January 9th, 2020
Have you ever wondered what would you do if you reach a land that takes away all your worries and stress? Here is the organized list of things you can enjoy doing in Kerala no matter whether you’re alone, with family or on your honeymoon: this is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beautiful places of India. You may enjoy activities like trekking, sailing, jungle safari, and much more. This city remains charismatic throughout the year, including open for many fun activities. Although it is difficult to shortlist top ten things to do in Kerala but here are some of the most amazing things you can do in ‘God’s Own Country’.
1. Kodanad (Elephant’s home):
Have you ever imagined giving a bath to elephants and watching baby elephants playing along? Kodanad elephant sanctuary is a vital attraction in Kerala. This place is 42 km away from Kochi and famous for activities like feeding elephants, elephant bath, and watching baby elephants. The price varies from Rs 350 to 1500 per person depending upon the time and the activities involved.
2. Munnar (Neelakurinji bloom):
The Eravikulam national park is known for its Neelakurinji; this is a rare and fascinating experience because these flowers bloom once in 12 years. You may enhance your trekking experience by seeing Nilgiri Tahr, which is an endangered mountain goat. This park remains closed from February to March. The ticket for an adult is Rs 55. You can also enjoy the flavor of tea during your visit to tea estates. If you have already done Everest Base Camp Trekking, this will be an unforgettable experience for you.
3. Alappuzha (Shikara rides):
The Alappuzha offers mesmerizing views of the backwaters. It is 4 hours away from Thiruvananthapuram where you can enjoy Shikara rides along with lakes, waterways, inland lagoons, and tranquil endeavor. You can experience village life here with beautiful coconut trees lining the backwaters and an array of birds making these trees their home. The ride on the double deck boat will cost you around 600 Rs without house boat.
4. Enjoy Ayurvedic treatment:
Ayurveda is around 5000 years old tradition, which combines lifestyle with healthy eating and yoga practice. Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurveda and known for its ayurvedic treatments. The warm climate of the place is suitable for the growth of medicinal plants and herbs. You can also go for Panchakarma (detoxification) treatment which involves a week’s stay. You can also take treatments for insomnia, neurological disorders, and psoriasis.
Watching Theyyam is one of the best things to do in Kerala. You can see these shows usually in front of the village shrine in the temples of north Kerala. This dance form is exceptionally beautiful, which is very popular in Kasargod and Kannur. If you get lucky you can watch this performance at the Kerala museum which is in Kochi. You can check details online to avoid any miss-out.
6. Kumarakom (Home of birds):
If you’re a nature lover, I’m sure you don’t want to miss the Kumarakom bird sanctuary which becomes home for migratory birds like heron, Siberian crane, egret, waterfowl, and boat cruise every year. It is 3 hours away from Kochi and can be easily reached by bus or taxi. November to February is the best time to enjoy houseboat stay at Vembanad Lake and bird watching. Birds that come from the northern hemisphere stay at this place on the way back to their home.
7. Varkala beach:
This beach is 50 km away from Trivandrum International Airport. The best place to visit is from December to March. You can enjoy bathing in the medicinal mineral water spring and enjoy the beautiful view of the beaches surrounded by mountains. Kerala is nearby to Varkala and every year many people comes here to join Ayurveda courses in Kerala which heel the internally and rejuvenate their soul and mind A study has shown that the water has healing and therapeutic properties.
8. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Experience the fascinating jungle safari in Kerala. This place is about 190 km away from Kochi and very famous for its diverse forest, mammals, fauna, and aquatic life. This jungle safari also includes visit to the Mullaperiyar dam, Idukki town, lush green farms, and sprawling vineyards. Along with that, you can also stay in tents or tree houses. The cost for a jeep ride is 1800 per person, and if you don't want to go for a jeep ride, you can go for a ferry ride in the lake for a delightful experience.
9. Athirapally falls (Niagara of India):
This fall is 80 feet tall and 55 km away from Kochi. This fall is also known as the Niagara fall of India. It is easily reachable from the international airport if Kochi by bus or taxi. The best time to visit this place is between June to September when the monsoon is blooming and fall flow is in its full force. Make sure you don’t litter this place and spoil its beauty.
10. Kovalam beach:
This small coastal town is a paradise in itself. Located to the south of Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam beach is internationally renowned and attracts tourists and travelers from all over the globe. When in the beach, indulge in swimming, sunbathing, Catamaran cruising and herbal massages. There are plenty of adventure activities available as well for those who need some adrenaline rush. Also, don’t forget to treat your tastebuds to some lip-smacking cuisines.
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