Top 8 Things To Do In Kerala

Kerala, also known as ‘God’s Own Country is a gorgeous South Indian State located on the Malabar Coast of India. Kerala has long coastlines, mesmerizing hills, vast brackish lagoons called backwaters, lush green tea gardens, fragrant spice plantations, amusing ancient monuments, palm-tree-lined beaches, and much more to offer.

Here are a few things you should not miss out on when you visit Kerala.

1. Meander Through The Backwaters

Kerala backwaters are a labyrinth of lagoons interconnected with each other. Arguably backwaters form the best tourist spot in Kerala.

Cruising through the backwaters on a houseboat is one of the best experiences you can ever have in Kerala. While you cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey or Kollam, you will be bewildered to see the exotic birdlife, lush green ecosystem, and interesting local life.

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2. Visit The Tea Plantations Of Munnar

You should not miss out on the ‘Kashmir of South India,’ Munnar. Famous for its unending rolling mountains with lush green tea plantations and cool climate, Munnar draws tourists throughout the year.

Here you will taste some of the finest and freshest tea. Munnar is also famous for its endemic species of sambar, Nilgiri That, and neelakuranji (a flower that blossoms only once in twelve years).

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Tree on hill with tea plantations, Munnar, Kerala state, India

3. Visit The Periyar Jungle

A walk through the Periyar Jungle should be added to your itinerary. Famous for its national park,  Periyar is home to Asian elephants, Royal Bengal tigers, sambar, gaur, Travancore flying squirrel, jungle cat, sloth bear, etc.

The enigmatic and enchanting forest is a perfect escape from the rat race of life.

Gaur (Indian bison) skull with horns
Gaur (Indian bison) skull with horns and bones in Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Kumily, Kerala, India

4. Visit The Enigmatic Fort Kochi

In the city of Kochi, Fort Kochi is famous for its Chinese fishing nets, old spice route, beautiful Portuguese churches, splendid colonial mansions. Make sure to visit Fort Kochi at sunset.

The sky looks like a canvas with a splurge of crimson, purple, and golden.  Fort Kochi is known to have a lot of eclectic architects to marvel at.

Sunset over Chinese Fishing nets
Sunset over Chinese Fishing nets and boats in Cochin (Kochi), Kerala, India.

5. Experience The Various Dance Forms Of The State

To experience the culture of Kerala, you must watch the famous Kathakali show. Kerala is the prime center for this incredible and colorful dance form.

A popular form of ritual and worship, Theyyam is a predominantly performed dance form staged in various temples of Kerala.

Kathakali
Kathakali – Kerala famous dance

6. Get Drenched In The Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, popularly also known as Athirapally Falls, is an ecstatic vision to watch. During the monsoons, the water flows with complete force and is enthralling to look at.

Waterfall

7. Visit Wayanad

Wayanad, or the land of paddy fields, is one of Kerala’s most beautiful and versatile places for a visit.

In Wayanad, stay in a treehouse and indulge in trekking, campfire, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, nature walks.

Wayanad has the Chembra Peak, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, and a few of the finest coffee plantations of the country.

Wild Indian Bison
Wild Indian Bison or Gaur (Bos gaurus) seen in the Wayanad Jungle, Kerala, India

8. Visit A Spice Plantation In Thekkady

Kerala is the spice capital of the world. The history of Kerala is essentially linked with its trade and commerce. Ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove, and nutmeg are few spices cultivated in Thekkady and nearby areas.

Coffee beans plant
Coffee beans plant

Experience Kerala with its rural landscapes, serenity, beauty, and authenticity. A perfect destination for holidays, Kerala is heaven on Earth. Also when you do visit the place remember to be responsible and help preserve this beauty and not harm it.

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