Kerala – God’s Own Country
Kerala is a spectacular tourist destination located in the southwest part of India. It is a place which is famous for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters, houseboats, Ayurveda treatments, tea-cultivating mountains, coffee and spice plantations and so on. Situated between the Western Ghats of the East and the great Arabian Sea of the West, this tiny narrow state is so special for its natural wonders. It has a unique culture and geographical features.
There are many other things to do in Kerala such as staying at a traditional house consisting a nalukettu, tasting authentic Kerala dishes, walking around the green paddy fields at evening, eat bananas and so on. It always attracts national and international tourists to spend holidays on a heaven on the earth literally.
Amazing Things To Do In Kerala
There are a plenty of tourist attractions existing in Kerala. It would be confusing to choose a proper destination when there are numerous things to do on holidays. So we want to make it simple by giving some of the most entertaining things to do in Kerala.
1) Houseboats in Alleppey
Houseboats are slow moving barges which offer a comfortable stay as in a luxurious hotel. It consists of a cozy and furnished, bath attached bedrooms, a kitchen with a chef, an open living area, a balcony and so on. It would be an interesting boat trip through the lush green palm-fringed backwaters.
Continental, as well as authentic Kerala dishes, are available in the kitchen. The seafood they provide is cooked with the fresh fish caught from the same backwaters. The highlight of the houseboat is that it is completely made of natural products such as cots made from coconut wood, roofs made of sticks and wood of areca nut tree, coir mats for flooring and so on.
2) Watch the neelakurinji bloom in Munnar
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthianus) is a flower which blooms once in 12 years. It will be a mindblowing scene that the hills of Munnar are filled with blue flowers all over. It used to happen during the period between the month of August and October.
Munnar is always a fascinating tourist destination in other seasons also because of its natural beauty. There are many hotels and homestays located in Munnar. It would be a suitable place for a wholesome holiday experience.
3) Bathe an elephant in Kodanadu
Kodanadu elephant training centre is a perfect place for animal lovers to spend a day. Elephants have the most important position in the major festivals in Kerala. So it is necessary to provide them good care and other provisions. Kodanadu elephant training centre is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala where elephants are properly groomed. The visitors can also bathe the elephants which would be a memorable experience for elephant lovers.
4) Watch Snake Boat Racing
It is a traditional boat racing held in the Punnamada backwaters in Alleppey, Kerala. This annual boat racing is known as Nehru Trophy Vallamkali. Snake boats or Chundan Vallam are canoe type boats in which a hundred players can sit and paddle. The length of the boat is approximately 100 to 120 feet. Each team who are participating in this race has to spend 6 lakhs rupees for this.
Watching this kind of boat racing with the most enthusiastic gallery is a unique experience for the tourists. They also get a chance to participate in the race along with the other players. Other types of boats which participate in the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Callam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam, Vadakkanody Vallam, and Kochu Vallam.
5) Watch Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur Pooram is one of the major festivals in Kerala held in the cultural capital city Thrissur. It is an annual Hindu temple festival. The amazing display of fireworks in the Thekkinkadu Maidan in the heart of the Thrissur city is the main attraction here. Along with that, there is Kudamattam and Elanjithara melam also. Elanjithara melam is so interesting especially for tourists from abroad to indulge in the rhythm it makes with special hand movements.
6) A Beach Day
Imagine a day spent swimming and surfing in the Arabian Sea. Varkala Beach is one of the most sensational beaches in the world. Beautiful landscape, brown sand, sunset views and the stunning view of the sea make this beach a major tourist attraction in Kerala.
It is a perfect place for beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing, surfing, parasailing, etc. The beach has a calm and quiet surrounding. It is also called ‘Papanasam beach’ based on the belief that taking bath here will wash all our sins away. There are spa, ayurvedic treatment, physiotherapy centres, seafood restaurants close to the beach.
7) Take Bath In the Niagra of India
Athirappilly Waterfalls, one of nature’s most relaxing places, is located in Athirappilly, near Chalakudy town in Thrissur district. It is one of the largest falls in Kerala as it is falling from a height of 80 feet. So it is nicknamed “the Niagra of India”.
The passengers can visit this scenic place in any season during the year because it never dries out. They take a long cold water bath in the waterfalls to refresh their mind and body. Bird watching is also possible here. It is a perfect place to capture the untouched beauty of nature as it is a picturesque combination of forests and streams.
8) Take a Jeep Ride Through the Forest
It would be an amazing experience for the travellers to take a cool jeep ride through the lush green jungle. As it is a forest area, the ride will be adventurous, but safe. The best time to enjoy the beauty of nature and explore the forest is early in the morning. The safari covers thick forest, waterfalls, spice plantation etc. You could get a glance of the wildlife inside the forest if you are lucky.
9) Watch Kathakali
Kathakali is an ancient classical dance performance which requires approximately ten years of practice. It is an admiring performance by skilled artists with heavy makeup and costumes. It is a story play based on Hindu mythology. The fully developed form of Kathakali originated around the 17th century. This performance is a combination of music, vocal performers, choreography, hand movements and facial gestures.
10) A day Out Around the City of Cochin
Kochi is a beautiful city consisting of major tourist attractions. The Silk Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St.Francisco church, St.Mary’s Basilica, and Mattancherry Palace are showing the marvellous ancient architecture of the port city of Cochin. The famous Chinese fishing nets is a must to visit. Its elegant construction is photogenic. It is so interesting to watch the slow movements of the nets to catch the fish. It is possible to take part in catching the fish and there are street chefs available to cook immediately.
As mentioned earlier, a vacation in this South Indian state will be a lifetime journey. The things to do while you are in Kerala will be unforgettable ones in your whole life. As it is the most literate state in India, the people of this state are so good and welcoming the tourists from any other state or country. The National Geographic Traveller named Kerala as one of the ten paradises of the world.