki, Thodupuzha, Thommankuthu, Kerala 685581, India

It is a lesser-known waterfall situated in the Idukki district. With the low depth and low rush of water, it is one of the safest waterfalls in Kerala.

Calvari Mount View Point
Calvari Mount View PointThodupuzha - Puliyanmala Rd, Ayyappancoil, Kerala 685602, India

Soak in the views of Idukki Reservoir, the Western Ghat Mountains, and tribal villages.

Cheruthoni Dam
Cheruthoni DamUnnamed Road,, Idukki Twp, Kerala 685602, India

Third highest concrete gravity dam in India which is 138 metre tall and is constructed as a part of Idukki hydroelectric project along with the two other dams at Idukki and Kulamavu. One of the main Picnic spot and viewpoint in Idukki

Christ the Redeemer statue Thabore (Lord Jesus in Thabore hill top)
Christ the Redeemer statue Thabore (Lord Jesus in Thabore hill top)Thabore - Kottathalachi Road, top, Tabore, Kerala 670511, India

A large sculpture of Christ the Redeemer on top of a hill, overlooking valleys and mountain ranges below. About 2 kilometers of hiking(one side) is required to reach the place. Especially popular for sunset views.

Ezharakund Waterfalls
Ezharakund WaterfallsKudiyanmala Pottenplave Rd, Pottenplave, Vellad, Kerala 670582, India

Located near to the famous Paithalmala of Kannur, Ezharakund Waterfalls consists of a series of waterfalls along a stream, with rocky pits of varying sizes and depths underneath every fall. A hike along the stream give visitors access to all the falls, and pools for swimming.

Idukki Dam
Idukki DamCheruthony, Idukki Twp, Kerala 685602, India

One of the highest arch dams in Asia.This double curvature arch dam is constructed between two hills locally known as Kuravan and Kurathy.

Illikkal Kallu
Illikkal KalluKottayam, Kerala 686652, India

Illikkal Kallu (Illikkal Rock) is a large rock located 900 meters above the sea level on Illikkal Mala (Illikkal Mountain) in the Western Ghats. The rock is peculiar for its view, with half of it fallen down years ago and the remaining half still standing tall intimidating and fascinating its visitors. The beauty of the landscape is comparable to that of the popular Pillar Rocks at Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

Kanayi kanam
Kanayi kanamKannur, Kerala 670307, India

A small stream with several small waterfalls flowing through thick vegetation. The stream has several small pools that are filled with fishes.

Kanthalloor Waterfalls
Kanthalloor WaterfallsKanthalloor - Marayoor Rd, Kerala 685620, India

20 meters high waterfall set in the wilderness overlooking view towards open valleys. You can shower underneath the falls if you are willing to fight the coldness of the waters.

Kattikkayam Waterfalls
Kattikkayam WaterfallsPazhukkakanam Rd, Poonjar Vadakkekara, Kerala 686652, India

A short hike, a flight of steps, and then swim under the well-hidden Kattikkayam waterfall.

Keralam Kundu Waterfalls.
Keralam Kundu Waterfalls.Manjalam Chola Rd, Kerala 676523, India

The water gushes down over 45 meters to fall into a huge rocky pit which was formed over many centuries by water falling over it.

Kumbalanghi Village
Kumbalanghi VillageKallanchery Rd, North Kumbalangi, Kumbalangi, Kochi, Kerala 682007, India

A quiet island village known for rural tourism activities. You can see Chinese fishing nets, explore its mangrove forests, and take boat trips along the surrounding backwaters.

Meenmutty Waterfalls- Thiruvananthapuram
Meenmutty Waterfalls- ThiruvananthapuramKallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala 695551, India

The 30 meters tall waterfall accessed by a hike through dense tropical forest.

Paniyeli Poru Rapids
Paniyeli Poru RapidsNjayappilly, Paniyeli, Kerala 686681, India

Located in the Periyar river, the water here is forced to flow through narrow crevices in large rocks creating a turbulent water flow. The turbulence cant be seen from the surface.

Pathiramanal Island
Pathiramanal IslandPathiramanal Island, Muhamma, Kerala 688555

A lush green island in the middle of a lake, home to many species of birds.

Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi Hill StationPonmudi Hill Station, Ponmudi, Kerala 695563

The golden peaks of Ponmudi with its year-round cool climate and amazing scenery.

Ramakkalmedu view point
Ramakkalmedu view pointRamakkalmedu - Cumbummettu Rd, Ramakkalmedu, Kerala 685552, India

Hillstation and a Hamlet. Noted for its panoramic beauty and numerous windmills and a historical site with a monument of Kuravan and Kurathi

Seetharkundu Viewpoint
Seetharkundu ViewpointSeetharkundu Viewpoint Path, Sitargundu Estate, Kollengode South, Kerala 678508, India

Views of mountain ridges, plains with paddy fields, and of a mighty waterfall and a dam

Thirunetti Kallu
Thirunetti KalluKannur, Kerala 670571, India

A mountain peak with tall rocks that resembles a forehead. A short trek of 2 kilometers takes you to amazing views of wavy Western Ghat mountains.

Map of Short Hikes to explore in Kerala