God's Own Country Kerala Vacation

  • vembanad lake
  • eravikulam national park
  • pathiramanal
  • kerala boat house

Introduction

Welcome to Kerala or call it ‘God’s Own Country’. Kerala is immensely beautiful and is an ideal vacation destination. Bewitching backwaters, enthralling beaches, calming Ayurveda sessions and an unforgettable houseboat ride, Kerala will surely keep you captivated with its charm. Even the National Geographic Traveler has agreed that Kerala is one of the thirteen paradises on the earth. So, if you wish to see the best of India, then you must plan a trip to Kerala.

It is said that God himself blessed this state with immense beauty. No wonder, travelers from different parts of the world come here to enjoy the best of nature and of Kerala. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kerala offers a perfect combo of multiple elements to sooth you senses. So, if you want to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, come to Kerala.

Best Time to Visit: There are 3 tourist seasons in Kerala. The peak season starts from September to March, the off season starts from April to May and the monsoon season starts from June to August. So, when you want to visit Kerala will depend on the season that you wish to enjoy.

How to Reach:

By Air: There are 3 international airports in Kerala that connect this state to major international cities. Major airline carriers operate via Trivandrum International Airport, Kochi International Airport and Calicut International Airport.
By Road: Kerala is well-connected to all Indian cities via National Highways 17, 47 and 49.
By Rail: Almost 200 Indian railway stations interconnect most of the places in and out of Kerala. One can also opt for direct trains from major Indian cities.

What to See

Kerala is blessed with some of the most amazingly beautiful tourist attractions. No matter, if you are a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, a honeymooner or a lone wanderer, Kerala has something to offer to everyone.

  1. Backwaters: If you want to see and experience the best of what nature has to offer, then you must visit the backwaters in Kerala. Apart from being a popular tourist attraction, Kerala backwaters are an integral part of the everyday living of the common people. Made up of over 900 km of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets, the backwaters are a must visit for every traveler.
    Popular backwater destinations - Thiruvallam, Alappuzha, Ernakulum, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kumarakom and Kottayam.
  2. Beaches: The sun-kissed shoreline and turquoise blue water of the Arabian Sea, all in together make Kerala a popular beach destination. The beaches of this state are serene and less crowded. Covered with plush green palm grooves and golden sand, these beaches are no less than a paradise.
    Famous Kerala beaches - Kollam, Alappuzha, Varkala, Bekal, Marari, Kannur, Cherai, Beypore and Kappad.
  3. Cities – The best thing about the cities and towns of Kerala is that each one of them will offer you a totally different experience. Be it the temples, or the beaches or the historical monuments, every city of this state is a wonder in itself. When it comes to choosing the best one, it surely is a really tough task.
    Must visit cities of Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar, Thekkady, Thrissur, Kasaragod, Kochi, Alleppey, Kollam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kottayam and Kannur.
  4. Wildlife – For those travelers who love the raw, untouched wild world of animals, Kerala wildlife sanctuaries are the best places to explore. With a forest area of 11,125 sq km along with 5 National Parks and 13 wildlife sanctuaries, Kerala is definitely a paradise for wildlife lovers.
    Popular wildlife sanctuaries - Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikkulam National Park.
  5. Hill Stations – Imagine the cool breeze on your face or the magnificent view of plush green hills from your hotel room, Kerala hill stations are just like that. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the nature, then pack your bags and come to Kerala hill stations.
    Must see hill stations of Kerala - Munnar, Thekkady, Ponmudi, Devikulam, Idukki, Lakkidi, Vagamon, Malampuzha, Malakkappara, Mattupetty and Vythiri.

Things to Do

Houseboat Ride – No trip to Kerala can be complete if you don’t take a ride of the famous houseboat (also known as Kettuvallams). A houseboat is no less than a 5 star hotel room where you get to enjoy ultra-luxurious amenities like well-furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, living rooms with a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. The average cost for 2 persons for one bedroom houseboat is approx. US$ 146.

See the Snake Boat Race – Snake boats are long thin boats that once served as the navy boats of the local kingdoms. You will be quite amazed to see that almost 100 men can board a single boat at once while rowing it to attain maximum speed (during the snake boat race). Come here during the Nehru Boat Race (organized every year on second Saturday of August) which is a popular tourist attraction that one mustn’t miss.

Be a part of the Festivals – India is the land of festivals and Kerala in this regard is no exception. Come here during the festive celebrations to experience the cultural heritage of this country (and the state as well). Most of the festivals celebrated in Kerala are based on myths and temples. Onam is the main state festival. This 10 day long festival is celebrated to welcome Mahabali (the mythological King who once ruled Kerala).

Rejuvenate Yourself – Ayurveda is a 5000 years old science of life and longevity. It is also the oldest healthcare system of the world and an ideal way to rejuvenate your body and mind. Kerala is often called the land of Ayurveda and for hundreds of years Ayurveda Vaidyas of this state are helping people (coming here from world over) by curing their diseases. This science is actually a medical practice based on medicines and oils (used for the treatments) that are extracted from plants and trees.

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