Amazing beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and a land covered in green from end to end, Kerala is truly a magical land that is an amazing vacation destination in India. As you set foot into God’s own country you will discover how perfect it is for nature lovers, families, newlyweds and adventure buffs. Kerala is not just a place, it is a destination of a lifetime. Apart from the typically tourist experiences, here is a list of 10 unique things to do in Kerala to give you an authentic experience that is this state:
- Be mesmerized in Valiyaparamba Backwaters
This is one of the most unexplored backwaters in Kerala. Surrounded by mind blowing greenery, this is situated in Kasargod, the northern most district of Kerala. In the state best known for its houseboat stays, its secret is Valiyaparamba, which is known to offer some of the best experiences. You can enjoy ferry rides and a trip to Bekal fort when here. If you are seeking adventure, you can join the mangrove trail of Malabar that includes hiking, bird watching and boating. There are several excellent Kerala holiday packages and it is now time to book yours.
- Gotta catch ‘em all! With Chinese nets
The amazing coastal city of Kochi is very well appreciated for its beauty and variety of fish. Yes, that’s right! One of the most unique things to do in Kerala, is to roll up your sleeves and get fishing with the local fishermen. You can get to get your hands on the huge Chinese nets and the local fishermen are more than pleased to teach you the tips and tricks of fishing.
- A drop of silence in Palakkad
Away from the maddening crowds and clichéd hot spots, one can head straight to the Palakkad district in the heart of the iconic Nilgiri hills. You can get to spend some silent moments while being surrounded by nature at its best! Even the best Kerala tour packages will not have this, we bet.
- Celebrate Onam at Vembanad Lake
The Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is an ideal spot for boating, fishing and sightseeing. It is the best place to celebrate Onam in its most traditional form. You get to witness the snake boat races with 100 men rowing the boat silently sailing through the backwaters. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is another tourist attraction around this place.
- Be mesmerized at Banasura Sagar Dam
This dam is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The most unique aspect about this place is the group of small islands surrounded by thick hill ranges for an absolutely breath-taking view.
- The incredible Athirapally falls
Another thing to do in Kerala is to visit the Athirapally falls. Located in the Sholayar region of Kerala, the Athirapally falls are truly an incredible view. The falls are located amidst the Athirapally forest. If you find the right spot and the right forest trail, you will have pure nature all to yourself.
- Relax at Marari beach
Located close to Kumarakom, is the lesser known Mararikulum. This area and the adjoining Marari beach are yet to witness tourists in large numbers. The sand is clear, the water clean and the air fresh and relaxing. The moment you want to escape the crowd and be by yourself, just hit the road to Mararikulum. This uncharted and beautiful location is too exclusive to be mentioned in any of the Kerala tour packages!
- Breathe in beauty at the Golden Peak
Located at an altitude of 1100 metres above sea level, Ponmudi better known as the ‘Golden Peak’ is the most beautiful place in Kerala. One has to climb nasty, winding curves to make it to the peak and it’s worth every step. The landscapes on the way up is absolutely enthralling and the view from the top is heart-warming, a once in a lifetime experience.
- Step into the ‘Honey hills’
The literal translation of Thenmala is ‘Honey Hills” which are located in the Kollam district of Kerala. For the adventure enthusiast – the Thenmala dam built across the Kallada River has many fun activities like Rope Bridge, biking, trekking, mountaineering and boating.
Interesting fact: The honey collected from these hills is of very high quality due to the rich flora of the forests.
- The pleasing beauty of Kuruvadweep
In the Wayanad district of Kerala lies Kuruvadweep or the Kuruva Island. This place is the best example of an unspoilt and uncharted, well preserved River Island in the country. Amongst all the other offbeat things to do in Kerala, trekking to this heavenly place is one thing you must experience during your trip here. There is no better way to rejuvenate and unwind yourself than trekking at Kuruvadweep, away from your chaotic city life.
That such a small terrain can hold diverse geographic features and cultures, is a spectacle on its own! Mesmerized already? Pack your bags and head to God’s country where a plethora of fresh experiences and beauty awaits you. Ensure your checklist has these enthralling 10 things to do in Kerala.