Kerala is known as God’s Own Country. With such scenic beauty and so many things to do, it’s not surprising. Here are our top things to do in Kerala!
1. Cruise the Backwaters on a Houseboat
A trip to Kerala is not complete without experiencing the Kerala backwaters. The lush palm-fringed landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a houseboat cruise seem like a journey to another world. It’s a tranquil endeavor, for sure, one that can be part of a memorable romantic getaway. Book a hotel or homestay along the route to immerse yourself in the culture that surrounds these inland lagoons, lakes, and waterways.
2. Enjoy an Ayurvedic Treatment
Get an Ayurveda massage from the expert masseurs. It is a very soothing and relaxing experience for your body, mind and soul. Monsoons are the best time to get an authentic ayurveda massage. Traditionally, this is the right time to take a treatment in Ayurveda ,as the climate is suitable for treatments like Abhyangam, Ilakkizhi(Patrasweda), Podikkizhi (Choornasweda), Panchakarma, Udvarthanam (Herbal powder massage), Navarakkizhi, Ksheeradhara, Thakradhara and Pizhichil for any kind of ailments and the flora and fauna are abundantly available for any kind of Ayurveda treatment in monsoon.
3. Watch the Martial Artform, Kalaripayattu
Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art form practiced in Kerala. Featuring strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry, and even healing methods, its roots can be traced back to 2000 B.C. Attend a 60-minute fighting demonstration that includes the lighting of traditional lamps, a flower offering to a deity, and a brief introduction of the sport. With the incorporation of about 27 different weapons, there will be no shortage of excitement. Catch a performance at the Kadathanadan Kalari Center in Thekkady or book a group tour from Kochi.
4. Try Some Tea
Tea production is big business in Kerala. In fact, the state holds two of the top five tea plantations in India—Munnar and Wayanad. Explore the surrounding hills with daily hikes topped off with tea tasting. Check out the Tea Museum at Nallathanni Estate in Munnar to get a peek inside the history of tea production.