Kerala occupies a firm position in the world tourism map. Thus, when planning to visit this awe-inspiring destination, check out our Budget and affordable Kerala Tour Packages that gives you a wholesome experience.
Kerala, a destination par excellence, located in the southern part of India is considered as the God’s Own Country. It has a lot to offer to the discerning travelers looking to rest and relax in the lap of nature. The destination is an amalgamation of finest tourist attractions, thrilling outdoor activities, finest temples-testament to architectural brilliance, backwaters, spice gardens, festivals along with salubrious weather. Kerala Ayurveda is famous all over the world. Enjoy a rejuvenating experience at some of the most authentic Ayurvedic spas and feel energetic and revived.
Alleppey- Known for its stunningly beautiful backwaters, Alleppey welcomes tourists and give them a lifelong experience staying in luxurious houseboats. Referred to as the Venice of the East, people love checking out quaint chapels, sprawling paddy fields, waterlilies filled lakes, and beautiful fishing villages. When visiting Alleppey, also check out Krishnapuram Palace, Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Pathiramanal, and Punnamada Lake.
Munnar- The one and only popular hill stations of the state, Munnar is known for its verdant expanse of rolling tea plantations, misty valleys, low-lying clouds, and aromatic vegetation. Besides absorbing the beauty of the place, visitors can also visit Blossom Park, TATA Tea Museum, Life of Pi Church, Cheetappara Waterfalls, Attukal Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam and more.
Kumarakom- Located at the banks of Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom is a quaint hamlet known for its pleasant weather, alluring landscape, backwaters, exotic flora and fauna, authentic Keralite cuisines and a lot more. When visiting Kumarakom, do not forget to check out Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Beach and more.
Wayanad- The land of paddy field, Wayanad is one of the greenest places in the state. Serene and quite atmosphere, rich culture, man-made heritage and sprawling paddy fields make this place lovely. It is also known for its rich tribal culture. Other popular attractions worth checking out in Wayanad are Thirunelli Temple, Tusharagiri Waterfalls, Lakkidi Viewpoint, Banasura Hills, Puliyarmala Jain Temple and more.
Thekkady- The land of wild vegetation and thick forests, home to magnificent beasts, Thekaddy boasts of exotic wildlife. The jungles are home to exotic wildlife species like tigers, gaurs, elephants, sambars, lion-tailed macaques and more. When visiting Thekaddy, do not miss checking out Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Periyar Lake, Elephant Junction, Ayurvedic Garden, Deepa World Spice and many more attractions.
Kovalam- Considered as one of the beach destinations in Kerala, Kovalam also offers Ayurvedic treatments, deep massages, sunbathing fests, amazing culture, delectable delicacies and more to enjoy. Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Halcyon Castle, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Jama Masjid, Fishing Harbour and a lot more to explore for the discerning tourists.
Vagamon- Another place worth making a part of your Kerala tour packages is Vagamon. It is a beautiful hill station located away from the hustle and bustle of city offering perfect serene and quiet environment. Beautiful gardens, sprawling meadows, verdant tea plantations, stunning dales, and misty valleys attract tourists looking for some peace and quiet. Vagamon Pine Forest, Kurisumala, The Pattumala Church, and Maramala Waterfalls add more beauty to the attractive landscape of Vagamon.
Bekal- It is one of the popular tourist places in Kerala. Known for its impressive Bekal Fort, the destination wins your heart with its soft sea breeze caressing your face, excellent weather and sea waves lapping at your feet. Besides Bekal Fort, do make it a point to visit Ananthapura Temple, Bekal Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Chandragiri Fort, Mallikarjuna Temple and more.
Kozhikode- It is a commercial city and is also known as Calicut. The place is known for its magnificent historical sites, rich culture and traditions, culinary experiences and more. British and Dutch influence can be seen in the architectural style of the buildings. Conolly Canal, Manachira, Kallayi, Hilite Mall, Tali Temple and a lot more attractions beckons tourists.
Varkala- It is a popular beach destination with a vast coastline. With lush greenery and steep cliffs, the ambiance of the place is stunningly beautiful. It is fun watching glorious sunsets and sunrises from the beach. The place is also known for its magnificent Hindu Temples like Janardhan Temple, Janardan Swami Temple, Sivagiri Math, Sarkara Devi Temple and more.
Things to do in Kerala
When visiting Kerala on a well-designed holiday package, ensure that the package has some interesting activities that allows you to enjoy an exhilarating holiday. Some of the major things to do in Kerala are-
Bathing Elephants- If you are surprised to hear about bathing activities, don’t be. Visit Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary and indulge in interesting activities like elephant riding, feeding and bathing. Watch baby elephants having fun time frolicking in water.
Staying in a Houseboat- If you wish to enjoy some peace, quiet and serenity, stay in a houseboat and enjoy gently floating through Kerala Backwaters. You will pass-through sky-high coconut and palm trees and verdant fields which is breathtakingly beautiful.
Watching Neelkurinji- Munnar is one of the most known and visited hill stations of Kerala. Besides known for its rolling tea plantations, it is also known for Neelkurinji which blooms in every 12 years. It seems as if the mountain ranges are blanketed in blue. It is nothing short of a fascinating experience.
Enjoying Rural Life- If you wish to see the life of villagers, visit Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. Here, you can indulge in activities like canoeing in mangrove forests, watch paddy cultivation, crab farming, fishing and a lot more
Dining in a floating restaurant- Another interesting activity to indulge in when visiting Kerala is dining in a floating restaurant. Visit Veli Lake, 8 km away from Thiruvananthapuram and enjoy a gastronomical experience.
Shikara Rides- If you wish to explore the serene beauty of Kerala, visit Alappuzha where you can embark on a Shikara ride. Enjoy glorious backwater views, swaying coconut trees, spot attractive birds indigenous to this place and a lot more.
Witness Snake Boat Race- If you wish to be a part of Kerala’s rich culture, enjoy watching the famous snake boat race. It is held from July to September in Alappuzha. You can even go a step further, rent yourself a boat and cheer your favourite team. It is a thrilling experience.
Stay in a Treehouse- If you wish to spend some glorious moments close to the nature’s marvels, stay in a treehouse. While staying in treehouses at Munnar, Wayanad, Thekaddy and more, you can indulge in diverse activities like rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, nature walks and a lot more.
Spice Tour- A visit to Kerala would be incomplete without a trip to the spice gardens. There are sprawling spice plantations in Thekkady, Munnar, and Wayanad. Take in the heady fragrance of spices like cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla, cardamom, star anise and more.
Coffee Plantations- Enjoy a trip to famous coffee plantations of Kerala and enjoy a hot cuppa of native coffee in its amazing taste. Enjoy activities like campfire, night safaris, trekking, plantation walks and a lot more while staying in a homestay close to the plantations.
Best Time to Visit Kerala
Kerala enjoys three tourist seasons. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March. If you love rains, visit this amazing destination during monsoon season, from June to August. April to May is off season when it is easy to get choicest accommodation facilities at affordable rates. Irrespective of when you plan to visit this amazing destination, you are in for a breathtakingly beautiful place welcoming you with open arms. Choose a package and plan your travel details in advance so that you can enjoy visiting Kerala without any last-minute issues.
How to reach Kerala Kerala is one of the most popular destinations in India. A large number of domestic and international tourists love visiting God’s Own Country and enjoy the magnificence of nature. Reaching Kerala is not difficult.
Air- Kerala has four international airports- Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport, Kannur International Airport, and Calicut International Airport. Kollam airport is the domestic airport, well-connected with other major cities of the country.
Train- Kerala enjoys excellent train connectivity with major cities and towns of the state and the country. There is no dearth of direct trains plying its services to Kerala. International travellers can also use train services after landing at any of the International airports of the country.
Road- Kerala enjoys excellent road connectivity with major cities, towns and villages. Many private and public buses ply its services connecting major Kerala cities and destinations. Private taxis and cabs are also available.
Culture of Kerala The culture of Kerala can be traced back to 10th century. The state is known for its rich culture and traditions that is still going strong. People from all over the world visit this state and experience architectural marvels manifested in glorious temples, tropical beauty of the state, unique traditions, tranquil backwaters, stunning beaches, enthralling wildlife and a lot more. Here, visitors can find an eclectic blend of Dravidian and Indian culture. People love watching the famous performing arts like Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, and Kalaripayattu. Kerala is also known for its knowledge of Ayurveda. Malayalam is the main language spoken here.
Food of Kerala Kerala is known for its spicy curries and rice-based dishes. Some not to miss cuisines of Kerala when visiting this destination are- Idiyappam with Curry It is a popular Kerala cuisine, also known as Noolappam. It is Idiyappam which is made from grinding soaked rice or rice flour. Salt and water are added to it and is entwined with sevai which gives it a lovely texture. This versatile dish can be enjoyed with delectable curries.
Erissery (Lentil and Pumpkin Stew) Cooked in every Kerala household, this curry is made using sliced yams or raw plantains. Sweet pumpkin is slightly boiled with a pinch of salt, pepper or chillies, grated coconut, dried lentils, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and garlic. It is served on a bed of cooked rice. This dish is served on every prominent function and festival. It is a gastronomical delight.
Puttu and Kadala Curry This dish is served as breakfast. Puttu is basically steamed rice cake, cylindrical in shape. It is cooked with grated coconut in a mould. It is served with a flourish with grated coconut, ripe bananas, kadala curry, etc. It is a very flavoursome recipe.
Appam with Ishtu (Stew) It is another staple Kerala cuisine which is made using coconut milk, fermented rice flour, a bit of sugar, and coconut water. It has crispy edges and thin pancake. It is served with Ishtu which is a stew made with cloves, cinnamon, coconut water, and shallots. Vegetables and mango pieces can also be served with the dish.
Ela Sadya It is a vegetarian’s delight. It is a wide spread of dishes served during ceremonial and religious occasions like weddings, festivals, etc. This lunch spread includes kichadi, pachadi, sambar, olan, pulissery, thoran, varavu, payasam, aviyal and is served on a banana leaf with steaming hot cooked rice. It is a magnificent spread worthy of a royal kitchen.
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This article gives you a comprehensive overview of Kerala, the fantastic tourist destination occupying a premium spot in Worlds’ Tourism Map. The information will help you to choose the best Kerala tour packages that do justice with the marvels of this scenic place. You can add your choice of destinations and activities that makes your trip to God’s Own Country a memorable one.