Nestled in the Malabar coast of India, Kerala is aptly dubbed ‘God’s Own Country’. Needless to say, Kerala’s landscape and beauty leaves an indelible mark on every visitor who decides to spend a few days in the glory and grandeur of this place.
While the backwaters and lush greenery add an unparalleled peace and quiet to Kerala, the rich culture and heritage lend joy and excitement to this land. Thus, it is no surprise that every traveler finds something to their liking in Kerala. Whether it is laying on the beach at leisure or going around trying to explore the history of this place, Kerala has too many elements to make your vacation unforgettable. In order to help you experience the aforementioned things, we have come up with a few reasons to keep Kerala on your top most priority while picking your next tourist destination.
• Climate and Environment
One of the many reasons for Kerala’s popularity as a tourist destination is the lush greenery that accentuates its beauty. Even though advancement and urbanization have found their way in plenty of cities here, Kerala has somehow managed to preserve its flora in a beautiful way. This not only adds to its aesthetic appeal but also makes the air so clean and easy to breathe that people experience a remarkable change from the clamor and commotion of city life.
Kerala has a diverse climate owing to the diversity in its geography. While the high ranges remain cold throughout the year, the plains experience hot and humid weather conditions. Nevertheless, the climate here is generally pleasant and you can plan a vacation depending on the type of season that befits you.
• Art, Culture & Heritage
Kerala’s culture is a mix of Indian and Dravidian culture. This finds expression in the various art forms prevalent here. Kerala is particularly famous for its vibrant Kathakali performances (a dance form that combines opera, ballet, masque and pantomime) which you can enjoy at Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kerala Kalamandalam, Folklore Museum and Navarasa Kathakali Centre. Kalaripayattu is another famous martial art form that involves the synchronization of mind and body.
You will also lay your hands on a beautiful collection of art and crafts as Kerala is famous for its carvings in Rosewood and Sandalwood, coconut shells, coir carpets, cane furniture, metal jewellery and granite statutes. A very popular handicraft item here is the wooden face of a Kathakali dancer available in several colors, shapes and sizes.
• Colorful Festivals
The vibrant and exciting festivals are another reason to plan a trip to Kerala without any second thoughts. Kerala enjoys celebration and merriment throughout the year; however, if you want to plan a vacation to experience a festival in its full tide, you should come here around July-September when the Kerala Boat Festival takes place. The backwaters come to life when the snake shaped boats match the rhythm of old songs sung in full zest and volume. Onam is another festival celebrated in full swing here as it marks the arrival of King Mahabali. The city looks splendid around this time of the year as houses are elaborately decorated with flowers ten days before the actual day. The highlight of this festival is the delicacies served on plantain leaves. A lot of people think about colorful masked faces dancing to beautiful rhythms when they think about Kerala. This is a part of an 800 year old festival celebrated between April –December in which mythological tales of India are depicted through people dressed up as deities.
The backwaters of Kerala also known as Kerala backwaters is considered to be one among the most beautiful and popular tourism destinations across the world. The backwaters provide a great opportunity to sit back and appreciate the beauty of nature. Quaint houseboats glide across lagoons and lakes flanked by towering palm trees. These houseboats are like floating cottages designed to accommodate tourists and provide them an unparalleled experience of the beauty of Kerala. Food is provided on board by the skilled chefs who know how to present the Kerala cuisine in just the right way. The best places to enjoy a backwater cruise or houseboat are Alleppy, Kumarakom, Kollam, Kasarsgod and Kuttanad.
• Ayurvedic Treatments
Kerala is renowned and trusted for its Ayurvedic massages and treatments and it goes without saying that your holidays in Kerala would be incomplete without experiencing the benefits of it. This oldest form of medicine focuses on a holistic approach to health and living. Kairali-The Ayurvedic Healing Village, situated amidst the lush greenery in Palakkad is renowned for its Ayurvedic treatments and massages by experts in this field. The best way to relax and unwind after an exciting tour of Kerala is to indulge in a treatment that befits your interest. These massages and treatments are known to ease and cure several ailments as well.
• Pristine Beaches
Kerala also qualifies as an ultimate holiday destination because of the wide variety of beaches present here. These untouched and tranquil beaches provide the perfect space to laze around, go for a romantic stroll or just enjoy the extraordinary views with your family or friends. Apart from stunning views, the Vizhinjam Beach also gives a glimpse of the local fishing culture. This beach is located very close to Trivandrum and gives a beautiful peep into the local culture and traditions of Kerala. Some other beaches that should definitely be on your Kerala itinerary are the ones in Kovalam, Kappad, Kannur,Varkala, Cherai, Marari and Bekal.
• Picturesque Hill Stations
If you have had enough of the beaches, Kerala offers a beautiful change in its hill stations. Wayand will entice you with its thick cover of rainforests and the mist-clad mountains. Ideal for a weekend getaway, this place also has sprawling spice plantations and a variety of adventure sports to indulge in. Munnar is particularly famous for its tea plantations and tea museum that will take you through the history of tea plantations in Kerala. Athirappilly is a lesser known hill station famous for its 80-feet high waterfall that is often compared to Niagara falls by many people. A few other hill stations known for their beauty are Vagamon, Ponmudi, Silent Valley, Idukki, Peermedu and Gavi.
• Food and Cuisine
Kerala is also a popular tourist destination because of its unique food and presentation style. The locals and many restaurants serve the meal on a big green banana leaf along with a refreshing accompaniment called toddy (palm wine). This state is known to serve some of the most delicious and freshest seafood in the country. Kerala cuisine is a major highlight among travelers and tourists from other parts of the world. Some other items that have been popular among tourists are appam with stew, puttu and ghee roast with sambar.
The aforementioned pointers might give you an inkling of what Kerala has in store for you, however, if you have a specific idea for your vacations in Kerala, you must opt for customized Kerala tour guides. With a plethora of options to choose from, Kerala promises to entice every traveler and tourist who plan a stay or vacation here. For more information on how to plan your Kerala tour, you may get in touch with Kerala Holidays.