Writers, adventure lovers and peace seekers all are attracted to this scenic and breathtaking land nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. People from in and around the country wish to vacation in Kerala to relax in its palm-lined beaches and explore its tranquil backwaters and mountain slopes that support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife.
If you are planning on visiting ‘God’s Own Country’ from the ‘Lion Capital of India’ read on to know the things you shouldn’t miss when vacationing in Kerala.
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Nagpur
Kerala has three main tourist seasons.
Peak season in the winter months from September to March, Kerala sees a major outburst of tourists in this season which is considered as the best time to visit Kerala.
Off Season which is in the summer months of April and May and Monsoon Season which is also called Ayurvedic Season and stretches between June to August.
When traveling from Nagpur to Kerala you would want to do this in either the Peak Season or the Off Season. In the peak season, the climate is not as cold as that in Nagpur. It is comfortable and pleasant and offers plenty of opportunities to hit the beaches and not to forget some of the major festivals of Kerala takes place during this season. The offseason has a lesser crowd, lower hotel prices and plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature walks and if it is in your luck you might encounter some wildlife animals who come out to drink water in the summers.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Nagpur
The distance between Kerala and Nagpur can be traveled by road, rail or via a flight.
Road– The shortest route is via NH44 which takes you through Aurangabad, Hyderabad in Telangana, Bangaluru in Karnataka, Salem in Tamil Nadu. It takes approximately 26h to cover the distance. Road trips are an ideal way of traveling between Kerala and Nagpur owing to the short distance between the two places and the scenic destinations that you cross through while traveling.
Train– There are 11 trains that run between Nagpur Junction and Ernakulam Junction. The fastest being Kerala Express PT (12626). It takes 29h to complete the journey. The tickets range from Rs. 675 – Rs 2600.
Flight– There are many flights that operate between Nagpur and Cochin. If you wish to save time and enjoy more, flights are an ideal way of transportation. But remember to book flights in advance to book it at the lowest available prices.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
Kerala is heaven for both wanderlust and peace lovers. While in Kerala don’t forget to experience some of the best things the state has to offer.
Stay in a houseboat– One of the best ways of exploring the beautiful scenery of paddy fields and coconut palms in the serene backwater is on a houseboat cruise. Alleppey which is also called ‘The Venice of the East’ offers houseboat cruise of 6 hours duration. You are served freshly prepared meals as you sail through admiring the lush green landscape. You can also enjoy this experience in Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod.
Village Tours– You can experience authentic Keralan village life at Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. Other than exploring the local paddy fields you can experience canoeing, witness the local village life while they fish, farm and get a chance to hear some local stories. Homestays are also available in the village which can be booked by visitors.
Go on a Shikara Ride– Shikara rides are cheaper than the houseboat stays. If you are a nature lover then definitely this experience shouldn’t be missed. You can have a glimpse of the village life on the shores, coconut trees and an array of birds.
Take a Spice Tour– One of Kerala’s many names is ‘Spice Garden Of India’. You must visit the spice plantations in Thekkady, Munnar or Wayanad and taste some freshly grown famous Kerala spices. Most of the hotels include these tours in their packages but you can visit them on your own too.
Take a tour of Coffee Plantation– If you are a coffee lover then this tour must necessarily be your ‘Things to do’ list. Tasting your coffee where it gets made will surely be a fun experience. You can book a room at a coffee plantation resort, this will include all activities like trekking, night safaris with the campfire, and nature walks.
Visit Fort Kochi– This beautiful seaside area is one of the must-visit places in the city of Kochi. The architecture in this area has mixed influences of Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonial. You can visit the beach, St. Francis Church on the burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama, Cosy Cafes and the local markets. The blend of culture and the beautiful bamboo fishing nets will surely help you set up some Instagram goals.
Beach Visit– About 50km from Trivandrum International Airport in Varkala, beach water is known to have therapeutic and healing properties. About 16km from Thiruvananthapuram is the Kovalam Beach with its famous Lighthouse beach, Hawa beach and much quieter and calmer Samudra Beach. From party to peace, beaches in Kerala offers it all, visit the beach that best suits your mood.
Bamboo Rafting– The most famous forest reserve of Kerala offers so much more than just sightseeing and nature walks. In the Periyar Wildlife aSanctuary, you can have a delightful experience of going bamboo rafting over the Periyar lake.
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)