Things to See and Do in Kerala, India

by Manmohan Singh
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Kerala, India

Kerala, India, is picturesque and offers breathtaking views. The shimmering backwaters set the pace for the day while the village folk songs croon the heart. The clarion jungles awaken the daredevil within, and the mesmerizing festivals leave an imprint on the soul.

The southern state of Kerala is rich in raw natural beauty, history, and culture. It gives its visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to awaken to the soothing symphony of nature and live in the realm of mountain mists whispering unforgettable tales of the travelers.

Feed the traveler within on your expedition to the lush green land of Kerala. Explore the top things to do and see.

Upon your visit to Kerala, India, check into these things to do and see for a mesmerizing experience.

Yoga and Ayurveda: Unearth the Ancient roots

Avowed as the most scenic destination in India, Kerala offers the perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the life-giving science of Ayurveda. The land of Ayurveda, Kerala is a burgeoning home to various Ayurveda and Yoga centers like Rishikul Yogshala, Ayurveda Yoga Village, Kerala Ayurveda Wellness Centers, etc. Kerala is blessed with rich landscapes, picture perfect beaches, and spectacular ambiance ideal for undergoing yoga teacher training, ayurvedic studies and taking retreat programs for rejuvenation.

Walk the Tea Gardens in Munnar

The hill station of Munnar is covered with verdant hills and tea plantations. The vast stretches of tea plantations make for a spectacular view. The charming greenery of the tea gardens of the Munnar and the silvery mists of the mountains offer visitors to satiate their love for photography. Explore tea plantations with a walking tour in Munnar. Savor different teas grown here and walk through the pathways that separate the fields from one other.

Witness the beauty of Neelakurinji Bloom

Every twelve years, the Munnar hills of Kerala burst into the sea of blue, a rare natural extravaganza for visitors. A vast stretch of rolling hills carpeted with blooming tiny blue flowers welcome travelers. July through October is the time to visit when neelakurinji, a flower with 40 odd varieties, blossoms. This stellar spectacle is a real visual treat. The nilgiri tahr, an endangered mountain goat, is endemic to these hills.

Sail on a Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey

Alleppey, a town on the Laccadive Sea, is best known for its wooden houseboat cruises. The rustic Kerala backwaters form a tranquil network of canals and lagoons. The houseboats of Alleppey are floating houses providing you the comfort of home, enchanting views of the surroundings, and freshly cooked meals. Enjoy a luxurious stay with your family, friends, or spouse.

Refresh with Fresh Coconut Water

Kerala is synonymous with coconuts. This gift of nature is found in every nook and corner of the town. Nothing can beat the experience of sipping the tender coconut filled with sweet and nutritional pulp (“malai”) plucked straight from the tree. Coconut water really refreshes from inside out, and the soothing breezes from the swaying palm trees invigorate the soul.

Witness Snake Boat Racing

Witness the splendor of famous snake boat rides in Kerala. Snake boat rides have been a crucial part of Kerala’s culture and tradition. Vallam Kali (Snake Boat rides) in Kerala, India is the most vigorous and prestigious community sport. Each snake boat ride narrates its own legendary tale and mythology. Join the enthusiastic racers, feel the excitement of the crowd, cheer, and wave the competitive spirit of the snake boat riders.

Treat the hunger pangs with Sadya

Kerala’s food is as aromatic and tantalizing as its ambiance and vibes. Savor the Kerala style lunch ‘Sadya’ served with rice, pickles, vegetarian dishes, pappadam, payasam on banana leaves. Traditionally, Sadya is eaten with hands and not cutlery.

Reside in a Treehouse

Connect with nature and experience the thrill of staying at tree houses at Wayanad, Munnar, Athirapally or Thekkady in Kerala, India. Amidst the lush green jungles overlooking the majestic mountain views, these plaes in Kerala provide some of the best tree houses in the world. A tree house stay is a perfect chance to relax and indulge in activities like rappelling, rock climbing, and nature walks.

Go for a Spice Tour

Munnar, Thekkady, and Wayanad is the hosting land of spice plantations. Stir the senses with the authentic taste and smell of black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and exotic vanilla. Wayanad is also the home to coffee gardens offering you the chance to drink the cuppa where it grows.

Explore Kochi Fort

Fort Kochi is a historical place with bustling ports and world-famous Chinese fishing nets. It is the city where you will stumble across everything from Portuguese churches to British colonial mansions. The town also has impressive Jewish synagogue and Indo-Portuguese museum.

Behold a Kathakali Show

After strolling and experiencing the beauty of Kerala, India, add a touch of culture and ethnicity to your experience by witnessing a Kathakali show. There are numerous Kathakali centers in Kerala to watch this cultural spectacle, displaying incredible color, makeup, and costume.

Drape the Kerala-style Saree

For women, when in Kerala, draping Kerala saree is one of the unmissable things to do. Wear the elegant Kerala drape and embellish your hair with jasmine garland (gajra).

Visit Kerala, India

Kerala is a beautiful town that offers much more than the clear beaches and lazy backwaters. Indulge in these activities and experience incredible Kerala.

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