I am sure God took some extra time to adore each place with extra beauty while he was creating Kerala. I mean, where else do you get to see such beauty gathered at one place, if not Kerala? The beautiful beaches along the coast of the Arabian sea, the blissful backwaters of Alleppey, the tranquil tea gardens of Munnar and the wonderful Western Ghats. All that nature could offer at a time, Kerala serves to you. It is for no reason that they call it the God’s own country, in fact, there are plenty of them to make you believe so.
Thing to do in Kerala
Hire a houseboat
Famous for its backwaters, Alleppey is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ for the experience that it has to give to its guests. Hire a local houseboat in Alleppey for a unique experience swaying in the backwaters surrounded by the utter beauty of water, hills and serenity of Kerala. Houseboats are both available for a day tour and as well for a night stay where you can make your stay amidst the water bodies of Alleppey.
A trip to the tea gardens of Munnar
Munnar is known for its endless aromatic fields of tea gardens. It is one of the most famous tea plantations in the world and as well accounts for a perfect romantic destination for the couples. You can take a tour of the tea plantations in Munnar, enjoy a freshly brewed cup of the Indian drink and as well make a stay amidst the tea estates of Munnar.
Explore the beaches
The long coastline of 550 km gives Kerala a number of beaches to boast off. It is full of unexplored and beautiful beaches that you can visit if you are a beach lover. Kovalam is a heaven for beaches and beach resorts. It has Marari beach, one of the cleanest beaches in India, Cherai and Varkala beach with the distinctive geographical features and many others overlooking the beauty of the Arabian sea.
Coffee plantations and wildlife exploration in Wayanad
A picturesque hill station settled in the hills of Western Ghats, it is known for its affinity of forests which caters a number of rare and endangered species, the hills followed by the mist of clouds, the pleasant weather and the tranquility of the lakes, Wayanad will fill you up with nature's vistas. An integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad wildlife reserve is the world heritage site. Home to elephants, gaurs, deer, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears, many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies, and birds, it an quite an experience to spend an adventurous day amid nature's paradise.
Apart from this, you can also take a tour of the Wayanad coffee plantations settled amidst the ranges of Western Ghats.
The elephant ride and spa at Thekkady
Located in the Thekkady district of Kerala, Periyar National Park is the most important reserve of Southern India as it is an important Tiger and Elephant habitat. The national park is famous for its elephant safari and that’s not all, you can also enjoy watching the elephants taking a spa in the park and if you like so, you can join them as well.
A wildlife safari in Periyar National Park
Rich in flora and fauna, the Periyar national park is a feast for all those who love nature and wildlife more than people. Enjoy a walk in the nature bliss which lies untouched by the human disturbances. Look out for the ambush of tigers and herd of elephants playing in the lake. It could be a sight that you will behold in your heart for a long time. The principal attraction of the nation remains the Periyar lake spread in the area of 25 sq km that surrounds the national park. This is where you can enjoy the elephants playing in the water or the tigers on the bank quenching their thirst.
Enjoy the beauty of waterfalls
Along with the beauty of western ghats and Arabian sea, you also get to witness the beauty of a number of a water cascades surrounded by the green trails of the forests. Athirappilly falls, Soochipara falls and Meenmutty waterfalls are few of the most famous waterfalls of Kerala where you can enjoy a short trek amidst the western ghats along with the beauty of natural cascades.
The cultural show
Kerala is full of extravagant culture that tourists love to indulge in. From the famous Kathakali dance show, which is considered as the soul of Kerala to the famous martial arts show of Kalaripayattu, Kerala has lot to offer you. The other forms of famous art in Kerala are Theyyam show, Kalari show and Thullal among others.
Trekking in Wayanad
Wayanad is the hub of trekking spots in Kerala with some of the most spectacular sceneries to offer. The trek to Chembra peak, the highest point of Wayanad is famous for its naturally formed heart-shaped lake. If you wish to behold the whole beauty of Wayanad from one spot, the Lakkidi trek is a must. Situated at an elevation of 700 m, it is considered as one of the highest peaks of Wayanad. Apart from that, you can go for Neelimala viewpoint and Eddakal caves.
Take an ayurvedic spa
Kerala is the hub of ayurvedic spas and rejuvenating centers which are famous all around the world for their unique and ayurvedic treatments, that's why Kerala is also called the Land of Ayurveda. Kovalam is full of the beach resorts and spa centers located in the vicinity surrounded by the serenity of tranquility of nature. where you can relax and rejuvenate.
How to reach?By Air:
The main airport of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is easily accessible from the main domestic airport and as well the International airports.
Other important airport of Kerala are Kochi airport and Calicut airport.
Cost of flight from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram airport: Starting from Rs 6,000*By rail:
The rail network to Kerala is well developed with the direct connectivity from the main cities of India. The distance from Delhi is 2,591 km and it will take you approximately 35-40 hours.
Best places to eat in KeralaPai Brothers, Kochi
If you crave for South Indian food, especially dosa then this is a paradise for you. They have 187 unique varieties of dosa to serve to their guests out of which 36 are copyright and their own invention. The restaurant is located in Kochi and is a popular eating joint of Kerala.Villa Maya, Thiruvananthapuram
An archaic hotel sprawled over three-storey 19th century building is not only famous for its architecture but for its food as well. They are famous for their authentic Kerala dishes, refreshing Indian grills and continental food.Bait, Kovalam
Located on the shores of Arabian Sea, you will love the ambiance of this place as much as you like the food. Owned by the Taj group of hotels, the quality and taste of the food can’t be doubted. The restaurant is famous for its seafood.Saravana Bhavan, Munnar
This southern food chain is famous not only in India but abroad as well. The place is famous for its vegetarian, especially the South Indian food. The food is served here on the banana leaves for the authenticity of the culture of Kerala.
Places to stay in KeralaForest Haven Resort, Munnar
Located amidst the vast expanse of spice plantations of Cardamom and surrounded by the beauty of Western Ghats, the resort is a perfect blend of luxury and natureRajdhani Houseboat, Alleppey
You cannot miss the experience of staying on a houseboat in Alleppey. The luxurious and fascinating houseboats on the backwaters of Alleppey promises an utterly romantic experience. The full cruise on the backwaters includes your accommodation, food and the beautiful vistas.Park International, Kovalam
With the view of the Kovalam beach, Park International is a perfect beach resort for you to spend your vacations amidst the natural beauty and luxury.Bluewater beach resort, Varkala
It is a private beach resort located amidst the palm and coconut trees on the shores of Arabian Sea. The small cottages in the vicinity of nature is a perfect destination for a tranquil stay.