My suggestions on the best things to do in Kerala
Kerala is a land of diverse experiences. From the budget to the luxury, from the hills to the sea – there’s something here for every kind of traveler. In my travels across Kerala, I’ve had many memorable experiences. So here’s my list of top 8 things to do in Kerala.
- Live local: The best way to enjoy Kerala is by blending in with the locals. So book yourself a homestay, take local transport that is far cheaper than private cars and gorge on local cuisines like beef chilly fry and Kerala parottas.
- Take a bicycle tour: Kochi, in particular, is a wonderful little town to explore at your own pace. Let go of the mad city rush and hire a cycle to discover the neighborhood and its quiet lanes, busy beach promenade and idyllic architecture.
- Chinese fishing nets: The Chinese fishing nets are unique to Kochi and are one of the biggest attractions here. You can even ask the local fisherman to make you a part of their crew and allow you to pull one of the nets from the water. So absolutely check this out!
- Culture- vulture: After soaking in the sights of the sea, head to the Kerala Cultural Center to watch a Kathakali performance. Observing the artists narrate stories through their dance and facial expressions, will make you truly believe that one does not need words to express.
- Kovalam beach: Kovalam is one of the most ‘Chill out’ beaches in India, and that should be the topmost reason for anyone to come here. You can go surfing, eat delicious food at the shacks, sip cold beers, shop for trinkets, or simply sit by the sea and feel rejuvenated.
- Athirapally waterfalls: Known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’, Athirapally is one of the most popular and famous waterfalls in India. Many movie sequences have been shot here, like Baahubali and Dil se. The small walk to the fall is fairly treacherous, but the view is definitely worth it.
- Poovar: A small tourist town in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, Poovar attracts tourists all throughout the year. Surrounded by the ocean, palm trees, and the backwaters, Poovar is the definition of the ideal Kerala experience. You can stay at one of the many luxurious accommodations by the sea, take boat rides in the backwaters or go for a swim on the Poovar beach.
- Ayurvedic massage: Kerala’s Ayurvedic massage is famous all over the world, so if you’re here, don’t forget to get yourself a relaxing ayurvedic massage.
This list is just some of the many off-beat things to do in Kerala, but it isn’t an exhaustive one. I’m planning my next trip soon and look forward to sharing some more stories from here, especially about the tea estates in Munnar, backwaters of Alleppey, the natural forests in Thekkady and the glorious temple towns around Thrissur.
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