Rightly referred to as “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is one South Indian state that is flocked to be people of diverse interests. From honeymooners, solo travelers, family vacationers, to adrenaline junkies, Kerala is one place that has many seeking an efficient trip planner. Being able to serve a multitude of recreation opportunities, the region of Kerala can be divided categorically by tours pertaining to individual geographic locations. Rest assured, whatever you choose to embark on with your itinerary planner you are certain to return with rejuvenated mind and body!
Mentioned below are five tour classifications that address various scopes along with leaving you absolutely spoiled for choice.
The lush, evergreen forests atop the Western Ghats are abundant with some of the world’s most potent spices that are sure to add zing and spice to absolutely any food! From fragrant cloves, sweet cinnamon, hot chillies to Star anise among others Kerala is a treasure trove of spices. Places like Thekkady, Kumily, Murukkady and Vandanmedu are popular destinations for those considering specific spice garden trips! These places offer you a plethora of privately and government-owned spice gardens where you can avail guided tours. Of course, you will be tempted to take home some spices and you can do so at the gift shops on site at these spice gardens.
Owing to the highly fertile soil of the Western Ghats, Kerala and its hilly mountains are home to some of the most fabulous places in India where one can behold delightful gastronomical adventures. Kerala is India’s second largest coffee-producing state backed by regions such as Munnar that feature mesmerizing coffee plantations. As you galavant around exploring the best things to do in Munnar, you will make your way through a maze of coffee plantations where you can stop for a click or take an out and out guided tour. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the local delicacy of filter coffee! Along with Munnar, the serene Wayanad region too adds to the state’s coffee production.
Backwaters of Kerala
Probably one of the most sought-after regions in Kerala, the backwater areas of Alappuzha, also referred to as Alleppey, Kollam, Kasargod, Thiruvallam and Kozhikode bequeath you with the quintessential backwater experience. Staying in a houseboat in the middle of the Arabian Sea, gorging on delicious idlis, and canoeing through the interconnected canals will make you not want to leave this piece of paradise. If you prefer something more luxurious there is a plethora of resorts bringing you the best of indigenous experiences, you can choose from. Owing to the unique ecosystem here, birdwatching enthusiasts are in for a retreat of their lifetime!
Apart from the gamut of natural delights, Kerala also derives it’s moniker of “God’s Own Country” from the fact that the state dons a surfeit of temples. The elaborate temple festivals are indeed a state to watch, but should you happen to miss them you can still catch the pious rendezvous at places holding rich temple traditions. Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Ambalapuzha, Chottanikkara and Guruvayoor are home to some of the most popular temples in Kerala. After all, if we were to go by the folktale that the state came into existence by the creation of the warrior sage Parasurama, this land of God’s will justify the number of temples just right!
The Wayanad region of Kerala, which also extends into the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is known to have some the most interesting hikes and treks in India. The highest peak in Kerala, Anamudi lies in Kerala and can be ventured for trekking. Walking amidst wildflowers, have a keen eye for the rare Neelakurinji flower which is indigenous to the region. Second highest is the gorgeous Agastya Mala peak in the capital Thiruvananthapuram, this is a gorgeous place to even meet the tribal people of Kerala! Wayanad region is another area packed with pleasant hikes and treks, more suitable for basic level hikers too!