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What’s so special about Kerala that makes it the one and only god’s own country in India and the world? Kerala is the tourist location of a lifetime, rated as one of the ten best destinations in Asia and one among the fifty must-see places of the world.
One of the fastest growing tourist states in the country, Kerala is a haven of unique geographical features that offer overwhelmingly memorable nature experiences. This narrow strip of land situated at the south western coast of the country is the scenic land of coconut trees, cool backwaters, lush hills, green landscape, and soothing ayurveda – a state of natural splendour.
The state is a fine blend of the classic and the contemporary, offering a wonderful kaleidoscope of fascinating history, rich culture, unique architecture, interesting customs and more. Its intricately woven tapestry is made up of picturesque hill stations, meandering lagoons, jungle waterfalls, rejuvenating ayurvedic packages, spicy sea food, exotic wildlife, vibrant art forms, dynamic boat races, sacred pilgrimage places and so on.
From the tourism point of view, the adventurous traveler in Kerala can indulge in numerous outdoor activities such as swimming, sea-surfing and water-sporting along beaches shore-lining the Arabian Sea, paragliding over the lofty hills of the western ghats, and staying atop trees inside thick jungles ; other options include leisure-cruising in cozy houseboats in the blue-green backwaters and luxury cruise tourism, engaging in cooking and farming along with the hosts at a pleasant homestay, getting entertained at the local fair, watching the colourful art forms unfold at the temple festival; giving in to the relaxing feel at the ayurvedic spa etc.
The unique variety of attractions in Kerala ensures that this tropical south Indian state is high on the list of people’s places to see in India. Its unique culture and extremely picturesque setting, which contrasts with the fast-paced modern world, make Kerala the perfect destination for relaxing and rejuvenating! Don’t miss these top Kerala attractions and things to do.
The land of lush green landscapes surrounded by pristine blue waters, ‘Gods Own Country –Kerala’ is a perfect destination for nature lovers for a romantic getaway. Apart from the surreal natural surroundings, this state has a lot to offer. Some of the must visit cities include, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Bekal, Palakkad, Munnar and Tekkady.
The state is known for its numerous Ayurvedic spas which offer a range of signature treatments. Kerala is know for its 5000 year old tradition of practicing Ayurveda which has been passed down many generations and is today popular across India and internationally. This is the best way to unwind while on your honeymoon. Head for a couple spa and rejuvenate yourself with relaxing traditional oil massage.
It is a treat for seafood lovers; being a coastal state Kerala boasts of some of the most mouthwatering seafood and freshwater delicacies. The lavish use of coconut is seen in most of the local preparations as it is the most commonly grown fruit in the state. Do not miss the little fisher boats which sell the freshest catch including lobsters and crabs to all the houseboats. This is surely a good buy hence make sure you don’t miss this experience! The culinary team on the house boat will be glad to cook this to your preferred style.
While there are tons of options for non-vegetarians the vegetarians need not worry as there are plenty of vegetarian delicacies the state has to offer.
Go out on an all day fishing trip with the locals and come back with treasures. Many resorts and house boats will also offer to cook your catch for dinner the same day.
Spend a night or two on the houseboat sailing on the serene backwaters amidst the coconut palms and beautiful landscapes. This is one thing you must not miss. In case you can’t do this, the other option would be to sail on one of the sunset cruises through the canals of the backwaters.
Take a stroll along the lovely terraced tea plantations in Munnar and enjoy the tasting sessions which some of the estates offer. You can also visit the famous spice gardens in Munnar and buy some freshly picked spices.
If you like outdoor activities, this is something you must surely not miss! Enjoy one of the most unique experiences of bathing an elephant. This is an activity very unique to Kerala and this attracts a lot of tourists.
Kerala is blessed with heavy showers and hence you can experience some of the most wonderful waterfalls here during the monsoons. You can even spot lot of them while you drive along. Plunge under one of them to truly enjoy the monsoon in Kerala.
God’s Own Country, Kerala, has caught the imagination of the international traveller as never before. Kerala’s natural bounties, its arts and crafts, dance and music, food, and traditional treatment and rejuvenation practices have become unique selling propositions to attract different target groups around the world.