Popularly referred to as God’s Own Country, Kerala is one of the must-see destinations in India, for travellers from around the world. With its rich cultural traditions, immaculate natural beauty and extremely hospitable people, Kerala has successfully hosted millions of tourists’ year after year. Let’s see what makes Kerala so magnetizing and memorable.
- Invigorating Nature
Surrounded by nature, the beauty of Kerala is simply beyond verbal and visual description. It is a perfect combination of scenic allure and fascinating tourist attractions. You can bask in the warmth of the sun and soak in the tranquillity of nature, even if you are merely strolling down the streets or markets. Everything, including hotels, houseboats, buildings and houses are engulfed by greenery. Places like Munnar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Thekkady, Kovalam and Kasargod will allow you to experience and appreciate this spectacular natural beauty.
Known as the Land of Ayurveda, Kerala has gained popularity world over for its Ayurvedic treatments, beneficial for several diseases and disorders. Kochi is one of the best places to shop for Ayurvedic medicines because of its geographical location in the Western Ghats, where over 2000 medicinal plants used in Ayurveda, are found in abundance. A trip to Kerala would be incomplete without a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage. With a variety of beauty and holistic packages to choose from, you can pamper not only your body, but also your mind and soul.
Kerala is soaked in cultural traditions, be it the festivals, music, dance forms, or historic monuments. You must experience one of the most popular performing arts, Kathakali, to get a taste of this rich culture. Dating back to the 17th century, this dance form is extremely entertaining to watch. Musicians and singers narrate stories from a bygone period, while the Kathakali dancers enact them through their redolent facial expressions and hand gestures, portraying bravery and weakness, good and evil, and wealth and poverty.
The distinctive cuisine of Kerala is all about colours, flavours and aroma. With a variety of lip-smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, you are in for a gastronomic delight. Additionally, if you’d like to enjoy a tipple after your sightseeing, you may consider purchasing duty-free alcohol before your arrival, as most hotels in Southern India do not serve alcohol. Some of the places that do serve alcoholic beverages include;
- Casino Hotel (Kochi) – alcohol.
- Houseboats – Beer, Wine and soft drinks.
- Eastend Lakesong (Kumarakom) – Beer and Wine.
- Backwater Ripples (Kumarakom) – only Wine.
There is plenty to look forward to in this earthly paradise. Be it the equable climate, serene beaches, peaceful backwaters, or the exotic cuisine, Kerala will truly enchant you.