The tropical south Indian state of Kerala has a variety of unique attractions and is full of scenic beauty and breath-taking views. God’s own country’ is a perfect blend of the state’s diverse culture, a lush green landscape of the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, beautiful beaches kissing the emerald blue-green waters of the Arabian Sea, serene backwaters, and provides a perfectly picturesque setting for the relaxation of the mind and the soul. A tour of the exotic state of Kerala is an experience in itself and the best way to get under the skin of the state is to consider the Best things to do in Kerala:
1. A lazy cruise through the backwaters:
A trip to Kerala is incomplete without taking a tour of the Kerala backwaters in a houseboat. Cruise through the inland waterways and narrow canals bordered by lush green palms, villages and houses. The tranquillity and the romance in the Kerala backwater tour is one something that is out of the world and can only be understood when experienced.
2. Watch the encapsulating cultural performances:
Kerala has a vibrant cultural heritage, the signs and reminders of which are still present to this day. So when on a holiday in Kerala, be sure to catch an exhibition of Kalaripayattu, a martial art form believed to have been originated in Kerala well over 3000 years ago. The elegant forms of the art and the athletic moves of the fighters is sure to leave you mesmerised. Make sure to catch a performance of Kathakali. Often labelled as Kerala’s soul, it is a beautiful dance form that relies on colourful costumes, expressions and postures to convey enchanting stories of passion, lust, and power. Another important dance form that is worth watching is Thayyam: a form of worship through dance. If you get the chance, watch the colourful snake boats race at Alappuzha and involve yourself into the enthusiastic crowds who have come to watch the race.
3. Get an Adrenaline Rush:
Even though Kerala has gained a reputation for being a romantic city, it also lures adventure enthusiasts into its borders to indulge in adrenaline-driven activities, which is a major attraction of Kerala Tourism. One can go Bamboo rafting at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady; go for a kayak tour through the backwaters for a more personal experience, trek into the forests following the tiger trails or climb the steep and rough terrain of Chembra Peak in Wayanad. One can visit Kovalam and Varkala that are among the best destinations to surf in India or ParaSail at Payyambalam beach, the activities are endless.
4. Tour of the local Cuisine:
Kerala is renowned for its cuisine, featuring everything from delicious seafood, crunchy and ghee roasted Dosas, soft appams to the coconut flavours. It is absolutely essential to try Sadya, a traditional Kerala lunch served with rice, pickles, vegetarian dishes, pappadam and payasam. It is a purely vegetarian meal served on tender banana leaf and is usually served during Onam and is usually eaten with hands and not cutlery.
5. Live in a treehouse:
In areas like Wayanad, Munnar, Athirapally or Thekkady, one can get up close and personal with nature and enjoy the fun as well as the luxury of staying in a tree house. Set atop a tree, high above the ground, it gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with the majestic beauty of Kerala forests and observe the subtle, yet different aspects of the forest life right from your tree house. One can also indulge in activities like rappelling, rock climbing, nature walks and mountain biking near the tree houses.
6. Rejuvenate Yourself:
Soothe your body, relax your mind and open up your senses by getting an authentic Kerala Ayurveda massage from the expert masseurs. Ayurveda is the medical side of yoga. It’s India’s traditional natural healing system, which has been practised for over 5,000 years. Due to the climate of the state, there is an abundance of medicinal plants and herbs essential for the rejuvenation of the body and mind. Whether it is a simple massage or a medical treatment, Ayurveda massages are the best things to do in Kerala, especially in the months of June, July and August