God’s own country is full of breathtaking panoramic views. Also, there is a ton to do when you enter the green landscape of Kerala. A mix of culinary experiences, beautiful beaches, serene backwaters and massages are not the only things to do in Kerala. This place has a lot more to offer.
Things to do In Kerala
Kodanad – Bathe Elephants
Can you imagine bathing an elephant? Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is one of Kerala’s main tourist attractions. 42 km from Kochi, visit there for some exciting activities, such as elephant bathing, elephant safari and elephant feeding, and watching elephant calves. Rates range from Rs 350 to 1500 / person depending on time and activities involved. It will be delicious to see cute elephants playing and splashing water on each other!
Alleppey – Stay In A Houseboat
Alleppey appears on the list of places to visit in Kerala. And while you’re there, don’t miss the experience of sailing in a houseboat. There are many things to do on the Kerala boat, such as looking out over the verdant landscape and getting a freshly prepared meal as you travel the tranquil waters of the sea, which is as amazing as it sounds. The boat accommodates the whole family and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Prices range from Rs 6500-11500 and it is better to call ahead and book to get a cheaper deal.
Veli Tourist Village – Have A Meal
Of all the places to visit on your trip to Kerala, exploring Lake Veli and dining at the floating restaurant on the lake is an amazing experience. Go pedaling on the lake and check out the floating bridge that connects the tourist village to the beach. Veli Tourist Village is located 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram. You can simply rent a car, take a taxi or ride a bus to reach this serene little settlement.
Kumarakom – Go Bird Watching
For all nature lovers, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary should be on your list of places to visit in Kerala. Observe rare migratory birds such as heron, heron, waterfowl, siberian crane during a boat cruise. About 3 hours from Kochi, you can easily reach the destination by bus or taxi. Combine bird watching with a houseboat on Lake Vembanad to make the most of the visit. From November to February is the best time to visit this place as birds from various regions fly back to the Northern Hemisphere when the migration season ends, stopping at this marshy sanctuary to rest.
Varkala Beach – Swim In The Arabian Sea
Bathe in the medicinal mineral water springs of Varkala Beach and in the salt water of the ocean on this beautiful beach. 50 km from Trivandrum International Airport, Varkala is best visited between December and March. It is among the few beaches whose water has therapeutic and healing properties.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – Take A Jeep Ride
For the most fascinating forest experience, Thekkady should be on the top list of the places you are visiting in Kerala. About 190 km from Kochi, Thekkady is famous for its diverse forests, fauna, mammals and aquatic life. The Periyar Jungle Walk covers the view of the enchanting city of Idukki, the Mullaperiyar Dam, the lush green vegetable farms, the vineyards and, if you’re lucky, the endangered lion-tailed monkey. You can also combine this with a night camp in a tent or in a tree house. The cost for a day trip is Rs 1800 / person. If not a jeep, you can also explore the park by taking a ferry ride on Lake Periyar, which will be equally enjoyable.
Athirapally Falls – Get Drenched
One of the many things to do in Kerala is the extraordinary 80 foot high Athirapally Falls, which are now called Niagara Falls of India. 55 km from Kochi International Airport, the waterfall is easily reached by bus or taxi. The falls are most visited during the monsoons from June to September, when they are flowing with full force and are an absolute wonder to behold. Just make sure you keep the environment clean and tidy during your visit.
Trivandrum – Eat Bananas
The variety of bananas found in Kerala is unmatched in size, shape and flavor. Try the varieties of local shops, followed by your culinary colleagues, including fries (upperi), steamed chips (puzhungiyathu) and pasta fries (pazhampori). In fact, Kerala’s banana fries are popular all over the country and are a great tea or coffee snack.
Idukki – Bike Ride
Winding roads up and down the hills are a pleasure, best experienced on two wheels. From Kottayam, you can take three routes to many places in Idukki. One of the best is the route through Pala (Kottayam-Pala-Thodupuzha-Kulamavu) to see the wonderful Idukki Arach dam. A bike ride on this route will surely rejuvenate your senses and provide an unbeatable and thrilling experience in the pleasant weather of Kerala.
Iringal Crafts Village – Admire The Local Art
Nestled on the banks of the Chaliyar River, Iringal Crafts Village is spread over 20 acres. Craftsmen and artisans here are always happy to display their products and also sell them to tourists. You will find art created with coconut shells, banana fiber and other local materials that can be easily found in Kerala. Be sure to buy some souvenirs as this will help locals survive and also flourish Iringal crafts.