Known as the “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is surely one of the most beautiful places in India. Kerala or Keralam is a Malayalee word made up of two parts; ‘Kera’ meaning coconut and ‘alam’ meaning land. The land of coconut trees is a destination that has something for every kind of traveller. Whether you want to sail the glistening backwaters or lose yourself in the mystical coastal greenery, Kerala is an ultimate tourist destination to experience bliss and serenity.
Kerala is surrounded by the Western Ghats that cradle majestic tea, coffee and spice plantations on one side. The other side is hemmed with a 600km Arabian sea shoreline. If you want to experience the best of both worlds, Kerala is the place for you. Head to this south Indian state to conquer the rugged mountains and relax on the sunny beaches.
Kerala is also home to some indigenous wildlife such as elephants, monkeys and tigers. The Eravikulam, Periyar and Wayanad national parks are well-known for housing various wild animals. Kerala tourism allows travellers to venture into these national parks and sanctuaries and commune with nature.
Being a tropical state, Kerala is humid throughout the year. For the ones who don’t mind some sweat, Kerala is open to them throughout the year. If you want to avoid the humidity and warm climate, December to February is the best time to take the Kerala tour. This is also the time when most tourists flock to this southern heaven.
The heat and the humidity start getting intense from the month of March. Monsoon clouds usually show up by the end of May or from the first week of June. The monsoons usually retreat by October. Travellers with a passion for monsoon adventures usually like to trek during the onset of monsoons, or in October.
Though summer is not the most popular season for Kerala tourism, the locals enjoy the warm season with a number of traditional festivals such as Maha Shivratri and Vishu. Maha Shivratri is the moonless night in March when lord Shiva’s worshippers pray all night. Vishu is a festival of lights and fireworks celebrated in mid-April. All in all, decide about your Kerala tour depending on which hue of Kerala’s climate you’d like to experience.
Kerala’s culture is influenced by three major religions of the state – Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The state livens up during all the major festivals celebrated by the people of these three faiths. If you are the artsy traveller, Kerala’s art and culture will nurture your artistic soul. Witness magnificent Kathakali and Mohiniattam performances when in Kerala and cherish the true cultural heritage of this land. Kathakali is the Indian classical dance form that depicts Indian epics and is recognised by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mohiniattam is a graceful and feminine dance form and emotes a play through music and dance. Whether you are fond of dance or not, you are sure to lose yourself in these enticing and mesmerising dance performances.
Kerala proudly upholds its local sounds and music. Music aficionados can head to a Carnatic music session and groove to the hypnotic tunes of Tanpura and Nadaswaram. Apart from music and dance, Kerala culture is also enriched with lively festivals. Onam is the most renowned and the biggest of all the festivals. It’s the harvest festival celebrated in the month of August or September. To experience Kerala in all its glory, join the Onam celebrations and relish the festive food and enjoy the spectacular ‘pulikali’ performance (the dance of the tigers).
God’s own country will never disappoint you as you won’t experience anything less than paradise. Kerala tourism will surprise you with several options to explore this tropical bliss in different ways. Float along on the backwaters of Alleppey, Periyar and Munnar and experience cloud nine while you take in the gorgeous sights and nature sounds on these backwaters. The best way to explore the backwaters is to sail on a quaint house boat. For the ones who find serenity in the woods, trek through Wayanad’s lush green jungles. You can join various trekking groups and camp in the green woods under the stars with a group of fellow trekkers.
This peaceful land won’t disappoint the adrenaline junkies either. There are many water sports one can enjoy in Kerala such as kayaking and river rafting. If you are a traveller who would like to check out off-beat tourist places in Kerala, then go on a cycling tour from Munnar and observe life up close. Kerala tourism will also offer you a chance to rejuvenate and reconnect, with Ayurveda rejuvenation tours. These tours often consist of Ayurvedic therapies, food and yoga.
To make the most of your Kerala trip, here are a few dos and don’ts.
1. Carry light luggage and clothes that dry easily if you are travelling in monsoon.
2. While shopping, keep some room for the local coffee and spices.
3. If you are going on trekking tours, carry warm clothes and good shoes as the climate in hilly regions is cool throughout the year.
4. Book your accommodation well in advance to get the best deals.
5. Try to abide by the local dressing etiquettes when visiting any tourist place in Kerala that is of religious significance.
6. If you are going for an Ayurveda rejuvenation trip, make sure that you book places that are recognized by Kerala tourism department.
1. Do not travel or step out after 7 pm in Munnar and Thekkady. Visibility is affected by the fog and wild animals often come out of the forest.
2. Do not purchase anything from unauthorised sellers.
3. Do not travel to remote or village areas at night.
SOTC offers you a wide array of Kerala Tour Packages that will help you explore Kerala. Make your choice and book one today.