“Gods own Country” this is the name by which Kerala is famous and why not? It’s actually Gods Own land, all you see is green, green and green around you in every part of Kerala. This place is all about giving and giving it all to nature. The people here maintain it to the core, they accept the condition of the country and contribute for the betterment of it. We will tell you the Top 10 Things You Should Do in Kerala.
10. Elephant Bathing
Have you ever imagined yourself giving a bath to a giant elephant, YES! This is possible in Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary, which is around 42 KM from Kochi. This is basically a training center for elephants, there the administration allows you to give a bath to elephants and get a little familiar with Elephant. They have their own charges for this, that depends on the time limits and person involved.
9. Tree House Stay
Kerala offers an amazing tree house stay and you got to do some really fun and exciting activities as well like Rappelling, rock climbing. You can find these tree houses in Wayanad, Munnar, Chembur, Athirapally easily. The charges differ according to the package offers by them and the size of the house. Staying in the tree house in Kerala can be a different experience due to the weather and green land.
8. Try Toddy(Palm Wine)
Toddy is an alcoholic drink which originates naturally in Kerala, which is made of the sap of palm tree. It is white in color and tastes sweet when extracted but post agitation it tastes sour and hits. It is served in almost every local shop in Kerala, all the tasty Kerala cuisine is paired up with Toddy. This you can try with local cuisine.
7. Trek Chembur Peak
Chembur peak is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats, it has an Elevation of 2,100m from the sea level. This peak comes under South Wayanad Forest Department. To trek this peak, guides will also be provided to you at the entry. The trek is not easy; you need to have a good stamina to trek these mountains. Carrying plastic/eatables inside is not allowed.
To carry a water bottle, you need to take a challan and you will get the refund if you bring the plastic bottle back with you; this is a good initiative by the department. You need to trek around four mountains to reach the peak, and you will encounter amazing views on the way. En-route to the last mountain, you will see a Hearth shape lake as well which is just unbelievable. Once you touch the peak, the views are mesmerizing. This can be the best trekking experience of your life.
6. Explore Wayanad
Wayanad is located in the north-east of Kerala and is very famous amongst tourist for its pleasant weather throughout the year. It has the only earth dam in India which s Banasura Sagar dam also that is the 2nd largest earth dam in Asia. It offers some breathtaking scenic views and a peaceful stay away from the city life. Wayanad has multiple tourist points like Edakkal caves, Banasura Sagar dam, Bandipur National Park, Chembur peak, Lakkadi viewpoint, Thirunelli temple, Soochippara falls and many more.
These are the biggest tourist attraction in Wayanad. The homestay at this place is really amazing. The food is good; you might not get authentic north Indian food here but authentic south Indian food will something to die for. So now the question is what you should take back home; handmade chocolates, pure coconut oil, banana wafers, tea; these things you should take back with you.
5. Explore Tea Farm
Does not matter if you are a Chai or Coffee person or not, you got to see how the tea farms grow up and how it actually works. A tea leaf actually grows for around hundreds of years and then it is ready to be plucked out and jump in your cup. Entire Kerala is surrounded by the tea farms from Munnar to Waynad, all you see is tea farms.
Some farms are government farms and some own by private firms. A single tea plant gives us coffee, white tea, and regular tea. A leaf goes through all these stages when a leaf is small and processed, it can give coffee. When the leaf is at medium size and processed, it can give white tea and when a completely grown up leaf is processed, it gives up the regular tea. Isn’t this interesting? You will get local guides who will tell you many facts about these farms and processes. This is a must-to-do thing on our list.
4. Varkala Beach Stay
If I say that this can be the best beach experience you can have in the south, that will be no lie. This is kind of a private beach experience and resorts on the cliff make this experience even better. Try to get a resort with a front beach view on the cliff and you will get the best experience ever.
The beach is really clean and water is all blue. The sunrise and sunset views with a cup of coffee on your balcony, what else you can ask on a vacation. The food is good, you will get some fresh fishes and seafood on the cliff and a lot of spa centers which can turn your vacation into a relaxing holiday. Do visit this place on October to March, due to its tropical climate it is not advised to visit on Summers.
3. Athirapally Waterfall
Athirapally waterfall is the largest waterfall in Kerala and comes in top 10 waterfalls in India and names as “The Niagara of India”. Situated in 390ft and 25-meter height. It is located in Thrissur district of Kerala and originates from Anamudi mountain of Western Ghats and flows towards the Arabian sea.
The fall is really strong and one cannot afford to stand in near to it. Security measures are not much tight. The view is really mesmerizing, you will really like the atmosphere. You have to walk a little to see the main fall which can be fun.
2. Backwaters Of Kerala
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is the Kerala backwaters. This is once in a lifetime experience. The backwaters are located parallel to the coast of the Arabian sea, Alappuzha was also known as Alleppey or Venice of the East is the center point for the backwaters. The houseboat experience in here is something you will remember for ages.
You will get a boat in almost every size, starting from 1bhk boat to 5bhk boat, luxuries boat to normal boat. They will serve you drinks, food, fresh seafood everything all cooked in the boat and it will be super yummy. This gives bread and butter to the localities. A trip with your family or friends here should be on your to-do list.
1. Munnar Trekking And Local Experience
It’s on top of our list of things you should do in Kerala. If you have never been between the clouds or even if u have been, you must visit Munnar, titled as “Switzerland of India”. It is situated at an altitude of 1532 m, highest peak of south India. The place is situated in the conflux of three mountains. The land has some really beautiful tea plantations views. There are multiple trek areas which you can easily get to know the local people.
The best time to visit this place is between June to September, in this time it will rain in hills and you will see some breathtaking sceneries while you trek the mountains, also you might encounter some wild animals which will be a plus but it will happen when you trek in a deep forest. The local food is just amazing in Munnar.
It is famous for its handmade chocolates and tea, which you must carry back home. The people are nice, you will see lot many travelers who can guide you, local people speak Malayalam as well as English and basic Hindi.
That’s our Top 10 things you should do in Kerala. Let us know how you liked our article. Your feedback is valuable to us.