Kerala – ‘God’s Own Country’ Calling
If you’re looking out to visit some great place in India, Kerala in the south of India is a good bet. Whether you love the rains or prefer the cool and dry climate or belong to the type who doesn’t mind sweating it out – this place is equally charming. The name of this state situated on the Malabar Coast comes from ‘Keralam’ – the land of coconuts. Known for its peaceful backwaters, scenic beauty, natural beaches and the famous tea gardens it is the perfect place for newly-weds enjoying their honeymoon or a family vacation to relax and refresh. Not just this, Kerala also offers a rich cultural heritage which is celebrated in the form of various festivals and worshipped in the form of majestic temples. It also has the national parks to delight the nature enthusiasts even in monsoon. Kerala is also a hotspot for medical tourism since Ayurveda is one of the most effective ways to answer some of the serious ailments thus drawing believers from across the globe.
Best time to visit Kerala
This coastal state can be visited during the peak tourist season i.e between December to February or even the off-season when it rains heavily making it a great time to rush towards the beach. The off-season is the time when one can avail maximum Monsoon discounts upto 50% of the peak season prices.
Do not miss these places when you visit Kerala
1. Alapuzzha Backwaters
If serenity is what you are searching in Kerala, you need to be on a houseboat on these backwaters. Seeing the morning sun rise or the evening sun set makes it totally worth it with the coconut trees accompanying you throughout the trip! The hotels and resorts along the backwaters provide the option of comfortable stay while spending the night on a houseboat is another lucrative option. The hot & fresh food served with chilled beer makes it a heavenly experience.
2. Munnar Tea Gardens
If you’ve fantasized yourself picking tea in lush plantations on some Bollywood song or simply cannot resist the fragrance of tea, you definitely ought to be here to see it go live. Also visit hill stations such as Thekkady and Wayanad in Kerala.
3. Fort Kochi
For people who find Architecture and History interesting, this place is a must-visit. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’, this place has seen the influence of various races including the Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese and the Portugese and speaks for itself.
4. Kovalam Beach
Kerala has a number of beaches to offer its visitors, but the most famous among them is the Kovalam Beach known for its picturesque scenery, soothing breeze, golden brown sand and pleasant weather. Take a stroll or just lie idle; meditate yoga or enjoy a sunbath – each experience will leave you rejuvenated. Not to forget the mouth-watering snack stalls and the stress-relieving massage centres which infringe the place.
If you are one who believes in the power of the Almighty, you should surely visit the famous temples in Kerala renowned for their architecture. These include the Guruvayoor Temple, Ambalapuzzha Sri Krishna Temple, Attukal Temple and the Mammiyoor Temple.
6. Some more beaches
Enjoy some more of the sun and sand at the Cherai Beach, Alapuzzha Beach, Muzhappilangad Beach and the Payyambalam Beach.
7. Other tourist places
If you are game for some more of Kerala, do visit the Indo-Portugese museum, Napier museum, Thiruvananthpuram Zoo, Eravikulam National Park, Kumarakom bird sanctuary as well as the Edakkal Caves.
When in Kerala, do it the Keralite way
- Enjoy the Ayurvedic massage
- Buy handicraft, spices, woven textile
- Cheer during the thrilling Snake boat race
- Enjoy the Ona Sadya feast during Onam
- Trekking and mountain climbing
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Bamboo rafting at Periyar Tiger reserve
- Living in a tree house
- Bird watching
How to reach there
Keralam is well connected domestically as well as internationally via its network of roads, rail, as well by air and sea. The state houses three international airports namely the Kochi Airport, Thiruvananthpuram Airport and the Calicut Airport. More than 200 railway stations connect its cities with various parts of the country and the national highways make it easy to access the place by road.
You can choose to stay along the beach or along the backwaters. Kerala houses budget hotels to world class hotels with all amenities that meet the need and budget of its travelers.
To believe it, you must live the experience! Kerala will send you back home with reels of memories to cherish and smiles which will bear testimony to the awesome experience enjoyed with family and special ones.