Take a stroll alongside its many beaches, experience all year-round festivities, or come up and close with its wildlife, Kerala has something in-store for each type of traveller.
It is not just by word that Kerala is called the ‘God’s Own Country’. Upon entering this Southern Indian state, the air becomes relatively pleasant and amongst the first things that attract the eyes are its coastal lines that stretch for around 650 kilometres.
With a web of world famous backwaters, Kerala offers houseboat stays overlooking the surrounding mountains. Beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, Chowara, Chavakkad, Nattika, Cherai, Kizhunna, and Poovar, amongst many others, attract celebrations of many water festivals in the state, the most popular being the snake boat race. Other than its beaches, the state is also home to picturesque waterfalls. Ideal for picnics and pre-wedding photo shoots, many of them have time and again been chosen as backdrops for various Bollywood movies.
For history, and heritage lovers, one of the best ways to spend an early morning in Kerala is to spare time for a walk near its temples. Flanked with holy places, Kerala smells of incense sticks and jasmine flowers, which are offered to deities, adding to the meditative ambience.
For those who wish to understand the culture and traditions of the state, these places of worship make for ideal trips, where the whites of the jasmine flowers have traditionally been preservers of its art and culture. Alongside, Kerala also has a rich heritage that can be explored by visiting the various forts, palaces, museums, and monuments.
Not only history enthusiasts but also animal lovers and bird-watching fanatics are in for a delight in Kerala. Kerala’s fourteen wildlife sanctuaries
, two tiger reserves, and six national parks are home to protected and endangered species like the Indian Sloth-Bear, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Indian Bison, Bengal Tiger, Nilgiri Tahr etc. Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks like the Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Bandipur National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary etc. are well-known for spotting wild elephants, and odd species of birds and tigers.
Besides the regular
Kerala is known as the ‘Home of Ayurveda’. Bordered by the Arabian Sea towards the West, and western ghats in the east, Kerala brings a blend of unique geographical features which are ideal for ayurvedic treatments.
For a unique and typical experience, visit the spice plantations, or experience the culture and local life in the area, which is probably the best souvenir one can take back. Stay within the boundless coconut fields, mud-brick cottages, with the chirping of birds waking you up, in the village-stays that various cities in Kerala offer; or steer towards the many adventurous spots for some adrenaline rushes.
With the towns of Kovalam, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Vythiri, Kumbalanghi, Bekal and Ambalavayal, initiating responsible tourism in their areas, Kerala is both a treasure for travellers.
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