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Top Activities in Kerala

The coastal state of Kerala, known as Keraleeyam in the southern region of India, is fondly called “God’s Own Country”. Extremely rich in culture and traditions, this beautiful state is visited annually by many tourists. The list of attractions in Kerala is long, including backwaters and houseboats, temples, wildlife reserves, lakes, hill stations, Ayurveda centers, spas and resorts, and much more.

Kerala is a perfect holiday destination for those who love being close to nature and want a calm environment to unwind.  Every year, local and foreign travelers visit this beach state to relax, rejuvenate their tired selves, and explore its picturesque locations. But if you are one of those who like indulging in adventure activities, the state has to offer various opportunities. There are mountains, rivers, forests, and vast seas where you can indulge in adventure Kerala activities and unleash your adventurous spirit. You can enjoy wildlife viewing, camping, trekking, water sports, canoeing, and sightseeing. The place is a haven for birdwatchers, too, as it houses hundreds of avifauna species.

Best Things to do in Kerala


Trekking is a favorite activity for those, who love being close to the nature, for such people Kerala is just the place to be with excellent opportunities for trekking and camping in its deep dense forests. Munnar, Periyar, Chinnar and Parambikulam are the places where the Tourism Department of Government of Kerala has given permission for trekking. Kerala grasslands and its rocky mountains are perfect for this activity.
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Boat Races

The calm backwaters of Kerala are world-renowned for their beauty. They host an extremely popular event-the Boat Races. The list of boat races includes names like Nehru Trophy boat race at Punnamada, the Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi boat race Kuttinad, the Champakulam Moolam boat race, the Payippad Jalolsavam, etc. These races are generally organized on or around the Onam festival in various districts. During this time, Kerala witnesses high footfall.
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Tree House Holidays

The houses that are built on the top of trees are known as Tree houses. Locally known as Erumadam, these tree houses are well-equipped with every basic facility. Such houses are made up of eco -friendly materials such hay, bamboo and coir. This concept has come up from the tribal people of the region who lived in tree to save themselves from attacks of wild animals. These trees have a carpeted veranda where you can sit and enjoy the outside view. During your stay, you can enjoy a number of activities such as nature walks. Away from the city’s hustle-bustle, you can simply relax in the calm surroundings.
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You can also enjoy Golfing in Kerala. One of the most popular golf course is Trivandrum Golf Club that is a 9 -hole golf course. Bolgatty, an island in Kerala also has a small golf course near the Bolgatty Palace in a KTDC resort in Ernakulam. Then there is a naval golf course in another island in Kochi, one more bigger golf course in the High Range Club in the hill town of Munnar.
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Bamboo Rafting

In the rivers of Kerala, bamboo rafting, sailing in a boat made-up of bamboos is a popular activity. In the dense forests of Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady, you can sail from morning till evening, exploring the wildlife. During sailing, you can enjoy wildlife spotting that may include elephants, gaur and sambar, which come by the lake or the river to drink water.
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Wildlife Tour

During vacation in Kerala, one thing that you must not miss is exploring the wildlife of the region inside its deep tropical forests. The place houses a number of wildlife safaris and national parks where you can spot animal and bird species roaming freely in their natural habitat. Inside these parks, you can indulge in nature walk, jeep or elephant safari, tiger trail, wilderness camping, bamboo rafting and so on.
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Discovering Backwaters

The backwaters of Kerala are its major attraction. Every year, a large number of tourists visit Kerala to explore its calm and picturesque backwaters. The prime backwater destinations include Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kollam. Cruising on a houseboat, traditionally known as Kettuvallam, on the backwaters is an amazing experience.
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It is no exaggeration that India had introduced Ayurveda to the world and Kerala is the hub of all Ayurvedic activities. There are a number of spas, resort, private centers, hospitals, Ashrams that offer excellent Ayurvedic treatment facilities, massages and beauty treatments. Ayurveda is not only about relaxation and rejuvenation but the treatments also have healing powers that can actually cleanse your inner system. Kerala’s Ayurveda centers offer treatment for both mental and physical well-being.
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Water sports and Beaches

With its pure sun-kissed beaches, rivers and lush lagoons, Kerala is the destination to indulge in a number of activities like scuba diving, kayaking, wind surfing, para -sailing, canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, wind surfing, catamaran rides, sailing, deep-sea fishing excursions, and so on. There are a number of beach resorts and sport clubs from where you can get any of these activities arranged. Alapuzzha and Varkala beach of Kovalam are perfect for such water sports. Another major attraction is boat racing in Kerala backwaters during the Boat Festival.
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