Kerala can easily justify its ‘God’s Own Country’ nickname as a paradise on a sliver of land. This state on the West coast of South India is bountifully endowed with nature, from lush and green hills to serene backwaters and pristine beaches. The rich cultural heritage it completes as a holistic tourist destination. Kerala was named one of the 10 best destinations in the world, not surprisingly.
Lounge at Alappuzha backwater in a houseboat
Without its lavish lagoons, no picture of Kerala is complete. Alappuzha is known as ‘East Venice’ and is filled with beautiful waters and canals. Recruit a houseboat and watch life pass through the waters in slow motion. Experience the local people’s lifestyle and learn fishing tricks. Enjoy the fresh catch, particularly the pearl spot, locally known as the Karimeen, the region’s leading specialty dish. Alappuzha is also known for its Vallamkali annual boat racing, with the Jawaharlal Nehru Trophy competing in snake boats carrying around one hundred boats. The boats are over 30.5 meters long and are one of the most emblematic symbols of Kerala. They are 100 feet long.
Wayanad’s embrace nature
Edakkal Caves, known for its famous rock hill that balances two larger blocks of rocks, take you back in time. Petroglyphs are estimated to be as old as 7000 years on the walls of these caves. Wayanad is also a haven for lovers of wildlife, who can visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary with Indian bison, tigers, horses, civets, langurs, wild dogs, and panthers, even on the road. Go along the nine steep pins of Thamarassery Churam on a head-spinning drive. Enjoy the rustic life in authentic village homestays through ecotourism, and relax on the peaceful Kabini River in luxurious resorts.
Take a look at Thrissur Pooram tradition
Thrissur Pooram is one of the biggest spectacles in Kerala, a tradition that has been resistant to the passage of time since 1798. The largest festival of Hindu temples held in Thrissur District is held at Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thekkinkadu Maidanam from April to May. The celebration pays tribute to the presiding god Shiva and shows an exemplary array of majestically caught elephants. The highlight of the event is the Kudamattam – the mahouts exchange colorful shade on high beasts. The visual treatments are accompanied by the headache Panchavadyam – a five-instrumental orchestra which is playing continuously at different tempos throughout the proceedings. The event bears witness not only from all parts of the State but from across the country and beyond to one of the largest congregations.
Come back to Fort Kochi in time
Fort Kochi is a melting pot of cultures. Check out the Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry, the oldest town in the country, with handmade Chinese porcelain tiles over 250 years old and follow the historic route. Stunn the walls of the Holland Palace, the Jewish Town, and Mattancherry at the rich mural of Kerala. Visit the tomb at the church at St. Francis, the oldest European church in the country, which was built in 1503, at the Vasco da Gama grave-the first Portuguese man to set foot in India. Follow the old route by shopping at the Jew town for antiques and sights. End your day at Fort Kochi Beach on the side of Chinese fishery nets with a fantastic sunset. You can rest and refresh with snacks and meals in the teeming cafes.
Treat Kathakali and Youyam to a taste of culture
The most famous symbol of Kerala – Kathakali is undoubtedly a form of art that is listed as an immaterial cultural heritage by UNESCO. This classical Indian dance from Kerala embodies perfection in any way, leaving the viewer enchanted from its preparation for expression. A dancer can take up to 10 years to master the art form as a discipline of her own. The makeup is also a painstaking process, which takes three to four hours and is completed at many stages, giving prominence to facial expressions. In this form of dance, themes are written histories from the Indian epics, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Theyyam, particularly in North Kerala, is a form of worship. The vibrant red color, which decorates the artist from top to bottom, characterizes the artist. The dance is played with elaborate rites and rituals before the shrine of the village.
Visit the Kshetram – the world’s richest temple
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is the most wealthy place of worship in the world and is estimated to have a treasure trove of about Rs 1 Lakh Crore or US$ 15.56 billion. The temple is also rich in its architecture, with the vaults overflowing in gold and diamonds, built in Kerala style and dating back centuries. In the eternal yogic sleep, the leading deity is the image of Lord Vishnu, called Ananthashayanam. Thiruvananthapuram is also the preservation of remains from the royal history of Kerala which can be seen from the various palaces such as Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Palace, Pazhavangadi, the palace of Kanakakunnu, Nanthancode, the palace of Koyikkal, Nedumangad, etc.
Live Varkala’s hippie life
Now it is a preferred haunt for people from all over the world. Varkala combines calm beaches with lively shacks and coffee shops to make sure the time is calm and relaxing. The place to relax and stay is the perfect one. Unique for its cliffs with stunning views, during sunset you can find excellent photos. Circumcise around the beautiful beach of Kappil Lake and explore Anjengo Fort, Anchuthengu from the Portuguese period of the 1690s. Those who want a spiritual side can visit the famous temples and spiritual centers such as the 2,000-year-old Temple of the Janardhana Swami and the Sivagiri Mutt. Saturate your appetite at popular cafes like Cliff Topp, Darjeeling Café, Middle Cliff, Trattorias, Black Beach, and Café Italiano. ABBA Restaurant or Evergreen German Bakery.
Relish Sadya Relish
Without attending a traditional feast, Kerala sadya, a visit to Kerala is not complete. It is a complete meal served in a plantain leaf and includes any food from the beginning to the dessert. It combines every flavor and texture, from fresh banana chips to sweet payasam, to crispy pappadams and soft curries, to fried vegetables, spicy rasam, colorful gravies. It is recognized as a healthy feast for a complete, vegetarian food. An important part of all celebrations, the sadya is the most popular among the Onam and Vishu festivals and serves as the Hindu lunch banquet.
The ultimate way to finish your journey to Kerala is by treating Ayurveda completely relaxing. Choose from a variety of oil massages and learn some of the meditation and yoga techniques that can be used and used for life. This 5,000-year-old health system can even be adopted as a lifestyle under expert and disciplined guidance. While Ayurvedic practices have gained global acceptance, the chance of authentically experiencing them in the land from which they came would be foolish to miss.