Top 5 Best Places to Live in Kerala, one of the Cleanest States in India

Kerala, a state with the highest literacy rate is also one of the cleanest states in India. The land of coconuts is bestowed with natural beauty that includes a vast network of rivers, lakes, backwaters and lagoons.

Also known as God’s own country, Kerala is a much sought-after destination for traditional Ayurvedic treatments. With a pleasant and favourable climate throughout the year, Kerala is an ideal place to live. Listed below are the best places in the state if you are looking to settle down with your family.


Kochi has been lucky enough to be featured as one of the most conducive places to live in a study conducted by the economics research firm Indicus Analytics. The study was based on six vital parameters including health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment.

Some of the positive aspects of this port city are

  • It is the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala
  • Well-equipped with social infrastructure coupled with road, metro rail, and water transport system.
  • The first 2 -tier city in India to operate a metro rail.
  • Kochi is the IT and Industrial hub of Kerala thanks to the state-of-the-art IT parks in the city. InfoPark Kakkanad, Smart City Kakkanad and the CSEZ at Kakkanad are some of the prominent IT Parks in the city. One of the largest and world-class shopping malls in India – the Lulu Mall is located in Kochi.
  • The port city boasts of excellent connectivity- where air, water and rail travel lines meet effortlessly.
  • Top-rated educational institutes in the fields of arts, science, engineering and technology that include the much famed CUSAT, Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Maharaja’s College in Kochi
  • Wide range of industries, Tourism, shipping, IT, BioTechnology. Kochi also has many small and medium-sized industries including power plants at Brahmapuram and Edayar
  • Kochi is a cosmopolitan city with many migrants from all parts of the country. The city has a population of highly skilled and educated people and offers excellent business prospects for entrepreneurs.
  • Pleasant Climate and offers a vibrant city life
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Trivandrum is the evergreen capital city of Kerala has been ranked in the topmost position list according to the ASICS – Annual Survey of India’s City Systems that monitors the quality of city life on the basis of many parameters that check the policies, institutions and institutional processes.


The better the ASICS ranking better the quality of life delivered to its citizens. These parameters include city administration, the political contribution of citizens, the financial capacity of the city, taxation, etc.

  • As it is the state capital, Trivandrum is home to many prominent government offices. Therefore people living in Trivandrum has an advantage of easy access to government offices, especially when it comes to matters that involve visiting the office of the secretariat.
  • Trivandrum is also home to Technopark located in Kazhakoottam that houses many IT industries. The city is well connected to a good network of road and rail transport. The Trivandrum Airport is located nearly 7 km from the city.


Calicut is the 3rd largest city after Kochi and Trivandrum. The city which is rich in history and culture has been undergoing exponential growth in the past years. The UL Cyber Park and the Government Cyber Park have upgraded the infrastructure aspects and elevated the status of the city as a prominent IT hub.

  • World-class and recognised institutes like IIM, NIT, Apollo Cradle are located in this city. Therefore it attracts many students and skilled professionals from all over the country.
  • Kozhikode has much to offer for tourists who visit the city. SM street with its array of tempting sweet shops, Mananchira Square, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode beach are a few tourist attractions.
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Thrissur is the cultural capital of Kerala is the land of the much-celebrated program that attracts a huge crowd from all over the country. The temple city houses numerous historical monuments and pilgrim centres.

  • The people of the city are famous for their good business acumen. Many leading clothing and food chains and jewellery outlets are based in Thrissur.
  • Thrissur railway station, Punkunnam railway station ad Ollur are the nearest railway stations. Thrissur lets you enjoy the advantage of being connected to its neighbouring places through an efficient transport system. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport within a 1 ½ hours’ driving distance.
  • The warm hospitality of the people is an added attraction for those who want to settle in the city. Sree Kerala Varma College, Vimala College and Jubilee Mission Medical College Hospital are some of the renowned educational institutions in the city.


Palakkad is a city that still maintains an old-world charm and greenery. It is also dubbed as the ‘Heritage city of Kerala’. Palakkad is home to many important projects of the government.


It is also chosen as the destination for India’s first Defence Industrial Park which would be built in Ottapalam. Palakkad houses many industrial development zones under the aegis of KINFRA.

  • Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar Festival, Kalpathy Festival, Swaralaya festival are annual festivals that draw a huge amount of crowd to the place.
  • Palakkad IIT, Victoria College, NSS College of Engineering Palakkad are recognised educational institutes in the city. The city has also witnessed many infrastructural developments enabling people to lead a comfortable and modern life.
  • Chandranagar, Pirayiri, Kottayi, Kozhinjampara, Vandithavalam and Puduppariyaram are some of the premium residential areas in Palakkad. Villas in Palakkad located at these locations are the best properties to own.
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Hope this article gave you a clear understanding of the best places in Kerala to live

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