Kerala has rightly been hailed as ‘God’s own country.’ With pristine beaches, sun and sand, forts, lighthouses and strands of coconut trees standing tall around the backwaters, Kerala is nothing short of paradise on earth.
In fact, a matter of pride for India is that National Geographic has selected Kerala as one of the thirteen paradises that one can find on this earth.
It is a state located on the Malabar Coast of South India, and it is a seat of multiple cultures, traditions and tourism demands, due to which it remains as one of the favourites of both the national and international travellers.
Apart from the much-known backwaters and hill-stations, Kerala also boasts of ‘Ayurvedic’ villages as an integral part of its tourism plan.
Throngs of tourists travel to Kerala all throughout the year. While the summers last from March to May and are a little bit humid, Monsoons offer tourists a breath of fresh air with rains and mouthwatering local delicacies.
This is the best time to go for ayurvedic treatments.
Top 5 reasons to visit Kerala for your next holiday
Discover the grand paradise with backwaters and beaches:
If you have been dreaming about a beach vacation in India, then Kerala can be your ideal destination.
There are many beautiful beaches like Kovalam Beach, Marari Beach, Kappad, Varkala, and the Alappuzha Beach all of which are exotic locations for relaxation and for quality photography.
You can enjoy ayurvedic massages in many of the beach resorts and tickle your taste buds with the local delicacies. You can visit these beaches from September to March, as the weather remains pleasant during this time, and you can simply relax on a cabana on beach-side, sip sweet coconut water while time moves on.
The Marari Beach is an ideal spot for swimming, exotic water sports, sunset view and also for fishing. In addition to these, you can also make a separate tour of the associated fishing villages here. The saltwater lagoons called backwaters lie adjacent to the Arabian Sea, and these are homes to many migratory birds like terns, kingfishers, and darters.
Along with the beaches, you can also take a boat ride across the backwaters, or else, hire a houseboat for your stay in Kerala. Regular ferry services on both sides of the famous backwaters in Kerala make travelling fun for the tourists.
Pump up the adventurous spirit in you by visiting the Kerala wildlife sanctuaries:
Kerala boasts of not just a landscape filled with untarnished stretches of greenery dotted by azure blue oceans, but it also kindles the adventure lust in you.
Thousands of national and international tourists enjoy the Kerala wildlife sanctuary tour when they visit ‘God’s own country’.
The Western Ghats are marked by thick foliage of deciduous trees, tropical evergreen, and evergreen forest covers. You can go for a family vacation to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary from November to April.
It is an ideal wildlife destination for bird-watching, rafting, boating, and elephant ride. To make your journey more adventurous, Kerala also has the Neyyar sanctuary, the Mathikettan Shola National Park, Begur, and the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary to offer a palette of green-life to the tourists.
In most of the wildlife parks, apart from Bison, elephants and different varieties of birds, you can also find rare varieties of squirrels, snakes and even orchids and flowers.
There are watch towers inside many of the sanctuaries from where you can spot the animals, take photos, and in winters, with prior permission you can also set up camps within the reserves.
Tea and spice plantations in Kerala: Give a new life to your morning cup of tea
Tea and spice plantation tours are yet another attraction of Kerala. Munnar in Kerala is one of the finest places, which resembles an elongated stretch of green carpet. You can visit the Tate Tea Museum and enjoy the entire tea-manufacturing process, along with enjoying a cup of Munnar tea.
You can also buy tea boxes and tea bags from these plantations and take them as gifts for your friends and relatives. The Chinnakanal tea plantations are yet another destination in Kerala, which takes you close to sublime nature.
If it is a clear sky, you can get up early in the morning and take a jeep ride all around the tea plantation. Kerala tourism has also received much boost in the last few years, due to its spice plantation tours.
Foreign tourists flock to Munnar and Thekkady spice plantations, to know more about the oriental heritage and history of South India. In these spice plantation tours, you can discover the process of spice growth, spice filtering and also what the different varieties of herbs and spices are.
Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg are different spices that you can find here. The aroma and flavour of these spices lend a distinct flavour and taste to Indian cuisine.
Rejuvenate your tired soul: Visit the hill stations in Kerala
When we are really talking about an exclusive Kerala tour package, we can never forget the hills in Kerala. The Kerala hills are a soothing balm to your tired eyes.
There are more than 15-18 large-scale hill stations in Kerala, which attract tourists all the year round. Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Idukki,
Peermedu, Mattupetty, Malampuzha, Gavi, Athirapally and Malayattur are just a few to name in this category. These beautiful locales have also drawn a huge response from film-makers in India, for ideal cinematic spots.
Munnar is one of the most famous among these. It is like a green carpet on the surface of this earth, and it boasts of a place called the Top Station, where the Nilkurinji, a special flower blooms after every 12 years.
In Vagamon, you will find yourself nestled amidst serene nature, away from a hectic and bustling city life. You can see the waterfalls, go for trekking and hiking, or simply enjoy the sunset from your hill camp when you visit places like Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Idukki, Peermedu, and Mattupetty.
Ponmudi houses the famous green valley and the Meenmutti Falls. Idukki has the arch dam and the Keezar Kuthu Waterfall which are a must-watch on a trip to Kerala.
Try out Kerala’s authentic cuisine and participate in several cultural shows:
Kerala is also known for some of the most exquisite dishes that you will find to be good to look at and delicious to eat. With assorted spices, herbs, coconuts, tamarinds and different types if concoctions, the food in Kerala turns out to be awesome and they will surely make your appetite want some more.
You can try out the fish Molee (a spicy yellow fish curry with thick coconut gravy), the traditional vegetarian meal of Kerala served on a long banana leaf, or else, you can also pick and choose different types of coconut and jaggery sweets to be taken to your home.
Generally most of the 5-star and the 7-star resorts arrange for several cultural programs as part of their hospitality,
but you can also plan to visit some of the concert and dance halls to have a glimpse of an authentic culture of Kerala. The Kathakali is one of the most amazing Indian classical dances and the oldest dance forms of Kerala.
You can also watch the Theyyam, which is a traditional method of worship with an intricate ritualistic procedure.
It is generally followed in many of the northern districts of Kerala. For this performance, an individual dresses up like a deity who is to be worshipped on that day. The man or woman is seen as the manifestation of that deity.
These are some of the best reasons why Kerala can be your chosen destination for the next holiday. Over the last few years,
Kerala tourism has been one of the most influential components in adding to the economic value of South India.
Tea and tourism remain to be two of the most important components which have become the talk of the tourism industry in Kerala.
In fact, Kerala can be called one of the melting pots of diverse culture and tradition, offering tourists plenty ranging from mountains to beaches, wildlife parks and tea and spice plantation tours.
There are different national and international airways that passengers can avail for travelling to Kerala. Apart from the scorching summers from March to early April, the tourists can enjoy travelling to Kerala.
The monsoons are a great time to enjoy lush greenery and the carpet of tea plantations in Munnar and other associated areas. The winters, however, remain the most favourable time for the tourists where they can enjoy both the hills and the mountains in Kerala.
Kerala sight-seeing is also made easy with luxury cars and buses which ply to and from all major locations with best India tour operators. There are medium budget and luxury hotels with 5 or 7-star ratings and you can also choose to avail homestays
if you want to add a more adventurous streak to your holiday mood. So now, it is high time that you pack your bags and fly to Kerala. Happy journey!