Kerala, one of the favorite tourist destination is now emerging as a centre for shooting locations. Kerala most commonly known as ‘God’s Own Country’ has some unique and spectacular locations. Kerala a small beautiful land sandwiched between Arabian sea and Western ghat has golden tranquil beaches, serene backwaters, exotic hill stations, dense forests, mountains, rich variety of flora and fauna, fabulous waterfalls, majestic historical monuments and holistic shrines. Due to its perfect combination of scenic spots and historic monuments, Kerala has become the favorite shooting location of Bollywood, Hollywood and South Indian filmmakers.
Some of the popular Hindi films like Dil Se, Raavan, Guru, Bombay, Nishabd, Karthik Calling Karthik; Tamil films like Vinnaithandi Varuvaya, Muthu, Autograph and English films like Cotton Mary, Before the Rains and Terrorist are shot in the exotic locations of Kerala. Some important shooting locations in Kerala are :
The unique attraction of Kerala- the backwaters are a major shooting location. Kerala has a 900 km stretch of backwaters with palm groves and paddy fields on the banks which add an extra charm to the beauty of backwaters. Backwaters of Chettuva in Thrissur, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Valiyaparamba, Kuttanad etc are some famous backwater shooting spots.
Beaches are one of the major attraction in Kerala. The golden Sunny pristine beaches with gentle waves and tall coconut trees are a major attraction of this place. Beaches in Alleppey, Bekal, Payyambalam, Cherai, Kovalam, Meenkunnu, Muzhappilangad, Varkala are some important shooting spots in Kerala.
Kerala is the home to some of the best waterfalls in the world. Songs in movies like Raavan was shot in Kerala waterfalls. Some of the beautiful waterfalls in Kerala are major shooting locations. They include Palaruvi waterfalls, Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls etc.
Hills and Tea Plantations:
kerala, located on the western ghats have some of the most exotic hill stations of South India. The breathtaking beauty of undulated hills and mountains covered with the greenery of tea, coffee and spice plantations is a magnificent sight. The scenic beauty and serene ambiance of this places made it a favorite shooting location. Some of the famous shooting locations in hill stations are Mattupetty, Munnar, Nelliyampathy, Eravikulam National Park near Munnar, Top Station Munnar, Vythiri Hills wayanad, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam Wayanad, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady, Ranipuram Hills Kasargod, Vagamon Hills Idukki.
Historical monuments in Kerala are important shooting locations. Kerala has many Colonial style buildings which were shot in many movies. Some of the important historical monuments famous as shooting locations are Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort, St Angelo fort, Thalassery Fort and the fort of Tipu Sultan.
Apart from these the pilgrim centres, many festivals and boat races in Kerala are included in so many films.