Kerala, also known as the God’s Own Country, is one of the exceptionally enticing tourist destinations to behold. The extremely beautiful landscape of Kerala is surrounded by plenty of awe-inspiring sites, which add a new quill to the travel tale of south India. Be it an exotic hamlet, knolls or backwaters, the travel recipe of Kerala is equally arresting for weekenders, vacationers, honeymooners, photographers, nature lover and adventure buffs. The moment you step into the God’s Own Country, all other things seem trifling. So, if you make it to Kerala, here come some amazing things that you must do/see and include in your travel plan:
Just imagine a floating house in the midst of animated water. To turn this imagination into reality, you must experience the spectacular house boating in Alleppey, Kerala. There are several service providers and tourist operators that bring such amazing house boating opportunities for visitors. Spending some tranquil moments of your life looking at the spellbound environs through the backwaters is one of the amazing things to do in Kerala. Well, the fascinating ride is not limited to offer you some picturesque vistas. On the contrary, the boat also put up the entire family offering a blend of scrumptious breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks. One more similar exciting thing that can be thoroughly enjoyed in Kerala is Shikara rides. The best location to enjoy this blissful ride is in Alappuzha. Shikara rides offer you some picturesque panoramas of tall stand coconut trees, rich variety of birds and stunning view of the village life. When in Kerala, make sure to take a sheer glee from the house boating and Shikara rides. Leaving Kerala without experiencing these exciting things cannot compensate your other travel fun at God’s Own Country.
Tree house Stay
Next amazing thing that you must do in Kerala is staying in a tree house. Places like Thekkady, Munnar and Wayanad boasts many such mesmerising houses atop trees. Staying in a tree house in the midst of dense woods leaves you completely spellbound. Located far away from city’s hustle-bustle, tree house stay allows a visitors to get close to the nature. Gentle breeze, tranquil ambiance and whistling birds, nothing could be more soothing than this. Besides staying in a tree house, you can also engage in practising some rousing activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling.
Kerala is laid out with some sensational attractions, and Theyyam is undoubtedly one of them. Watching Theyyam in Kerala glimpse you the rich tradition of the place. Kannur and Kasargod are two important locations in Kerala where this spectacular dance form can be witnessed. In addition, Theyyam dance is also organised in front of the some village temples in North Kerala and Kochi museum. However, to watch Theyyam dance in Kerala, tourists should keep a tab on the dates prior to such events.
Located nearly 3 hours from Kochi, Kumarakom Bird Sanctury is a must visit in Kerala. If you are a bird lover, Kumarakom may be the place for you. This place is an absolute delight for birding. An array of Siberian crane, waterfowl, heron and many other migratory birds may leave you completely enthralled in this amazing bird sanctuary. The best way to rejoice the actual splendour of bird watching is from the houseboat near Vembanad Lake. Plenty of travellers flock Kumarakom to witness this amazing blend of migratory birds. November to February is the idyllic time for visitors to emerge the best out of the place.
You might have watched different sizes of elephants on Television, Internet, in zoo or sometime may be walking across the road. But, have you ever thought of feeding or bathing an elephant? Doesn’t it sound astounding? Nestled in less than 3 hours distance from Kerala, Kodanad is one such destination where you may engage into some exhilarating activities like elephant bathing and elephant feeding. In addition, exploring the foliage through elephant safari may compel you to fall in an affair with elephant and the place.
Spirit of village life
It is said that true essence of a place can be felt at the village. If you want to take pleasure from the true spirit of a village life, you must visit Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village, Kerala. Starting from paddy cultivation, farming activities, angling to simple lifestyle of villagers, the place gives a complete and authentic rustic life experience. For overnight stay, several affordable homestays are also available around the village. While exploring the village, you may also get into a conversation with the farmers or local inhabitants. This will help you to know many unknown fats about the place, people, their lifestyles and cultures.
Snake boat race
Kerala is known for its rich culture and spiritual significances. Snake Boat race is one more quill to the cultural affluence of this place. Snake Boat race is a popular activity, which is held from the month of July to September. If you happen to be there during the auspicious Onam festival, Snake Boat racing can best be explored. Visitors travel from different parts of the world to witness this electrifying Snake Boat race in Alappuzha. During snake boat racing, tourist can also hire a boat for a closer view of the race. Hence, watching snake boat racing is certainly one of the amazing things to do while touring Kerala.
Jeep riding amidst the Jungle
Group of buddies, HD camera and a thrilling Jeep safari in the arm of dense afforest. How would you figurate this experience? Well, it may consume few moments of yours to depict this exciting tale under single caption. Located around 190kms from Kochi, Thekkady is a popular site for offering you such enticing Jeep ride in the jungle. Dotted by lush bush, endangered flora and aquatic life, Thekkady is must visit place in Kerala to emerge out your audacious persona. Places are also there around Thekkady where you may enrich your excitement with an overnight camp in the tree house or in a camp.
For a true biker, the twisting streets are best enjoyed on two wheels. If you are in Kerala to experience some rousing rides on bike, make it to Idukki. This is one of the best places for bike riding. You may kick-off your ride from Kottayam and ride up to Idukki. Blend of thrilling routes and natural abundance will add more spice to adventurous ride in Kerala.
Amazing sunset view
After a daylong outing in the God’s Own Country, it’s time now to catch a glimpse of amazing sunset. Hilltops and beaches are two common places where tourists flock for an amazing sunset view. If you are also waiting for this magnificent moment, look no further than Kovalam Beach. Located nearly 17Kms from Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam Beach is the leading attraction for amazing sunset view. Apart from Kovalam Beach, you may also explore some other adjoining beaches like Samudra beach, Lighthouse beach and Hawah beach.
If you regret for not being able to watch the majestic Niagara Falls in Canada, the 80 ft. high Athirapally falls in Kerala is all set to back this regret to a great extent. Located nearly 56Kms from Kochi International Airport, Athirapally falls is renowned as Niagara Falls of India. The best time to watch Athirapally falls is from June to September when monsoon hits the region. Intense rainfalls turn the waterfalls liver in monsoon. The roaring flow of water from 80 ft elevation leaves you completely awe-inspiring. So, this is undoubtedly one more amazing place to visit in Kerala.
These are the eleven amazing places/things that you must see/do while travelling to Kerala. However, the beauty of Kerala can’t be confined to the above cited locations. Starting from Ayurveda treatment, shopping to eating, there are lot many other activities as well that you can thoroughly enjoy during your stay in Kerala. Let’s leave some other attractions of God’s Own Country for our next post.
How to go
Exotic beaches and palm-fringed backwaters pull plenty of visitors to Kerala from various parts of the sphere. Hence, reaching there is quite convenient for travellers by the following means of transport:
By Air: Availability of three major airports (Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi) makes this destination easily accessible for air travellers. These airports are in good touch with domestic and international destinations. From airport, you can hire a cab or a taxi to travel further.
By Train: Thanks to 200 big and small railway stations in and around Kerala for connecting the state to all major cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Amongst many, some of the major railway stations in the state include Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kollam, and Kozhikode. There are many express carriers like Rajdhani and Duronto along with several passenger trains that regularly ply between Kerala and other major cities. From these railway stations, you may take a bus or hire a cab to commute further in the city.
By Road: Like railways and airways, the road connectivity to Kerala is equally convenient. Availability of NH 17, 47 and 49, connects the city with some of its neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Regular private and public transpiration can easily be availed from these locations to reach Kerala quite conveniently.
By Sea: This is one more addition to the mode of transportation to reach Kerala. Regular ship services are there that run from Kochi and travel towards Lakshadweep Islands. Besides, availability of speed-boats, ferry and houseboat has also gained sound popularity in the field of internal water transport systems in the state of Kerala.
Places to stay in Kerala:
The beautiful state of Kerala is visited by ample of travellers from all over the world. Hence, number of luxurious and budget hotels, guest houses and resorts are set up here from time-to-time. In Kerala, there are plenty of cities and tourists destinations. Depending upon the city where you stay and type of hotel and amenities you avail, the charges may vary from one to all. However, one can easily get a decent hotel in Kerala from the price range of INR 750 to INR 3500 and more.
Some of the comfortable accommodations are recommended here for you:
N.H 47, Near Iron Bridge,
Alappuzha, Alleppey, India 688001
#Kadavil Lakeshore Resort
Kayalchira, Kainakary, Kerala,
Alleppey, India 688501
#The Ruby Arena
Kumarapuram Road, Medical College
P.O Thiruvananthapuram, India 695011
Kochi Madurai National Highway 49, Kambiline,
Anaviratty, P.O. Munnar, India 685561
#The Quilon Beach Hotel
Beach Road, Kollam,
#Le villagio Holiday Apartment
Dhottappankulam, Sulthan Bathery,
Wayanad , Kerala, Wayanad, India 673592
Nadukani, Kulamavu Po, Idukki,
Kerala, India 685601
Park Residency,Paracode, Adoor,
Pathanamthitta (Dist.), Kerala
So, if you are planning your next trip to Kerala, make sure to do the above cited amazing things. Kerala is one of the worth visiting destinations in India. The scenic beauty and rich tradition of God’s Own Country is just a plan away to witness your footfall.