Exploring Kerala

Kerala trip guide

Overview

Famously known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is a state located on the Malabar coast of Southern India. Home to a vast network of brackish lagoons called backwaters, ayurvedic massages, wildlife sanctuaries, sprawling tea gardens, hill-stations, palm tree-lined beaches and colourful dance forms, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from! so, visit Kerala to know about Kerala’s culture, Kerala’s history, and Kerala points of interest

Best Places to visit

Kerala has so many amazing tourist spots to offer and here are few of them –

Kerala Backwaters

When you are in kerala you must witmess one thing and that will be backwaters of Kerala. One of the most important resoure of Kerala tourism, it is called backwaters because of the reason that freshwater that comes from the rivers merges into lakes and is then used for paddy fields or goes to the ocean from the lakes. Some of the most important Kerala backwaters are Alleppey Backwaters, Kuttanad Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, Cherai Island Backwaters, Cochin Backwaters, Kottayam Backwaters, Kozhikode Backwaters, and Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters.

Kerala National Parks

Kerala is rich in biodiversity and and one most important landscape beauty in India. Kerala National Parks are one of the best places which make Kerala tourism significant. Following are the National Parks in Kerala that should be in your travel itinerary when you explore Kerala tourism. Eravikulam National Park is rich in flora and lush green vegetation and is open from November till April. Silent Valley National Park, home to elephants, panthers, tigers and many more species, is open from September to March, Periyar National Park known for safari, rafting and other activities is one place you should definitely explore. These National Parks contribute to most of Kerala Tourism and the best time to visit to explore these beautiful wildlife habitats is from December till March.

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Kerala Beaches

Beaches in Kerala are a symbol of calmness and peace. These beaches are a bit different from the beaches that you must have seen in places like Goa and Kerala tourism has made sincere efforts to preserve their beauty. With white sand, coral reefs and tranquil blue waters, these beaches offer a wonderful experience. Kerala state is a centre point between the Arabian Sea and the western ghats and provides you with a great view. Some of the best beaches in Kerala are Kovalam Beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Marari Beach in Mararikulam, Varkala Beach in Varkala and Alappuzha Beach in Alappuzha.

Kerala Waterfalls

Kerala is home to many waterfalls and is considered to be one of the best waterfall destinations in the country. Kerala waterfalls are also amongst the famous tourist spots for Kerala tourism. Some of the best waterfalls in Kerala are Athirappilly Falls (82 ft) where activities like jungle safari, rafting, camping, bird watching and trekking are done. Some of the other waterfalls in Kerala are Meenmutty Falls in Ponmudi (984 ft), Soochipara Waterfalls (656 ft), Palaruvi Falls (299 ft) and Adyanpara Falls (350 ft). Most of the Kerala falls are surrounded by abundant greenery and deliver a scenic view.

Kerala Temples

A trip to Kerala is not complete if you don’t visit Kerala temples. There are various places in Kerala but temples of here depict a lot about the history and culture of this place. So, if you are one of those people who wish to experience different cultures, then you must explore all the temples of Kerala. Residents of Kerala are spiritual and follow some rules in the temples and at their homes, which you must respect. Some of the best temples in Kerala in terms of architecture are Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple  Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor and Chottanikkara Devi Temple, Ernakulam.

Things to Do in Kerala

  • Visit Beaches- Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach
  • Visit Temples- Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha
  • Visit Hill Stations- Wayanad, Munnar
  • Visit National Parks- Eravikulam National Park, Kumarakom National Park

Food

Kerala cuisine is all about the rich combination of vegetables, meats and seafood flavoured with a variety of spices. Dominance of rice, coconut, seafood and variety of non-vegetarian dishes and the lavish and also use of spices like Pepper, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger and chillies that add to the taste and flavour of Kerala’s traditional food is easily noticed.

Kerala’s food is so diverse and distinct from the rest of the country because of the invades of many foreing countries like Romans, Greeks, Dutch, Portuguese. There are a lot of differences could be noticed in the style and the taste of north and south Kerala foods- the menu has huge verities such as Mappila biryani, Sadya and brilliant non-vegetarian dishes, you are sure to find something new every day! Kerala is a paradise for seafood lovers and specialy for seafood  lovers, from an array of prawns, lobsters, rockfish and squid among the others, the place won’t disappoint you. The Sadya is a substantial feast served on a banana leaf and consists of 24-28 dishes in a single meal. Onam Sadyas are something you should try if you’re in Kerala. Other favourite dishes include Avial, Kozhikodan Halwa, Appam-stew combo, Kappa, Puttu-Meen curry and Paal Payasam.

Exploring Kerala

How to visit

By air

  • Kannur International Airport
  • Cochin International Airport
  • INS Garuda
  • Calicut International Airport
  • Trivandrum International Airport (Naval Airport)

By Road

Kerala is connected by road with most important cities if India.

By Train

Most of the Kerala bound trains have a stop at either of the two railway stations in Cochin – Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station.

Best Time to visit

As summers (March to May) make the state too hot and monsoons (June – August) can provide heavy rain thats why September to February is the best time to visit Kerala when it is relatively cooler.

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