Oh, the holidays! Bags all packed up, itinerary charted, camera gleaming to be carried like a satchel, geared up and set to go! But only this time, turn the route down south to the captivating Western Ghats and get ready to be wonderstruck by the little piece of a gem called Kerala.
It’s almost close to impossible to confine the infinitesimal number of things to do and see in Kerala down to 5 experiences, but with great exhaustion here’s a capsule size of 5 must-have experiences not to miss in Kerala. And don’t forget. You’ll find the best resorts in Kerala, be it budget or luxury. Book one before it’s too late.
1. Starting from the Capital
It’s always sunny in the south. Touch down on the infamous Kovalam beach with the picturesque sands and lighthouse. Travel further up to Varkala beach which itself is a fairytale. Climb up the cliff to get an unforgettable sunset view. Trivandrum has a story to tell, and it is depicted through its colonial architecture, heritage museums, art galleries, and renowned temples.
2. Venice of the East
Before you do anything further, stop and make an appointment with the houseboats. What an unfruitful trip it would be if you didn’t experience Alappuzha with all its glory! Row your way through shady canals and breathtaking backwaters. Don’t miss the scrumptious feast of seafood. And if you haven’t got enough of the backwaters then head to Kumarakom for an amalgam of Ayurveda, bird watching, and boating.
3. Spice of all Trades!
Kochi is humming and buzzing welcoming tourists and locals alike. There’s this unwritten harmony between heritage and development here. Ferry right ahead to Fort Kochi to experience the roots of the spice trade and its origin and immerse in the eye-catching reminiscence of the Portuguese-Dutch culture through the architecture influenced in the streetscape. The Queen of the Arabian Sea will also take you by breath with her exquisite palate of culturally influenced cuisine.
4. Mountains Are Calling
Let’s turn down the heat a bit by driving to the Kashmir of the South, or Munnar. It’ll sweep you off the floor. Tea plantations, lush greenery, soothing atmosphere, adventure activities, it is an unforgettable experience. If you’re a mountain kid, then visit Munnar’s fellow sisters Idukki, Thekkady, and Vagamon. And the game-changer is Wayanad. It is a whole new package altogether with its innumerable places to visit. These hill stations will forever leave a mark in your heart.
5. Food for Thought
Are you a foodie? Then look no further. Kozhikode was made for food lovers. With its equally loving people, this place is a one-stop spot for all your food cravings. Relish in the Malabar biriyani, some heavenly sulaimani, or tempting street food. You’ll be satisfied until you can eat no more.
There are still many more places to visit and experience in Kerala. The list goes on! Theyyam, Kalaripayitu, Kathakali, Pooram, Ayurveda, boat race, these are some of the many experiences that Kerala offers which will forever be remembered.
Also, as important your holiday goes, it is equally important to get a good place to stay for a memorable experience. Resorts in Kerala offer many different services to make you feel like a part of the place. Incline to heritage resorts like ‘The Village’ which will provide you with the best facilities, yet connect you with traditions.