When we think about Kerala, most of us remember the verdant hills of Munnar and the houseboat ride through the azure waters of Aleppey. But, Kerala offers more than that. There are many hidden gems in “God’s Own Country”. Let’s explore what else Kerala offers for a connoisseur traveler like you!
1. Rich Culture and Heritage
Apart from the scenic beauty, Kerala is the home of rich cultural experience. The long lasted colonialism and many invasions has made permanent impact on Kerala in terms of its culture and heritages.
Kerala has many Churches, Temples & Mosques with an origin dated back to many centuries ago. The architecture exudes the influence of many foreign influence in the making. Many of the Churches & Temples are worth a visit, especially for the historic enthusiastic.
2. A Foodie’s Paradise.
If you are a non-vegetarian foodie, Malabar is the region you should visit in Kerala, especially during Ramzan!!! Yummy, that is the only word apt for the taste of Malabar cousin.
Here goes a list of must try recipes in Kerala- Kallumakkaya fry (Mussel fry), Kerala style fish molee, Karimeen fry, Parotta with beef curry, Banana fry etc. If you are somewhere near to Cochin, don’t forget to visit Kayees Biriyani !
3. Village Experience
Kerala offers a unique chance to travelers who wants to experience village life in real. Home stays enables travelers to have a better understanding of Kerala culture and the way a typical Keralan family lives.
Kerala Villages often gives you a chance to escape from the bustle and bustles of city life and to re discover oneself in the serenity of nature.
4. Onam, a Festival of Colors
Onam is the festival which evokes a gush of nostalgia in most of the Keralite. A festival which is synonymous with “Sadya” – traditional vegetarian meals is celebrated across Kerala irrespective of cast and creed. This is the only time to see the colorful “Athappokkalam” (Floral Carpets) in front of most of the homes across Kerala.
You can also witness the grandiose snake boat races especially Aranmula boat race which proclaims the traditions of Kerala.
Pulikali is yet another visual feast during Onam time. Imagine seeing hundreds of men painted like tigers all over their body and imitating the steps of a tiger!
5. Ayurvedic Treatments
Monsoon is the best time to do an Ayurveda treatment and Kerala is the most suitable place to do so. Get an authentic Ayurveda treatment which would de stress your mind and body.
This monsoon, take a break from your mundane city life and come to Kerala to get a Panchakarma treatment and rejuvenate your body and soul.
6. Tree houses
You would have stayed in exotic resorts across the globe. But have you ever stayed on a tree house? If not, you are missing out a lot of fun and excitement. Kerala is known for the luxury tree houses.
Perched on the big trees, the tree house offers you the best of luxury and nature. Think about sipping a cup of coffee along with your loved one on a rainy day on a tree house! Nothing else can compare the sheer excitement it offers.
7. Performing arts
If you are a performing art lover, there are many things you can expect from Kerala. UNESCO has officially recognized “Koodiyattam” a traditional performing art of Kerala as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Kalamandalam is the place you should visit if you love to see different art being taught.
8. The high ranges, Western Ghats
Western Ghats is a majestic mountain ranges spread across Kerala and is the home of many rare species. With its abundance of wildlife, Western Ghats has many national parks and reserved forest across it and offers many trekking and camping options for the adventure freaks.
Plantation tourism is at its best across Western Ghats.
Kerala has a long stretch of seashore and has some exotic and clean beaches where you can get your sun tan. The famous beaches in Kerala are Kovalam (close to Trivandrum), Varkkala (famous among foreigners), Mararikkulam (if you are looking for a less crowded, peaceful beach which offers some luxury stay options) and Cherai. Muzhappilangadu is Kerala’s only drive in beach and is situated in the Malabar region of Kerala.