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A place doesn’t just get called ‘God’s own country’ for nothing. Kerala has earned its sobriquet after consistently featuring on the list of the most stunning places on earth and especially in India. Known for its spectacular and serene backwaters, its green rolling hills and tea plantations and its ever-so-charming people, Kerala is true-blue Indian holiday delight in every sense of the term. While every place in Kerala is worth every penny you spend to enjoy a vacation there, some places are off the beaten path and have stayed unspoiled even with so many tourists visiting Kerala all year round, year after year! Also Read - SSC GD Constable Recruitment 2021: Apply Now For 2847 Vacancies For Women Candidates. Eligibility And Other Details Here

Here are five such amazing offbeat destinations of Kerala you must not miss if you want to stray away from the cliches. Also Read - India at Tokyo Olympics 2021 Highlights, Day 11: Kamalpreet Kaur Finishes 6th; Women's Hockey Team Makes Historic Semis on Memorable Monday

1. Ashtamudi lake


Part of the scenic Kollam backwaters, Ashtamudi lake is actually known as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. It is the second deepest lake in Kerala and is known for its octopus-shaped body. Dotted with beautiful palm groves and coconut trees, Ashtamudi makes for a serene and rejuvenating getaway.

2. Cherai beach


Just 30 km away from the Cochin International airport is the lovely Cherai beach. Surrounded by paddy fields and coconut groves, the beach is extremely scenic and ideal for a swim. Occasionally, you can also spot dolphins here. Visit Cherai for some undisturbed beach time with fresh air and pleasant views.

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3. Vembanad


The deepest lake in Kerala  and the longest in India, Vembanad is a relatively lesser explored despite being one of the finest places in south India. Enjoy the serene ambiance and beautiful views here. The Kumarakom tourist village is nearby where you can witness some amazing boat races and even live in a houseboat.

4. Nelliyampathi


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A stunning hill station near Palakkad in Kerala, Nelliampathi is known for its greenery on account of the tea and coffee plantations here. The scenic but adventurous route from Nenmara full of hair-pin bends gets you to Nelliyampathi through the picturesque Pothundy dam. As you swim with the clouds overhead, the weather and views provide the perfect ambiance for a dreamy holiday.

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5. Chembra peak


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The highest peak in Wayand, Chembra peak is a delight for trekkers and nature lovers. As beautiful as the rest of the Western Ghats that it is  part of, the Chembra peak makes the three-hour trek totally worth the effort. Not only can you view the whole of Wayand from this peak, you can also catch a glimpse of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts.