Isn’t that the first term that pops in your head when someone talks of Kerala? Kerala’s backwaters and a stay in the rustic houseboat is a must experience. You could book your own private houseboat especially if you are travelling with your spouse. The houseboats are driven by a captain and the cook shall serve you with South Indian delicacies on board. They welcome you with a fruit platter and most houseboats also have arrangements for a music system that adds to the unique ambience. When the boats are anchored after the mesmerizing sunset, you could explore the village life nearby or indulge in a bucolic massage.
Munnar, situated at 1600m above sea level, is very popular for its hills, cool weather, winding lanes, andscenic beauty. Amidst this serene atmosphere, one witnesses lush green tea plantation all over the hills. A visit to the tea museum will introduce you to thehistoryof tea in India, different types of tea, their production, and beneficial ways of tea intake. You could buy various exotic aromatic oils and tea from here itself.
Athirapalli, Cheeyapara, Attukad, Chethalayam-all of these are scintillating cascades. Visit them, enjoy the placidity, the freshness and do click some amazing shots.
Isn’t it a great idea to see how our favourite‘elaichi’ is grown and how our favourite coffee is planted. Various spice plantations show you all of it and their guides help you understand the plantations. The shops here sell fresh and purely herbal edible and cosmetic products. The flower gardens in Kerala are a centre of attraction as they display numerous varieties of flowers that will make nature lovers gaze at them in awe. It is also a must stop for budding photographers who wish to try floral photography.
Kerala is a one-stop-shop for all sorts of shopaholics! On the one hand, it is famous for absolutely reasonable Kerala Cotton saris and Malabar style traditional gold and on the other hand you could shop for coral handicrafts and cheap souvenirs to gift back home. The black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, bayleaves, cloves and asafoetida are a must buy for the matchless odour and taste they render to Indian cuisine. One will surely be able to see the difference in the spices sold there.
Elephants are an integral part of the state. A ride on the king is thus mandatory. You can hire the photographers here who will give you the soft copy of the pictures of your royal ride. You could also play with the elephants, feed them, bathe with them, pamper them and they will love you back!
The Kovalam Beach is quite popular here. For a different experience, you could opt for a steam boat ride through mangroves to Poovar beach down at the southern tip of Trivandrum where cottages standing in water will take your breath away. The traditional snake boat race ‘vallam kali’ during autumn is a spectacular sight.
Camping as well as staying in forest properties instead of the hotels is a growing craze these days.
When in Kerala, the traditional Kathakali dance deserves a watch-the dazzling dresses, the vivid colours, mind-boggling eye and hand movements will surely enchant you. Kalaripayattu is a traditional art of defence of the people of Kerala. Their stunts, stamina, dedication and use of indigenous weapons will amaze you.
A famous temple of the RecliningVishnu attracts many devotees.
Lose yourself in an ayurvedicSirodhara, Potli massage , Sirovastior Panchkar machikitsa – all of which take away all your stress, weakness and exhaustion-soothing your body and mind.
Gorge on authentic and absolutely reasonable food in Kerala. Don’t limit yourself to idlis and dosas-try appam, puttu and erissery (veg) or fish curry, prawn curry and Kerala style chicken fry (nonveg). Kerala is truly God’s own country and has something to offer to every traveler. It’s pristine beauty and peace would bestow upon you memories of a lifetime!