Kerala recently secured a spot on the 'New York Times' list of 52 places to visit in 2023 making it the only entry from India to feature on the list. It rightfully earned its place on the list, as the state has a lot to offer tourists. Kerala is often known as "God's Own Country" and once you explore the region, you'll understand exactly why. From flora, and fauna to culture and cuisine, Kerala has something for everyone. You can witness everything from pristine beaches, lush green plantations, and romantic backwaters to chilly mountain ranges, all in one state. It is needless to say that due to its blessed geographical location, there's plenty to attract all types of travellers visiting Kerala. From Kathakali dance performances, houseboat rides on the backwaters, jungle safari to sipping a freshly brewed cup of tea in Munnar, Kerala has something for every kind of tourist.
10 Most Popular Things To Do When In Kerala
1. Visit Tea Plantations In Munnar
Because of the strategic geographical location of Munnar, it is a prime tea producer in the state with lush green tea plantations all around the area. You can even visit some of the plantations and witness the tea being harvested, or check out the tea-making process at the Tata Tea museum. Do not forget to take the freshly packed teas when you return.
2. Spend A Night On A Houseboat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey
Kerala seems to be synonymous with the backwaters and a trip to the state would be incomplete without one. Spend a night or a meal along the lush landscape in a houseboat for an experience of a lifetime.
3. Take An Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurveda is an ancient healing tradition from India that includes yoga, and healthy eating among other lifestyle practices. Kerala is known for its wellness centers and resorts where one can undergo these detox treatments. That is not to say that you don't deserve an Ayurvedic massage to relax your mind. Shirodhara is a famous technique followed in Kerala where dripping warm oil is made to fall on the forehead which relaxes the mind, body and soul.
4. Watch A Kathakali Performance
Kathakali is one of the most popular dance forms in India. A Kathakali performance includes dance and drama performed by the artists. The specialties of the art form are the elaborate costumes and makeup that every performer applies. The artists are well-acquainted with the makeup techniques and undergo intense training for their performances.
5. Take A Jungle Safari At Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is home to several animal and bird species. The tourists can enjoy a safari experience and spend a blissful day away from the bustle of the city amidst nature. One can even enjoy hiking and trekking in the National Park.
6. Sip On Local Toddy
Toddy is a locally produced alcoholic drink and can often be called palm wine too. The sap from palm trees is collected and stored in containers. After fermentation, the sweet sap turns mildly tart which is what contributes the unique flavour to the drink. The drink is served at small stalls all across Kerala accompanied by other local delicacies.
7. Have A Hearty Meal On Banana Leaf
Kerala is popular for its local delicacies which include seafood dishes made from locally sourced catch. So do not forget to enjoy a heavy meal served the traditional - on a banana leaf. They even have tasty options for vegetarians.
8. Enjoy A Sunset At Varkala
The beaches in Kerala are comparatively less crowded making them which makes them more relaxed. Varkala is one the most popular beach destinations amongst tourists. The scenic cliff overlooking the beach makes this one different than the rest. There are numerous shacks and cafes at Varkala where you can enjoy a meal and sip coffee while you watch the sunset.
9. Watch A Martial Art Form In Thekkady
Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art form practiced in Kerala which includes kicks, strikes, weaponry and more. Many centres in Kerala offer an hour-long demonstration of the art form in its very theatrical form. This performance can be experienced at the Kadathanadan Kalari centre in Thekkady and at Kochi too.
10. Visit Fort Kochi Area
Fort Kochi is a bustling city in the old town of Kochi. With numerous cafes and restaurants, this town is vibrant and cheerful. You can take a stroll while admiring the graffiti and have a look at the Chinese fishing nets along the coast that have been used for many decades and is still as strong.
Which of these is your most preferred activity in Kerala?