A jewel in southern India, Kerala is a magnificent state with a rich biodiversity and a colourful coastal belt. Here are some of the best activities to indulge in Kerala;
1. Paradise in houseboat
Kerala boat house is the metaphor for the paradise on earth! Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey, while you embrace the serene clear blue skies and the lush green forests encompassing this picturesque city. If you are a bird-watching enthusiast, you can spot some diverse species of birds. Ensure you make prior reservations, to avoid last-minute hassles, as these places are swamped with tourists throughout the year.
Kannur is an old port city in Kochi, with a rich cultural heritage to embark on; Theyyam is a festival that celebrates the cultural history of this ancient city. The festival is a mix of dance and theatre, a must-watch for anyone new to Kerala. Ensure that this tourist attraction is a part of your special interest tours package.
3. Tea in Munnar
If you are considering trekking in Kerala as one of the must-do activities as a part of your travel itinerary, then Munnar is the best place! Munnar is the heartland of tea plantations; a visit to Munnar will give you an opportunity to taste some unique tea varieties. You can also visit the Kannan Devan Plantation Museum to witness the history of tea processing in Munnar. Munnar is surrounded by shops with varieties of tea to buy and taste.
4. Wildlife sanctuary
This is a must for nature lovers; the verdant forest of Thekkady is mesmerizing with an exquisite and diverse flora and fauna. You could easily spend a few days exploring Thekkady. From overnight camps to treehouses, Thekkady has a range of options to indulge in nature. While you are in Thekkady you can visit the nearby cities of Idukki and Kochi.
5. Gateway to Kerala
There is a wide assortment of places to visit in Kochi. This city was once an important trade hub in ancient India. A visit to Fort Kochi will transport you to a land that was once home to the Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and British. The influence of these trade relations reflects on the architectural marvel of this city. The Jewish synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Indo Portuguese Museum and Chinese fishing nets are some more places you can visit.
Muziris is another historically relevant port in Kerala with some culturally relevant architectures like mosques, synagogues and churches.
6. Temple Festivals
Visit the temple cities of Palakkad and Thrissur to witness some world-renowned temple festivals, temple festivals are a confluence of beautifully decked temples, chariots, and colourfully decorated elephants.
This ancient form of martial arts from Kerala is believed to be the base for many martial art forms, including Shaolin, the martial art form from China. So don’t forget to watch a Kalaripayattu performance when in Kerala, you will truly be mesmerized by the sheer beauty and agility of this ancient martial art.
8. Ayurvedic treatment & massages
Looking to unwind, and relax? Then take advantage of these special tour packages! Plan to visit one of the Ayurvedic spas in Kerala and indulge in a calming Ayurveda massage to loosen those tough knots or release the tension in your muscles. So let loose and let your mind drift away.
9. Snake boat race
Kerala is home to the world-renowned snake boat race. Visit the backwaters during the annual snake boat race festival and watch boats that are 130 feet long, being rowed by rowers in a bid to win the race. Each boat can accommodate hundreds of rowers and are a real feast to watch.
10. Mattancherry Palace
Love history? Then run through the pages of history with a visit to the Mattancherry Palace. The Mattancherry Palace dates back to 1557 and has witnessed several seasons of change in dynasties and conquests. The palace is riddled with ancient artefacts and murals that will leave you enthralled
So, what are you waiting for?! Book your next trip to Kerala and take your pick from these special interest tours.