Kerala also known as God’s own country has its historic importance as when lord Vishnu threw his axe and created a place for his devotees to live peacefully. For me it is God’s own country because of its undefinable beauty and serenity. Kerala has nearly 600 kms of shore line with incredible beaches, backwaters, forests, wildlife, enchanting palm trees and greenery.
Apart from beauty there are others things like tea, coffee and spice plantations, rich culture, traditional massages, medicinal herbs and great food it simply lacks nothing.
Things to do in Kerala
Munnar a beautiful hill station amidst tea gardens
Best way to start is take a flight to Cochin and hire a cab which picks you from airport and head for Munnar. The way to Munnar is extremely beautiful, you can enjoy the view with music.
Will advice you to take a stay in a resort which is located near tea gardens to feel the perfect tranquility of this place. A two day stay at Munnar is good to completely explore the place for details about what you can do in Munnar, you can check the post Munnar the silent beauty.
Alleppey backwaters in a houseboat
After seeing Munnar you can drive down to Alleppey, which is known for its backwaters and popular attraction the houseboat stays. One day house boat stay is enough as its just staying in the boat and enjoying the sea.
Lunch would be on the boat and they provide only Kerela meals during the day time, if you are fussy about food make sure you mention your food preferences before hand.
They park the boat at the parking around 5 pm, you can walk around and enjoy the view and sunset.
Boat crew can make arrangements for a candle light dinner on the boat but the menu is quite fixed while booking please check the food options you want.
Few tips about the houseboat stay:
- Book the boat from a good company, checking all the facilities they provide to have a good service
- Usually you can use air conditioner only in night, so choose a good season to visit
- Do not leave the door of your room open as near the parking you might face issues of mosquitoes otherwise
- Use water carefully as they have a limited supply for it
- You will get the instructions when you reach at the place would advise to check in advance while booking
- Keep some light snacks just in case food is not of your choice
Thekkady a place to enjoy wildlife and Kerala Massages
Drive down to Thekkady from Alleppey, you can enjoy Elephant Safari or book a night safari to have the enriching the wildlife experience. Thekkady is also a great center for traditional Kerela massages book your appointment in morning to enjoy the relaxation at your convenience.
Poovar and Kovalam beach Kerala
Poovar and Kovalam are the two best beaches of Kerala and the trip is incomplete without visiting those. You should atleast spend two days there to do explore the place nicely. Where to stay and what do to here you can find it in my post about Kerala’s most attractive beaches Poovar and Kovalam.
We started with a hill station, followed by the houseboat stay at backwaters, followed by the forest experience and ended with chilling on the beach. Kerala was a perfect destination to have a taste of everything and we had a wonderful time.