Stretching exquisitely on the south-west corner of Malabar Coast, with its beautiful coastlines, picturesque backwaters, exotic nature, and verdant green lands and hills, Kerala is a sight to behold at every step and hence is one of the most favorite places to visit for the people of Ahmedabad.
Whether you are there for adventure sports or sightseeing, for ayurvedic treatment or nature walk, you must keep yourself aware about the particular season in which you can enjoy it to the fullest, further there are certain things in Kerala that should definitely be in your ‘Things to do’ list.
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad
Kerala has three tourist seasons- Peak Season in winter from September to March, Off Season in summer from April to May and Monsoon season also known as the Ayurvedic season from June to August. Kerala has its charm in all three seasons but if traveling from Ahmedabad you would want to do it in the summer season or in the monsoon season, especially from May or June. The summer in the coastal land is different from that in Ahmedabad. The crowd is less and in June the monsoon has only hit the coast. The hotel prices go down and the bright green color of Kerala in monsoon makes it shine like an emerald. You can visit the hill stations to relax or to explore. If you wish to enjoy the beaches then you would probably want to visit in September to December. Winter in Kerala is cozy and comfortable and is the best time for sightseeing.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Ahmedabad
You can reach Kerala from Ahmedabad via car, train or flight.
Car– A road trip from Ahmedabad to Kerala would approximately take 32 hours. You can hire a cab or taxi for the trip, the prices range from Rs 5-Rs 9 per Km and you would also have to pay a toll. You take NH 48 which will take through Surat, Nashik, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli, Shivamogga, Mysuru.
Train– There are 6 mail or express train and 1 Humsafar express from Ahmedabad to Kochi. The fastest train is the Gandhidham-Tirunelveli Humsafar Express (19424) that runs on Mondays. The estimated travel time is 36 hours and 35 minutes and the fare is Rs. 3555/-.
Flight– You can catch a flight to Kochi, Calicut or Thiruvananthapuram. Make sure to plan your travels and book the tickets in advance if you choose to go via a flight. You can book a cab from the airport terminals to reach your desired destination in Kerala.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
Kerala is a beauty to behold and land to explore. Make sure these things are in your itinerary when you are vacationing in Kerala.
Houseboat and Backwater Cruising– Sitting on a houseboat and cruising through the serene backwaters in Kerala is surely a peaceful and unforgettable experience. Places like Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod offer ample opportunity to experience a laid-back cruise while watching the exotic bird life and intriguing local life.
Tea Plantation– While traveling in Kerala, you must visit the tea plantation up in the never-ending canvas of green hills in Munnar. Here you will taste the freshest tea and you can explore these plantations through a range of exciting tours.
Spice Plantation– You cannot visit the ‘Garden Of Spice’ and not take a tour of the famous spice plantations in Kerala. Though Kerala was originally famous for its black pepper trade, you will find all sorts of spices grown in the plantations in Periyar, like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.
Hiking- Besides housing Kerala’s famous tea plantation, Munnar is also a heaven for adventure lovers. You can trek in Munnar, and while at it don’t forget the Idukki Forest Walk and Kannan Devan Hills.
Beaches– Soothing sunshine, soft sands, and that comforting beachy atmosphere. This is what Kerala has to offer. You can visit Kovalam or Marari Beach, among many others but you might want to do so in the months of September or October, as, in monsoon, the rain and in summer the heat might keep you off the beach.
Periyar Jungles– Jungle walks through wonderful wildlife sanctuary in Periyar far from the city noises is a must when in Kerala. If it is in your luck, you might encounter one or two Asian elephants, squirrels, and a lot of monkeys.
Village Visit– While cruising in the backwaters you might want to take some time to visit the traditional rural Keralan Villages on the banks of the backwaters. The colorful authentic villages will surely greet you with a lot of stories and if it is in your luck then some local food prepared by the locals.
Fort Kochi– The charming seaside area known for its British, Dutch, and Portuguese colonial architecture can offer a beautiful walk down the memory lane. Historically rich, this region in the city of Kochi offers the elaborate sight of bamboo fishing nets, St. Francis Church on the burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama among other things such as art galleries, chic cafes, handmade souvenirs.
Kathakali Show– After the eventful explorations, you might want to end your day with a bit of tradition and culture. A peaceful evening in the Kerala Kathakali Centre watching the magnificent Kathakali performance put up by the vibrant dancers will surely make your heart swell with satisfaction.
4. Festivals to look forward to
Cultural fiesta in Kerala continue for the whole year, here is a list of festivals you can choose to attend.
Cochin Carnival (December-1st January)
Kumarakom Boat Race (September-October)
Aranmula Boat Race and Attachamayam( August-September)