Bliss in Kerala
Situated in the southwestern tip of Indian peninsula, Kerala is flanked by Arabian Sea on the west, Karnataka on the northeast and Tamil Nadu on the east. The amazing land of Kerala with stunning beauty has an equable and tropical climate offering a pleasing atmosphere throughout the entire year. Undoubtedly, Kerala is one of the most preferred and beautiful destinations of India. It is visited by thousands of tourists every year which just gets increasing. Home to mesmerizing backwaters, serene waterfalls, vibrant festivals, rich culture, exotic wildlife and delectable cuisine, Kerala becomes a suitable destination for honeymooners, family outing and trip with friends. The mornings in Kerala brings mist and magic and the evenings bid adieu with some of the most enchanting melodies played by Mother Nature. So let’s dive into what all you can do and the places you can visit during a Kerala tour.
Also known as Cochin, this place is a perfect blend of cultural values and modern ideas. Kochi welcomes its tourists with breathtaking backwaters and dramatic landscapes. It is a major tourist destination of Kerala and is greatly influenced by Arabs, British, Chinese and Portuguese which is evident in the city’s architecture and culture. There are various interesting things to do in Kochi. For your lazy days, you can simply relax at the tranquil beaches or indulge in water activities here. Another interesting place is Chinese fishing nets which are huge mechanisms installed for fishing. You can enjoy a stroll in Jew town and witness the beautiful architecture of St. Francis Church. One should not miss Kerala Folklore museum which depicts the heritage of Kerala and offers a memorable experience.
Hills are everyone’s favorite! Just sitting and adoring the breathtaking landscapes along with lush greenery on all sides is exciting. Munnar is one such hill station which looks like a picture book town with an unending expanse of tea plantations and manicured gardens. This place holds the secret of producing India’s best tea and spices. Tourists can witness the genesis and growth of tea at the Tea museum. Admire the splendid view of gushing waterfalls in Attukal waterfalls, Cheeyapara waterfalls and Valara waterfalls. People who love trekking, hiking and mountain walks should visit Pothamendu viewpoint which gives panoramic and magnificent views of lush green mountains, unique tea and spice beds. The beauty of this place cannot be easily described in words. When the sun sets down, one can feel peace and serenity in the middle of nowhere in Munnar!
If you thought that a Kerala trip is only limited to beautiful landscapes and overwhelming waterfalls, then you are wrong. For wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts, Kerala has a large National park named Periyar. It is a mix of mystic mountains, sprawling spice plantations and rich biodiversity. Bird watching, jungle safari and nature walks are some of the things you can do in the dense forests of Thekkady. Periyar is considered as one of the most protected areas for elephants and tigers. Apart from these, one can easily spot barking deer, sambar, wild pigs, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur and Niligiri Tahr. Do not forget to tickle your taste buds with Kerala’s delicious wafers and pickles while being in Thekkady.
Allepey is not just a tiny district of Kerala but a miniature heaven on earth. It has emerged as a renowned destination for backwaters. A houseboat ride is one of the major attractions of Allepey. What is more interesting is the fact that you can even stay on a houseboat and wake up in between of tranquil backwaters to a delicious breakfast. Nothing can be more relaxing than taking long walks on Alappuzha beach and witnessing one of the oldest churches of India – St. Mary Forane Church. You can also visit some ancient temples such as Krishna temple and Chettikulangara Devi temple. Allepey is indeed a one stop destination to venture on a Kerala tour.
Kumarakom is a popular luxury getaway offering scenic views. A destination filled with solitude and peace, Kumarakom has a strong network of backwaters. People can enjoy houseboat rides and take a boat ride in longest lakes in India – Vembanad. It is renowned tourist spot where people enjoy boating and fishing. This destination is also famous for bird watching as it is a hub of migratory and domestic birds. You can enjoy various water activities at Kumarakom beach like swimming snorkeling, water polo and volleyball. One should not miss visiting Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple which is almost 500 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Kovalam is a set of three beaches forming a crescent shape – Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra. The leisure options at beach are plenty including sunbathing, massages, cultural programmes and cruising. Kovalam has been a preferred tourist destination since 1930’s. The lighthouse beach is the most popular of the three and has many hotels, restaurants and lodges. One should have a sumptuous hearty meal at the German Bakery and indulge in ayurvedic massages to revive your mind, body and soul. Karamana River, Neyyar dam and Vellayani Lake are some of the other popular places of interest which are worth visiting.
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in Southern India, Varkala houses clean and untouched beaches. It is an enchanting waterside town which boasts of bewitching places and monuments oozing out rich culture and heritage. It is the main religious centre of Kerala housing various temples and pilgrims. Silvagiri Mutt is one of the popular pilgrim destinations which is located on an elevated plateau and enclosed by greenery. Varkala beach is an ideal holiday destination famous for its spa, mineral springs and ayurvedic centers offering best treatments and therapies. You can indulge in sunbathing, wind surfing, parasailing. You can also shop for jewellery and handicrafts. Anchengo Fort and Janardhana Swami temple are other places of interest in Varkala.
Tourists not only go gaga over Kerala’s beauty but also its delectable cuisine. Influenced by Malabari, French and Arabian, Kerala’s cuisine is enhanced with a touch of its own unique culture and always makes you asking for more. You can expect a blend of both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Rice, fish and coconut are the most common ingredients used which are enhanced by flavors of chillies, curry leaves, cardamom, clove, ginger, tamarind and cinnamon. Some of the most famous dishes are idli sambhar, puttu and kadala curry, idiyapam, prawn curry and erisserry.
Kerala is also a popular shopping destination from where you can buy tea from Munnar. Nothing beats Kerala in its quality and wide variety of spices. The richness and aroma of star anise, cloves, turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon are to die for and can be bought from local shops near Thekkady. Aroma oils, handicrafts, dresses, cashew nuts and banana chips are other popular things one can buy from Kerala. While being on a Kerala tour, pick some best souvenirs for your family and friends!
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