Have you set your sights on a vacation in Kerala? The state has no dearth of locations or activities so click your seat belts on and enjoy the ride.
What are the best ways to spend your days in Kerala, you ask. Well, each region in the coastal state gives you a myriad of activities to do.
Houseboat Rides in Alleppey
Alleppey is one of the most sought after places by tourists. The region is interspersed with canals and waterways and luscious greenery that will sooth your eyes. You can hire a houseboat and spend your day floating lazily through the Kerala backwaters, and be treated to delicious freshly caught fish and local cuisine. Houseboats are like floating villas and are big enough to accommodate you, your family and your friends, and will serve you with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Safaris in Munnar
Munnar is a hill station favoured by tourists who visit the state during summers. Munnar also houses national forests and reserve parks, so you could go for a spot of trekking, hiking and safaris. The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is home to the endangered NilgiriThar, whom you can spot grazing in the hills if you rent a jeep for safari.
Tree Houses in Thekkady
Enjoy a stay in a tree house in the outskirts of a jungle in Thekkady. The night time jungle melodies and evening forest life will enchant you and help you be close to nature. You can also go for activities like rappelling, rock climbing and trekking into these forests.
Trekking in Waynad
Waynad is also home to national parks and wildlife, and you will be able to go for wildlife sightings, jeep safaris as well as trekking. The trek to Chembra Peak in Waynad is a popular trek, which many tourists set their sights on. There is a heart shaped lake at the top of the hill, and the view is highly scenic.
Spice Tour in Thekkady or Munnar
Take a spice tour, starting from Munnar and wind your way up to Thekkady. These places are rich in spices and spice plantations and you will be treated to sprawling plantations and estates. Munnar also holds beautiful tea estates that will take your breath away. Black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the exotic vanilla are the major spices grown in these parts. Explore their farm and see how the farm life goes about its routine at close quarters.
Bird Watching in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a popular backwater filled place where tourists go hire houseboats. However, the region is also one of the best spots for bird watching and a lot of nature lovers reach Kumarakom for a glimpse of some rare species. Migratory birds like egret, heron, waterfowl, and Siberian crane can be spotted while on a boat cruise. The best season to visit Kerala and do the bird watching activity is from November to February.
Cycling in Fort Kochi
Fort Kochi is a mash up of many cultures that include the French, Dutch, and Portuguese. Cycle through the small lanes and view the culture and monuments that stand as a testament to colonial times.
Plan your vacation in Kerala based on your preferences. Happy holidays!