Kerala

Kerala

Coconuts and kalari, synagogues and backwaters, seafood and kathakali. There’s much more to Kerala than the swaying palm trees make it out to be.Tranquil backwaters make this ‘the’ tourist destination of the country with houseboats marking picture-postcard views across the waterway. Erstwhile nude beaches of Kovalam now make way for Kerala’s own slice of Goa on its shoreline in Varkala and the serene Mararikulam. Head over to the Western Ghats with its ecologically diverse treasures and spectacular tea gardens.

Variety is the spice of life. And tourism in Kerala is a fine example. From the serene backwaters and misty hills to ancient architecture and impressive wildlife, God’s Own Country offers a truly diverse travel experience. How do you pick the best? If you have 10 days for a Kerala tour, we suggest you do...

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fish curry Kerala Food

The land of exotic spices. Ginger, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, chillies, turmeric, coriander and cumin seeds lend a unique flavour and aroma to Kerala food. Not to forget, the omnipresent coconut, curry leaves and tamarind. Let’s look at some of the much-loved Kerala dishes that have admirers across the globe! The Sadya experience What’s the...

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Munnar is, often, presented as a one-day destination to be covered among a bouquet of Kerala destinations. However, this scenic hill station located on the Western Ghats, in Idukki district, deserves more of your time. Given its strategic location at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level, there’s no dearth of vistas. To make...

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Mattupetty Munnar

When three mountain streams conspire to make you hold your breath on the road uphill in God’s Own Country, there is definitely a dream destination ahead. Located at an altitude of 5,200 ft above sea level, in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar offers an ideal getaway. Wondering what’s the best time to visit Munnar?...

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Wayanad

If you think Kerala is only about the dreamy backwaters and rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages think again! One of the most beautiful hill stations in South India, Wayanad is located amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats in God’s Own Country. From prehistoric caves and heart-shaped lakes to revered temples and wild animals, this popular...

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Coconut palms and seafood, Dutch churches and Jewish synagogues, spices and culture, Kochi is so much more than just another city here in Gods Own Country. Right from the time of the great flood of 1340 AD, when the Periyar River destroyed the great trading port at Kodungallur to create a natural harbour a few...

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Alleppey Houseboat Backwaters

The picture on every postcard, the first image that pops up on a search engine for Gods Own Country, Alleppey is the hotbed for a huge network of backwater canals and those amazing houseboats. The ultimate tourist destination, Alleppey does tend to get rather crowded in season time with houseboat traffic causing lengthy queues along...

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Periyar TRiger Reserve

Complete with spice plantations, tea gardens, a wildlife sanctuary and a thriving indigenous tribe population, Thekkady is a traveller’s delight. The Periyar Tiger Reserve here is the area’s main attraction. Most resorts and hotels centre around the town of Kumily, a mere stone’s throw away from the reserve. Probably the only reserve in the world...

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Kovalam Beach

Tranquil immaculate beaches, often isolated enough that you’re the only person walking on the shore with the odd local walking home, Kovalam was once renowned for spotless beaches and its endless shore-line. The hippies, however, ‘discovered’ the secret hideaway that Kovalam beach is back in the 1970s, and tourism here hasn’t looked back since. Significantly...

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Trivandrum Sunset

Formerly a trade hub for spices, sandalwood and ivory, Trivandrum which was called the ‘evergreen city of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi is now an immense IT nest contributing to nearly 80% of the state’s software exports. Ranked as one of the best cities in Kerala to live in, it is mainly used by tourists as...

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