If you are planning a trip to Kerala, you would not want to miss the top travel experiences in Kerala that make it one of the “50 Must Visit Places in a Lifetime” in the list compiled by National Geographic Traveller. Here we are with a list of top things to do in Kerala, a collection of authentic travel experiences a visitor should have to know the essence of Kerala, its lifestyle and culture and what makes Kerala one of the top tourist destinations in India.
1. Stay In A Luxury Tree House
Kerala visit would be incomplete if you don’t opt to stay in one of the eco-friendly tree houses. There are various resorts and hotels that have special accommodation package available. Before making bookings, make sure you mark for a treehouse stay in Kerala. Among the treehouses in Kerala, Vythiri Resorts in Wayanad is of particular renown.
Not just it offers eco-friendly premium stay in tree houses but this fine resort in Kerala is also renowned for authentic Ayurvedic therapies.
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2. Do The Cruise-In Traditional Rice Barge Or Ketuvallams (Houseboats)
Don’t leave your Kerala tour experience void by not enjoying the cruise in Ketuvallams. These houseboats are beautifully designed and provided with all basic amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.
A ride along the palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala amidst the gentle lapping of water and the tranquil surroundings is an experience as romantic as it gets, No wonder Kerala is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India.
Thus, you can enjoy the setting of nature alongside as the houseboat transverse from one point to the other.
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3. Evening Kathakali Performance
To complement your Kerala tour, get absorbed in the cultural richness of the state. Enjoy traditional dance Kathakali performance in the evening. In Kerala, there are various resorts that arrange such traditional performance for its guests.
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4. Tusker Trail (Elephant Ride)
The list goes unending on a Kerala tour. Tusker trail is something that makes Kerala tour different from others. Elephants have beautifully decorated the guide accompanies with you as you ride the elephant through the wandering lanes in Kerala.
5. Sipping In Fine Tea
Tea plantation is something that adds to the identity of the Kerala state. As you enjoy the nature trail along with the rich green tea estates, the strong aroma of the tea leaves absorbs you in an enticing experience. Along with your walk, you can stop and sip some of the finest flavors of tea. You can also purchase a sample of tea that delights you.
6. Visit The Nilgiri Tahr
On your visit to Kerala, do not miss to plan an excursion to the Eravikulam National Park (Munnar) and spot Nilgiri Tahr. These are mountain goats, friendly in nature, and you can take their pictures as well as pat them.
7. Pin A Jasmine In Your Hair
To indulge in the real Keralite experience, do not forget to pin a jasmine string in your hair. This is majorly done by the local women to adorn their hair. Ladies generally pin it with open hair, braids, or bun. This would be your top things to do in Kerala if you want to walk with the fragrance of local lifestyle and culture.
8. Savor An Uppu Maanga
If you love to try the food of different origin, Kerala’s culinary delights are sure to be tried. Along with the main course, try the Uppu Maanga (Uppumanga), which is prepared from tender mangoes, preserved in brine for several months.
9. Kerala Boat Festival
Vallam Kalli or the snake boat race is the popular Boat Festival in Kerala, organized each year, to celebrate Onam – the harvest festival. To enjoy the celebration, visit places like Aranmula on Pamba River, Papiyad near Quilon and Thayathangadi near Kottayam. Here, you will find locals in full grace and vigor.
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10. Relish A Sadhya
The variety in South Indian cuisine enthralls food lovers. Enjoy a Sadhya, which is a multi-course platter of rice, spicy pickles, 12-15 vegetarian preparations, crispy banana chips, plantains, crunchy guruvayoor pappadums and a desert named payasam. The meal would be served on a plantain leaf and eaten with fingers.
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11. Add Spice To Life In Kerala
Kerala is also dubbed as ‘land of spices’. The travel destination showcases a volley of spices to choose from. You can get hold of them in sachets or as spice souvenirs. On your way back home, do not miss to take some popular spices, such as cinnamon, turmeric, and coriander, to add them to your domestic dishes. They are sure to win you a compliment.
12. Go For An Ayurvedic Massage
One of the major draws of Kerala especially during monsoon is the Ayurveda. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Indian art of healing and wellness, Ayurvedic Resorts in Kerala have become a hub for Ayurveda in India. In fact, Ayurveda has now become one of the top things to do in Kerala.
Kerala is famous for meditation centers, herbal diets, yoga sessions, and Vedic cures. Whilst your stay you must experience treatments in Ayurveda in Kovalam. Famous Ayurvedic resorts here are Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort and Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort.
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13. Go For Bird Watching
As the land is filled with lush greenery, the land also offers shelter to various native and migratory birds. The species that you can spot here include the herons, spot egrets, teak, Siberian stork and other numerous varieties. The bird sanctuaries in Kerala are the best place to spot them. The photograph is a must as you hear them sing.
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