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Top 10 Amazing Things to Do In Kerala

If you are traveling to Kerala and wondering what is there to do and to see, here is a list of things we have on the platter for you. Please read on and be well-informed.




“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien


On the Indian Malabar Coast, there is a tropical destination which is very popular amongst tourists. The name of the state is Kerala or God’s Own Country. The culture here is very distinctive and the setting around is very picturesque. Kerala is unique and a total contrast to the fast paced world in the modern era. It is a place where you can come and unwind and relax, quite similar to Tahiti or Bali. With that being said, there are plenty of places in Kerala where you can do yoga sessions and enjoy the wellness sessions by Ayurveda Retreat Kerala. And although the state is laid back in many ways, there is no shortage of things that you can do. So without much ado here are the top ten things to do in Kerala. Please read on and be well-informed.

1. Cruise the backwaters

If you have come to Kerala, you would know that the trip would not be complete without you having to experience the famous backwaters of Kerala. Dotted with palms all along, the landscape is beautiful and thriving with diverse wildlife. There are even villages and houses that dot the backwaters through and through, taking you into another world altogether. You would find so much of peace and tranquility on one of the cozy houseboats, which makes it a perfect romantic getaway too.

2. Visit a local spice plantation in Kerala

You can visit the tea plantations in Kerala for sure, but do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the spice plantations; after all you are in the Garden of Spices, isn’t it? Devote an afternoon to spending and exploring the spice plantations of Kerala. Kerala was very famous at one time for the black pepper trade it held, and if you are in Periyar, you would come across all sorts of spices being grown here. Some of the famous spices here grown are cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.

3. Experience an ayurvedic treatment

For more than 5000 years, Ayurveda which is an ancient Indian healing tradition has held strong roots in Kerala. It also combines lifestyle practices with healthy eating and yoga. There are many ayurvedic spas and resorts dotting Kerala all over, thanks to the favourable climes and the abundant supply of medicinal plants. Enjoy panchkarma or body detox when you make a trip to any of the Ayurveda Retreat India centers. Your liver would get purged through the treatment and the body gets renewed as well.

4. Take a hike into the Periyar jungle

The Periyar jungle is located in the middle of the famous Western Ghats, and is well known for the wonderful wildlife sanctuary it has. Over here, jungle walks are the most famous tours to go on. You would see wildlife thriving in its natural habitat, and you can expect to encounter varied types of wildlife here as well. Some of which are the monkeys, over two hundred and sixty species of birds, giant squirrels and the famous Asian elephants too. So book yourself on a jungle tour and immerse your senses into the wildlife this part of Kerala has to offer.

5. Watch a Kathakali performance

It is a very unusual and a very ancient dance drama form which is traditional to the state. The costumes are very elaborate and the dance movements are very subtle, which tell a powerful Hindu mythological story through the act. Performers are made to undergo intense training, which include many hours of eye exercises. You can stop by the famous Cochin Cultural Center or the well-known Kerala Kathakali Center to watch a show.

6. Fort Kochi should be explored

Kochi is a very historical city which has a bustling port and is known for the use of the Chinese fishing nets too. It has made its name appear on the ancient spice route too. In this day and age, there are many signs of the grandeur and the heritage that you can discover. And it is best explored by foot or by going on walking tours of the Fort Kochi. You must go to the fort at sunset to capture beautiful images of the evening sky and the fishing nets.

7. Watch the famous snake boat race

Each year when the monsoons hit Kerala, the state comes alive with the famous snake boat race. These are one hundred and forty feet long boats shaped like canoes with around one hundred and ten rowers in each of them racing along the inland waterways. Every village has its own customized snakeboat, and it varies in size and the styles too. Both the building of these boats and the celebration of the events brings the community together. In this day and age, snake boat races can be compared to Olympic events, since they have their own respective leagues and tournaments.

8. Bird watching is a must in Kumarakom

There are hundreds of species of birds in Kerala and the state is quikly developing into India’s premier bird watching destination too. You may or may not be an avid bird watcher, but heading out to one of the bird watching journeys would be a great way to appreciate the scenery around and the beautiful landscapes too, along with wildlife and nature. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is one of the best places to try and watch birds in their natural habitat.

9. Attend one of the temple festivals

The highlight of these temple festivals in Kerala would be the prized animal, the elephant. Here the locals pay tribute to the presiding God or Goddesses local to them. There are large processions taken where elephants are dressed up in all the finery, and there are drummers and musicians belting out numbers too, while the colorful floats carry the deities around. It is at Palakkad and Thrissur where the largest of the temple festivals happen, but there are smaller temples that also offer the same glee and festive joy, if you happen to be one of them who do not like too much crowd and noise.

10.Laze around on the beaches of Kerala

The state may not be very famous for the beaches it has, but it has a stunning coastline for beach babies to enjoy at. There is plenty of soft sand and Indian sunshine, which lends a laid back appeal to the beaches of Kerala. If you like to party by the beaches, you should be heading towards Kovalam. And if you want to just find peace, tranquility and practice yoga on the beach, the best place to do so and unwind or relax would be at the Marari beach.


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We hope you liked these ten ideas on Things to Do in Kerala? If you are coming here for the first time, do ensure that you do your research on the places you would like to visit and things you want to do, in advance. Good luck!