UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN KERALA
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As there are a number of places to visit in Kerala that have historical and mythological importance, the best things to do in this region are also a matter of importance. And that’s why, here we are, to assist you with the same.
Pull your socks, as this article is going to unfold the best of things to engage within the very own ‘Gods Own Country’, the state of Kerala, India.
HOUSEBOATING IN ALLEPPEY
In Alleppey, there are several options for houseboating which is one of the best activities to choose in Kerala. Having a freshly prepared meal while traveling through the tranquil backwaters and enjoying the lush green scenario gives the best experience of your life.
The boat here can accommodate the whole family and also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks. Reservation prior to the visit is advisable.
The prices here differ between Rs 6500 – 11,500.
JUNGLE SAFARI THROUGH PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
One of the most astounding activities in Kerala is a jeep ride through the wildlife sanctuary of Periyar. Thekkady should always be on the first list of the places to visit in Kerala. Thekkady is known for its fauna, forest cover, aquatic life, and mammals. This Jungle ride covers the panorama view of the town Idukki. The lush green landscape, vegetable farm, Mullaperiyar Dam, the sprawling vineyards and if you are lucky enough, you will see the endangered lion and tailed macaques there. You could make this activity a combination of overnight camping in a treehouse or a tent.
The jeep ride would be approximately Rs 1800 per person.
The alternative to jeep ride would be taking a ferry in the Periyar lake which is going to be as delightful as it seems.
TREEHOUSE IN WAYANAD
This is again one of the best options to do in Kerala. With such a beautiful atmosphere, who wouldn’t thrive to nestle for a few days amidst the forest, merging oneself to nature. Other activities to get engaged in while accommodating yourself in a treehouse are rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, and nature walks.
Wayanad in Munnar is the best destination to get closer to nature in its purest form. The treehouse stay begins with the prices of Rs 10,000. Prior bookings might help you save some money.
ELEPHANT SAFARI IN KODANAD
Have you always admired elephants? Then head over to “Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary” which is 42 km from Kochi. This place will be an amazing spot for Elephant lovers. Several activities like elephant safari, elephant bathing, watching baby elephants on their daily chores, elephant feeding are available here for you to experience.
One of the most delightful scenarios to watch here will be the cute baby elephants spraying water on each other and playing around.
The rate varies from Rs 350 to 1500 per person, which depends upon the time and activities that are involved.
RURAL EXPERIENCE IN KUMBALANGI
Are you craving for an authentic village experience then head over to “Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village”. This village is just 14 km away from the Ernakulam Railway Station. You can reach there by public or private transport without much trouble.
There are numerous inexpensive homestays that you can book for the stay. There are several activities to experience such as fishing, canoeing in mangrove forests, crab farming, exploring local paddies that are cultivating, and many more.
ARCHITECTURAL TOUR AT FORT KOCHI
Kochi being a popular port destination in Kerala makes it a must-visit the place to admire the architecture of the dominant forces once Kochi has encountered. Influences of Chinese, British, Dutch, Arabs, Portuguese are definitely still enthralling the beauty of Fort Kochi. Taking a walking tour or a bicycle trip and exploring the lanes of Kochi is the best choice as you will come across a number of beautiful architectural buildings that will make you static and keep you admiring.
A few of the important stops include Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese fishing nets, Jewish synagogue, Indo Portuguese Museum, and Kochi beach fort.
DRENCH YOURSELVES IN ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS
The gorgeous, 80 – feet tall Athirapally Waterfalls, today is known as the “Niagara Falls of India” which is 55 km away from the Kochi International Airport is a must to observe things in Kerala. This spot is easily reachable by private or public transport.
June to September is an ideal time to visit this place. The monsoon season gives it a beautiful force that will make you awestruck. Even though there are not many activities to do here, getting drenched in this waterfall will be enough to remember throughout your life.
BIKE RIDING IN IDUKKI
The breathtaking windy roads that take you up and down the hills are best experienced in two-wheelers. There are three best routes to travel to different spots in Idukki. The best route to witness the marvel Idukki Arch Dam is via Pala.
[ Kottayam – Pala – Thodupuzha – Kulamavu ]
This thrilling bike ride is sure to rejuvenate your mind and body.
BAMBOO RAFTING IN PERIYAR LAKE
One of the most popular forest reserves of Kerala is “Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary” which gives you a unique experience of bamboo rafting on the Periyar Lake. This short ride will take you through the immense greenery of the forest and deeper wilderness which lets you personally explore the flora and fauna in a closer manner.
If you are really lucky, be ready to spot wild elephants and tigers while rafting through the forest reserve. This offbeat experience is definitely a good choice to make while visiting Kerala.
WATCH KATHAKALI AT VARKALA
One of the tremendous art forms of Kerala is Kathakali. Portraying ancient stories or through the unmatchable postures and expressions is the key statement to define this art form. And visiting Kerala without tasting the cultural mode of Kerala is not so appreciated.
Earlier, it was believed that this beautiful dance form emanated the rivalry between the two kings.
So head over to Varkala and witness yourself the unbeatable form of art Kerala holds. After tiring sightseeing, spend your night watching an enchanting Kathakali performance in Varkala.
IRINGAL CRAFTS VILLAGE
Iringa Crafts village is situated on the banks of River Chaliyar, which is spread over 20 acres. Artisans and craftsmen here are really welcoming and friendly. They display their work of art and also sell it to the tourists.
Buying some souvenirs won’t be a loss for sure, because it will also help to grow the local community here in better terms and will also be able to flourish the Iringal handicrafts.
Kalaripayattu is a genus of martial arts that was invented by Kerala. It is believed to be 3000 years old traditional art.
Chinese genus of martial arts namely Shaolin is believed to have originated from this art form. Kalaripayattu bout will take you through the history of Kerala. Even though this form is in an endangering phase, it still prevails as a form of dance or fitness choice. And here it is the compiled list to make your visit a memorable one in Kerala.
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