Palm-fringed backwater, 600 km long beautiful coastline, a never-ending green canvas of tea, and the smell of freshly grown spices, ‘God’s Own Country’ is nothing short of a paradise and attracts tons of visitors all year round from all over the country and abroad. People wishing to take a break from the city life often visit Kerala either to relax at the beach, vacation at the hill station, explore the majestic backwaters or to simply garner tons of beautiful memory. If you are traveling from Surat to Kerala, read on to decide when and how to travel and things that you should definitely do while vacationing in this land of wonders.
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Surat
– Kerala is a state which can be explored in any season. There are three tourist season in Kerala, Peak Season which starts in September and ends in March, Off Season which stretches between April and May and Monsoon Season which starts from June and ends in August.
If you are planning to visit Kerala from Surat you might want to do so in the Monsoon Season in which the greenery in Kerala is at its peak. To escape the summers in Surat you can visit the hill stations in Kerala which offer amazing trekking opportunities and can visit the wildlife sanctuaries and enjoy nature walks.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Surat
You can travel between the two places via car, train or plane.
Car– The fastest route is via AH47 and NH48 that takes you through Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli, Mysuru. It takes 28h approximately to cover the distance.
Train– There are 15 trains between Surat and Ernakulam Junction the fastest being Marusagar SF Express(12978) which takes 22h 44m and Gandhidham-Tirunelveli Humsafar Express (19242) which takes 28h to complete the journey.
Flight– Various major airlines including SpiceJet Airlines, IndiGo Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways offer services between Surat to Cochin and Trivandrum.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
Here are a list of must do things in Kerala.
Backwater Cruising in Houseboats– The most sought after and relishing experience in Kerala is cruising through the vast network of serene backwaters as you are served a freshly prepared meal while you sail through the lush green landscape. You can enjoy this experience in Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod.
Enjoy Village Life– You can get a glimpse of the authentic rural life in the Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. You can explore the local cultivations, canoeing, fishing, crab farming among many other things. The village is only 14km from Ernakulam Railway Station.
Shikara RIde– Alappuzha, which is only 4 hours from Thiruvananthapuram, offers Shikara rides which cost far less than the houseboats. The double-decker boats give a 3-4 hour ride in which you can admire the village life, coconut trees and the entire array of spectacular birds.
Stay at a Treehouse– You can get closer to nature and experience the fun of staying in a treehouse. Kerala has a good collection of resorts with treehouses. You can participate in a lot of outdoor activities there such as rappelling, nature walks, and mountain biking. You can visit Wayanad, Munnar, Athirapally, or Thekkady for this activity but make sure to do so either in the winter or the summer season as the showers in monsoon will prevent you from this activity.
Visit a Spice Plantation– While you are in the ‘Spice Garden of India’ make sure to take a tour of the spice plantations in Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad. You can taste authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and some exotic vanilla.
Visit a Coffee Plantation– Among the other things Kerala is also known for its fine coffee beans. You can book a stay in the coffee plantation resort that includes activities such as Trekking, night safaris, campfire, and plantation walks.
Fort Kochi– Visit this fort that is located right on the beach and you will come across some of the most beautiful and eclectic architecture with British, Dutch and Portuguese influence. The bamboo fishing nets, Indo Portuguese museum, local markets, chic cafes, this charming seaside area has it all and can help you set some serious Instagram goals.
Visit the Wildlife Sanctuaries– About 190km from Kochi, Thekkady has diverse forest covers, mammals and aquatic life. The Periyar jungle ride covers the views of the beautiful Idukki town, lush green vegetable farms, vineyards and if it is in your luck then endemic lion-tailed macaque.
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)