15 Amazing Things to do in Kerala even Locals will Agree With!
‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is among the most popular tourism destinations in India. The best thing about it that you get everything you would expect – ranging from hill stations to sublime beaches, wilderness to extravagant lifestyle, ethnic cuisines to luxury dining and lot’s more. All of these have been the reason why Kerala has been attracting a range of travelers that include photographers, adventure seekers, religious tourists, honeymooners, vacationers and more. Kerala has in fact been listed among the ‘Ten Paradises of the World’ by the National Geographic Traveler. Growing by more than 13.31% every year, the tourism industry in Kerala has already become a core contributor to its economy.
If you are planning for a trip to Kerala for the first time, it’s easy to get limited by choices. The popular attractions would be the backwaters, the hill stations of Munnar or the beaches. However, there’s a lot more to do and with little research and understanding of the state, you can come back with the best memories ever! Here’s a list of some such things that you wouldn’t want to miss out upon! The best thing is that any kind of traveler can experience these offerings. So regardless of whether you are travelling with your friends or looking for a romantic holiday with your partner, here’s some most amazing things to do in Kerala.
#1 Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey Backwaters
Alleppey is popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and like in Venice, you have the serene backwaters and an interesting network of canals, lakes and rivers that take you along the unique ecosystem. With 900 kilometers of waterway, you will be swaying along the most breathtaking natural and rural landscapes. Think about how it will feel to be able to sip wine, eat delicious cuisines and live a couple of days in this setting with your beloved! The thrill is unmatched!
#2 Enjoy Village Life for a Day
Travelling is all about getting to understand and enjoy a place in its original version. So what’s so special about a village tour in Kumarakom? Well, you get to understand how life goes on about in this landscape, the things that locals do, the ways that locals enjoy their hard work and the traditions and culture that keeps them humble. From coconut palm weaving to toddy tapping, it’s a unique way of life.
#3 Watch Boat Races
The boat races in Kerala backwaters are among the biggest sporting events across the globe. Similar to cheering for your national Cricket Team in the stands, here, you will see locals pick up just any view point (sometimes the top of a tree) to enjoy the spectacle. Thousands gather to witness the cultural boat races and cheer their players to fight hard and win the medal for them!
#4 Stay in a Tree House
Rising up to the increasing demand for eco-tourism, several popular destinations in Kerala have come out with tree house accommodations. It’s a truly original and raw experience of living up in a tree with nature’s bounty surrounding you on all sides. Depending upon the locations, you can book a Treehouse beside waterfalls, sea beach or a serene rookery in a part of the backwater system. It’s a feeling that will definitely bring you closer to nature.
#5 Munnar Tea Garden Tour
Your visit to Kerala will certainly be incomplete if you haven’t taken a walk in the lush green tea plantations of Munnar. Known to have some of the highest tea plantations in the world, the hills in Munnar host some of the oldest tea gardens in India. Talk a walk in the backdrop of green valleys, gorging waterfalls, mist covered peaks and the continuous melody created by the forests.
#6 Architecture Tour in Fort Kochi
Apart from the natural and cultural uniqueness, Kerala also reins high when it comes to history and the footmarks of the passing centuries. Kochi is one of such places where you can get to relive the old world ambiance through several temples, old buildings, forts, old bungalows, museums and more. Some of the important landmarks in this category would be the Vasco House, Old Harbor House, Koder House, Bastion Bungalow and David Hall.
#7 Take Periyar Jungle Jeep Ride
The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve in Thekkady is a rich example of Kerala’s scenic charm. Covering an area of more than 925 sq. km., the Periyar Tiger Reserve hosts a diverse wildlife, including some of the rarest flora and fauna. While the reserve is made up of an interesting mix of grasslands, tropical evergreen forests and lake ecosystems, a safari will give you the chance to spot illusive creatures like the Royal Bengal tiger, White Tigers, sloth bears, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri martin, Travancore Flying Squirrel and lots more.
#8 Listening to the mighty waterfalls
Closing your eyes and listening to gorging waters and the jungle to add to the music is one of the best experiences ever. Kerala has some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country and it would be a miss if you haven’t visited at least a couple of them. Some of the most important and popular waterfalls in Kerala include the Athirapalli Falls (25 m), the Palaruvi Falls (91 m) and the Soochipara Falls (200 m).
#9 Sunset at Kovalam Beach
Whatever be the itinerary you might be preparing for your Kerala tour, keep one evening aside for the sunset at Kovalam Beach. Among the most picturesque beaches in India, Kovalam coastline offers a landscape that is dotted by coconut trees and stony outcrops – a perfect postcard scene. You will find several shops lining up the beach and this gives you a great opportunity to experience the sunset, hand in hand with your loved one. Don’t forest to try a local sea food here!
#10 Bike Ride in Idukki
A dream of most serious and hobbyist bikers, a motorcycle ride through the high range roads of Idukki is a thrilling experience. The ride will take you through some breathtaking ghats like the Naadukani, the phenomenal Arch Dam and the Cheruthoni Dam.
#11 Watch Kalariyapattu Bout
Kalariyapattu is one of the oldest martial arts forms of the World and is also believed to have influenced the early Shaolin martial artists. The art has been kept alive by a small group of fighters today but once you experience a bout, you will be spellbound for your life. The art of war also sees a variety of traditional weapons being used in the duels. The best place to see them is visiting a traditional gurukulam.
#12 Trekking in Munnar
In the past couple of years, Munnar has become a trekking paradise with several domestic and foreign groups coming to experience the mountains. There are a variety of trekking routes available that you take you through high hill plantations, waterfalls, valleys and untouched jungles. Experience one!
#13 Bamboo Rafting in Periyar
For adventure seekers, bamboo rafting activities in the gorging Periyar River will be a thrilling experience. Bamboo rafting are usually day long programs organized by private companies but you will have local tribal guides to get you through the forest streams! He Periyar is also among the most bio-diverse spots in the Western Ghats and you might have surprises along the way!
#14 Ayurveda Massage
While a journey through Kerala will rejuvenate your mind, you can also opt for an enriching session of Ayurvedic Massage to find renewed strength. There are several Ayurvedic massage centers across the popular tourist destinations and you have a range of massage options, depending on your budget.
#15 Taste the True Kerala Cuisine
Before you would have ended you trip, make sure you have had some of the most precious delicacies from this part of the world. Keralian Locals cook some of the most delicious meals including the Sandhya, Appam with stew, Puttu & Kadala Curry, Karimeen pollichathu (fish), Palada Payasam, Thalaserry Biriani and Malabar Parotta with Kerala Beef Curry.
Kerala, as a whole is enchanting, rejuvenating and an experience like none other. When planning a trip to Kerala, do your research well and don’t miss out on the experiences that are unique to this part of the world. We hope you have an amazing trip with lots of good memories!