The heavens have made a mistake. How can all the calmness in the world be encapsulated into the one little state of Kerala? Besides houseboats, these are our handpicked favourites – places you should visit, and pluck out pieces of paradise to take back home.
Aptly titled Gateway to Kerala, this is the first place where you must rest your feet. Check out princess street which is tourist hotspot brimming with restaurants, cafes, art galleries and souvenir stores. When here, you mustn’t leave without witnessing a Kathakali performance that is Kerala’s ancient form of dance-drama. Spend a lazy evening by taking a ferry from Fort Kochi to Vypeen island and enjoy the picturesque Cherai beach.
Even if you are not a big fan of tea, Munnar’s sprawling tea plantations are a must visit. Watch tea leaves get plucked and taste the finest of teas straight off the gardens. For tea enthusiasts, you must gaze around the tea museum. The misty hills also promise rock climbing and para gliding. But nonetheless, the charming aromas of tea will kick start your trip.
If you are bitten by the adventure bug, explore the mountainous region that offers excited tourists attractions like trekking, and simply wandering in between lush palm trees, Jain temples and caves. The best way to enjoy this region is to spend a night at the village homes and experience the local way of life. The coffee and spice plantations are enchanting, and if you enjoy beaming in some healthy organic food, you will definitely find something to take home. Plan your trip to Wayanad for beautiful nature.
If you are not a big fan of exploring the state on your own, choose from a kerala tour package that will offer you the benefits of a beach trail. Varkala’s long winding stretch of cliff is so beautiful, perfect if you are planning a proposal! It is most alluring in the evenings while you enjoy sea food in a warmly lit beach shack. Visit between March and April catch the Swamy Janardhan Temple Festival. Varkala is an absolute delight and you must end your trip with an amazing tan.