Welcome to the Kerala group. Travelers if you are looking for a peaceful & beautiful place then this is the place to come to - Kerala, in the South of India. Its often called the "God's Own Country" & placed as a Top 10 destinations one must visit by National Geographic.
Kerala has it all - Mountains & Hills, pristine Beaches, Farms and Plantations, Backwater cruises in Houseboats and a 2000 plus year old history of Arts & Culture. Rated by many leading culinary experts - Kerala cuisine has one of the most complex tastes and is a must try out for any foodie. All make this coupled with down to earth & friendly people will make ur trip a unique experience....enjoy!!
101 things that you could do in Kerala
1. Wake upto the world’s best breakfast Kerala’s
spread of morning dishes – vellayappam, Uppuma,
iddli, puttu, masala dosa,appams etc. have been rated
the best breakfast in the world by Travel & Leisure
magazine. A must-try is the crisp lacy appam served
with meat/vegetable stew.
2. Walk-through paddy fields: Here’s different
walking experience. Venture in to the very heart of
the paddy fields, on narrow dykes. Don’t lose
yourself completely in the dazzling green around you,
as you’ll have to watch out for the slushy water
passages that run through your mud path.
3. Tip toe across a coconut trunk bridge: In the
interiors of Kerala, you’ll come across plenty of
small water bodies with these extremely narrow
Bridges. Watch the native folk cross them with case,
but think twice before you do. It isn't your cup of
tea, don’t worry. Further down the water’s edge
you’ll find a more friendly bridge.
4. Sip tender coconut: Refresh yourself with a sip of
cool tender coconut- nature’s rejuvenating nectar
– and a scoop of its soft white flesh, Nutrition at
its natural best.
5. Take a swig of toddy: Ask your tour guide to arrange
for fresh madhura kallu (sweet toddy extracted from the
coconut palm) and have it the Kerala way with exotic
karimeen pollichathu or spicy pickles.
6. Stay on an exotic houseboat: Embark on an enchanting
journey across sun – dappled backwaters on a
kettuvallom-fully furnished traditional rice boats.
While your eyes explore the rustic life that floats
by, treat your palate to backwater delicacies prepared
by your personal chef.
7. Ride a Canoe: Drift along serene waterways in a
country craft, Enjoy the breeze, answer a cuckoo’s
call. Wave back at the cheerful village folk on the
banks. Invite some of their chirpy children to hop in
for a ride. They’ll keep you well entertained
8. Workout on a treadmill: In Kerala, traditional
treadmills are still used to irrigate the paddy
fields. Try your luck with the local farmer and see if
you can get to pedal one.
9. See Chinese fishing nets: Watch fishermen tug at
these huge nets with their rich haul. These nets that
billow from massive bamboo poles were brought here by
traders from the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongolian
King. Their silhouettes against the evening sky make
for terrific pictures too.
10. Choose your pick from the Fisherman’s net: Along
the Malabar Coast and at Vasco da Gama Square in Fort
Kochi, you can select your favourite from an inviting
display of juicy sear fish, sardines, prawns, red
snappers etc. Ask the friendly fisherman to fry it for
you the local way.
11. Feast on kappa and meen curry: Try Kerala’s hot
red fish curry with steamed tapioca or boiled rice.
It’ll make your mouth water. And your eyes as well.
But you’ll still enjoy it.
12. Savour a Sadhya: Seat yourself on the floor, roll
your sleeves up and get started on this multi-course
feast of rice, 12-15 vegetarian dishes, spicy pickles,
crunchy banana chips, crispy pappadams, plantains and
payasam- the dessert. Served on a plantain leaf, the
meal is eaten with the fingers.
13. Wear a Kerala saree: Stun your friends in Kerala
saree - five metres of fine off-white cotton edged
with golden sari, that lends an extraordinary elegance
to the person wearing it. Each piece is specially woven
on a traditional handloom.
14. Wear jasmine in your hair : Get yourself a string
of jasmine-the natural ornament for your hair. You
could even pluck them fresh from a garden and string
15. Spice up your life: Kerala is the Spice Coast of
India. Take home a chest full of exotic spices and win
compliments for your aromatic cooking. These are also
available in special gift pouches.
16. Ride on 8 tonner without wheels: At the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, you and your friends
can majestically into the scenic jungle on an
elephant. A mahout will guide you on your enchanting
17. Watch birds: Spot egrets, herons, Siberian stork,
darters, teals and hundreds of other migratory birds
in Kerala’s enchanting bird sanctuaries. Hear them
sing. Take their Family photograph. Applaud their
18. Follow the tiger’s trail: Join the Thekkady tiger
trail- a real adventure trek into the dense forest with
expert guides. Cook in the jungle. Sleep in tents. Wake
up to the sounds of the wilderness. Try and spot a
19. Design a floral pattern: During Onam, the harvest
festival in August/September, you can see colourful,
beautiful floral decorations in the courtyards of
Kerala’s homes. Try making one with family and
20. Cheer a snake boat race: Watch the backwaters of
Kerala come alive. Feel the excitement bubble in you
as teams of 100 oarsmen row their snake boats, their
bodies swaying in unison to the fast rhythm of full
throated singing, in one of the most exhilarating
21. Feel the rain on your body: Kerala’s invigorating
monsoon will cleanse you. Refresh you, rejuvenates you.
Let it run down your body, and wash away stress. So
don’t just listen to the pitter-patter on the roof.
22. Munch an uppumanga: You’ll simply relish a meal
that is accompanied by uppumanga, tender mangoes
preserved in brine for months (the longer, the
23. Get an Ayurvedic massage: Gift yourself new life.
Surrender to the magical fingers of specially trained
masseurs. To medicated baths that will refresh you.
Herbal diets that will replenish you. Yoga that will
revitalize you. And meditation that will recharge
24. Say hello to the Nilgiri Tahr: Half the world
population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr live in the
Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Friendly as they
are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them.
So meet them and have plenty to brag about when you
get back home.
25. Sip fine tea: Take a walk through the green
carpeted tea hills of Kerala and strong aromas will
lead you in to the factories over a hundred years old.
Here you can taste and pick up the finest tea in the
26. Marvel at elephant pageants: The spectacle of 30-60
caparisoned elephants will enthrall you as they move in
a majestic procession, while trumpets and drum beats
work up to a frenzy. The best of these spectacles is
seen at the Thrissur Pooram
27. Listen to temple music: Panchavadyam is an
orchestra of 5 native instruments - suddha-maddalam,
kombu, edakka, elathalam and timila. This traditional
temple music accompanying elephant pageants builds up
the festive spirit. And never fails to leave its
listeners entranced. Audio cassettes of panchavadyam
28. Visit the local markets: Small stalls with fresh
vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken… High pitched
salesmen luring you with impossible bargains. Visit
these bustling markets or chandas for fresh buys.
29. Go bananas: In Kerala, red, green and yellow are
synonymous with various types of plantains’. These
digestives come in different shapes too — tall,
short, stout, sleek... And while you taste banana
chips, raw banana dishes, banana milk shake, banana
ice cream, dried bananas, fried bananas… you’ll
wonder if there’s any other fruit more versatile.
30. Try your hand at percussion: Kerala’s rich
repertoire of percussion music and instruments is
world famous. So bring alive your taste for good music
and learn whatever your holiday allows.
31. Cheer racing oxen: Entertain yourself at a Kumbala,
the local ritualistic bullock race of Kasaragod or a
Kaalapoottu – the agrarian sport of Palakkad.
32. Shop for souvenirs: Kerala’s handicraft centers
have an extraordinary collection of wood, coir shell
and sandalwood souvenirs, trinkets and jewellery. Wood
carved Kathakali masks, snake boats, elephants,
jewellery boxes etc. are perfect showpieces for your
drawing rooms and ideal gifts for friends.
33. Stay in a tree house: Spend romantic nights in the
tree houses of Palakkad washed in the sweet scent of
the forest flowers, and let the sounds of the forest
fill up your dreams.
34. Have a mud bath: Go in for mud therapy and discover
its healing properties at the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and
Cultural Centre at Nileswaram, Kasaragod.
35. Bask in sunshine : Serene, secluded and
spellbinding. Kerala has some of the best beaches in
the world. Ride the surf. Get a tan. Build sand
castles. Or simply sift sand through your toes.
Anything you do here will unwind and relax you.
36. Watch a Malayalam movie: Malayalam movies have
excellent story lines and some of them are
internationally acclaimed. If you visit the State
during a film festival, you’ll get to see good
movies with English subtitles.
37. Bathe in healing waters: Don’t miss your chance
to take a dip in the waters of the Nelliyampathy
forests in Palakkad or the mineral springs at Varkala.
These waters are known for their medicinal properties.
Take a splash, heal yourself.
38. Buy gold for all occasions: Kerala’s gold
jewellery, intricately designed and delicate, will
steal any woman’s heart. Make sure you have enough
money on you before you step into a gold shop. Because
whatever be your taste, you’ll find patterns you’d
wish to own.
39. Mirror,mirror… : An Aranmula mirror is made of a
finely polished alloy of four metals – copper,
silver, bronze and lead. Once a closely guarded
preserve of royalty, these ornamental mirrors are
exceedingly rare-only two master crafts men and their
families still make them.
40. Feel the presence of God at Maramon: Witness the
largest Christian convention of Asia at Maramon, near
Kozhencherry, Interestingly, the waters of the Pamba
River dry up every year to reveal sands that serve as
the venue for the event.
41. Ride in an autorickshaw: Explore the streets of
Kerala in an autorickshaw, a three wheeled taxi
painted yellow and black. Don’t be surprised if you
meet a driver who has a degree in English literature
or is fairly fluent with the language.
42. Peep into your future: The fortune teller on the
street has your future written on his cards – your
career, your life, you life partner and more. Just
show him your palm and wait while his parrot picks
your card from the pack.
43. Spin coir: See nimble fingers at work as they spin
water treated coconut fibre into long ropes with a
traditional hand spindle in the suburbs of Kollam. You
can shop at a number of roadside stalls for brightly
coloured coir door mats, wall hangings and carpets.
44. Learn exotic art forms: Watch kathakali,
mohiniyattam, theyyam or thiruvathira and pursue one
that interests you most. Learn how a story unveils
through the eyes, fingers, feet and myriad expressions
of the artist.
45. Rock about in a bullock cart: On a pleasant
evening, traverse the scenic mud roads of Kerala at
the unhurried pace of a bullock cart. The tinkling
bells and roll-over-from-side-to-side motion of the
cart will full you into a lazy reverie.
46. Walk the lanes of Fort Kochi: Put on your hat and
sunglasses, wear comfortable sandals and embark on a
walking tour of Fort Kochi where bastions, churches
and mansions built by the British, Dutch and the
Portuguese, 500 years ago will greet you.
Interestingly, Vasco da Gama, one of the world’s
greatest explorers, was buried here.
47. Order a metre of tea: Stop by a thattukada, a
roadside kiosk, for a steaming cup of strong tea.
Watch the expert stretch it to a metre while pouring
it from glass to glass, blending it well and building
up a tempting froth in the process.
48. Climb rugged heights: Not all places to visit in
Kerala are on well travelled roads. Or on roads at
all. Hike up rugged terrains at Munnar, Wayanad and
Kakkayam (Kozkikkod) for an exhilarating experience.
If you haven’t tried rock climbing before, our
experts will teach you the tricks.
49. Engage in water sports: An adventure sports lover
will rarely find time to stay idle in Kerala. Her
beaches provide you with unlimited watersporting
options of wind surfing, rafting, sailing, power
boating and even that of a simple catamaran ride.
50. Take a train through paradise: A train journey is
an interesting way to experience Kerala. Get a window
seat and watch the landscape unfold like pages of a
colourful picture book, or acquaint yourself with your
fellow travellers who make interesting profiles.
51. Treat your sweet tooth: The famous Mithai Street of
Kozkikkod has everything to make your mouth water –
from heavenly haluvas, juicy jillebies to creamy milk
sweets, Relish them as they melt in your mouth.
52. Study rare flora: Treat your eyes to exotic
orchids, anthuria, sandalwood trees etc. in the
forests. One of these, the rare Neelakurinji, bathes
the mountains of Munnar in blue once every 12 years.
It is expected to bloom next in 2006.
53. Romance the spice hills: Holiday amidst the
sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns and
winding lanes of Kerala’s mist clad hill stations
– a world where tranquillity abounds. The dense
tropical jungles in these hill stations house some of
the exotic bird and wildlife sanctuaries in the
54. Watch the making of an Arabian dhow: Witness this
1500 year old tradition at Beypore. It takes an expert
team of 15-30 strongmen at least two years to shape a
vessel in wood. Locally called uru, this Arabian
trading vessel is fast fading from the shipping scene.
55. Bathe in waterfalls: Nowhere else will you find
water so playful, So pure. So pacifying. Crystal clear
waters cascade down the mountains of Kerala, gurgling,
whispering, laughing and cleansing everything in their
way. Watch them wake serene rivers with a magnificent
56. Go arty: You can browse in the art galleries for
hours without track of time. Among them are
collections of the world famous works of Raja Ravi
Varma, Raja Raja Varma, Svetlova, Nicholas Roerich,
rare murals and masterpieces from China, Japan, Tibet,
Bali and other parts of India.
57. Visit scenic Kuttanad: Explore the lush paddy
fields of Kuttanad, the rice bow of Kerala – the
only place in the world where farming is done 1.5 or 2
m below sea level. Kuttanad is in the interiors of the
beautiful backwater district of Alappuzha.
58. Taste Payasam: The payasam, a rich milk delicacy
prepared with vermicili, gram or rice, is a delight
for the plate. The most common dessert of Kerala, the
payasam is made in scores of flavours and garnished
with raisins and nuts fried in ghee. It is usually
eaten with salty snacks.
59. Feast your eyes on the largest mural: The palaces
and museums of Kerala have an exotic collection of
ancient murals. The Krishnapuram Palace at kayamkulam
displays the largest of these masterpieces –
gajendramoksham – which belongs to the 18th century
and depicts an event from mythology.
60. Watch Theyyam: Theyyam is the oldest ritual art
form of Kerala, Look on in awe as Theyyam performers
invoke the temple deity Bhagavathy with their frenzied
dancing and throbbing temple music in the courtyards of
61. Try coconut hair oil: The secret of a Malayali
woman’s long, black, lustrous hair could be yours
too. Coconut oil is considered the best nutrient for
hair and a coolant for the head. In Kerala, both men
and women massage oil on their heads before a bath.
62. Explore a tharavad: Relive the old times in the
perfect settings of antique furniture and exquisite
woodwork in Kerala’s heritage holiday homes and
nalukettu (quandrangular mansions with a central
countryard), each more than 50 years old.
63. Learn Malayalam: Malayalam, Kerala’s sweet toned
language, has 56 letters in its alphabet. Try learning
the basics and roll the words off your tongue.
64. Star gaze: Steeped in astronomy, Kerala’s
planetariums will show you much more than Mercury,
Venus and Mars. But a ticket to the evening star
gazing sessions and experience the wonders of the
65. Holiday on an island: Spend a weekend on Kerala’s
islands or lagoons, and experience special moments .
Spectacular sunset, balmy backwaters succulent seafood
at Bolghatty, Pathiramanal, Poovar….These paradises
can be reached only by a ferry or boat.
66. Picnic beside virgin lakes: Pack a picnic basket
and spend a romantic evening beside the crystal clear
lakes near Munnar. Try your luck at fishing and feast
on your fresh catch. Go for a long walk hand-in-hand,
undisturbed. Lie down on the most comfortable of grass
67. Go paragliding: Sweep across the lush green hills
of Munnar on a paraglider and enjoy the vantage of an
eagle. See the soothing blues and greens of nature.
Enjoy the wind beneath your wings. Feel on top of the
68. Walk in to a palace: Besides exquisite wooden
architecture, the palaces of Kerala flaunt the finest
floors in the world. Floors that, surprisingly, need
least maintenance – being made of crushed coconut
charcoal, egg whites and the sap of loan plants.
You’ll also see collections of antique sculptures,
paintings and bronzes.
69. Muse in a Museum: The museums of Kerala, especially
the Pazhasiraja Museum at Kozkikkod, pay full tribute
to outstanding crafts-historical and contemporary
ornaments, temple carts and Ivory carvings of life
sized figures of Kathakali in full regalia.
70. Watch Thullal: Thullal, an exotic art form, and the
rhythmic sounds of music accompanying it will keep you
in a constant stage of merriment. Humour, satire and
social criticism are its hallmarks. This art form was
formulated overnight by the renowned poet, Kunjan
71. Visit the zoo: The zoological parks in Kerala have
plenty to excite the animal lover in you. The
Trivandrum zoo is one among the best designed in Asia
and is set amidst a woodland, lakes and lawns.
72. Wash your sins away: According to a myth, sage
Narada was approached by mendicants who confessed to
having sinned. The place he created for them to pray
for redemption is known as the Papanasham beach
(papanasham meaning redemption from sins). Take a dip
and come out feeling clean in your heart too.
73. Go nuts: You can get raw, fried, grilled, salted
and spiced cashews at surprisingly affordable rates
from Kollam where cashew plantations and industries
74. Chew into a juicy mussel: It is indeed fun watching
mussel collectors anchor their boats, dive down and
bring up basket loads of these fresh water delicacies.
The shells are later burnt in kilns to make lime.
75. See wildlife from a boat: Watch wildlife at close
quarters from the safety of a boat at the sanctuaries
of Kumarakom, and Periyar. Herds of wild elephants
bathing in the lake, the Indian bison digging his
horns into an unaffected tree, the cormorant darting
into the waters… a treat for an amateur
76. Learn yoga: Relax your mind with yoga at the
special ashrams in Trivandrum and Nileswaram – the
cultural centre of Kasaragod. Sessions are conducted
by spiritual gurus and experts in the field.
77. Walk the historic Kappad beach: This is where Vasco
DA Gama landed in 1498 with his men in three vessels.
Here, you’ll find an interesting landscape of rocks
that sprawl right into the sea. An 800 year old temple
78. Munch on crispy snacks: Kerala has a wide range of
crunchy snacks- ethakka (banana) chips, chakka vattal
(jackfruit chips), pappadam, kuzhalappam, achappam,
cheeda and churuttu. All worth every penny spend on
79. Meet martial art experts: Kalaripayattu, the
martial art form of Kerala, is the oldest and most
scientific in the world. Watch agile bodies gleaming
in oil and armed with weapons practise their
feats-chattam (jumping), ottam (running), marichil
(somersault)-to stunning perfection. Explore the Bekal
80. Explore the largest and the best-preserved fort of
Kerala at Bekal, Kasaragod: The imposing laterite
structure rising 130 ft. above sea level, stands on a
35 acre headland that runs right into the Arabian Sea.
81. Behold the Queen of the Arabian Sea.: Kochi, also
known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is
breathtakingly beautiful. Apart from being the
commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of
Kerala, Kochi also flaunts one of the finest natural
harbours of the world.
82. Discover prehistoric settlements: The Edakkal caves
at Wayanad and the caves at the mouth of the Shenduruny
River have interesting pictorial writings and cave
drawings from the Stone Age. You’ll have to trek at
least a kilometer uphill to reach the Edakkal caves.
Say a prayer at the old Synagogue
83. The 500 years old Synagogue in Kochi: The 500 years
old Synagogue in Kochi is adorned with mid 18th century
hand painted Cantonese tiles. Hebrew inscriptions on
stone slabs, ancient scripts on copper plates and
great scrolls of the Old Testament are preserved here.
An age-old clock tower stands nearby.
84. Let a mohini enchant you: Mohiniyattam or the dance
of the enchantress reflects the graceful nature of the
land. The sensuous, graceful movements of the dancer,
clad in gold and off white costumes, will remind you
of palms swaying in the gentle breeze and sweeping
85. Spend the night at a Kathakali concert: Kathakali,
the four centuries old classical art form, is usually
staged at night. Elaborate costumes, ornaments and
multi-coloured facial make-up give the artistes a
super human appearance, which leaves you spellbound.
86. Cook in earthenware: In most of the traditional
homesteads of Kerala, women cook their food in
earthenware. For some time-tested reason renders a
special taste to the dish prepared.
87. Collect antiques: Stroll up the Jew Street in Fort
Kochi for interesting finds like period furniture,
ancient coins, elaborately carved pens, ornamental
brass latches, antique jewellery, grandfather clocks
and timepieces etc.
88. Cruise the backwaters of Alappuzha: Alappuzha,
embroidered with a labyrinth of waterways, was
extolled by travellers as the Venice of the East.
Visit this land where the skiff is the family vehicle,
the ducks outnumber chicken and children learn to swim
perhaps even before the walk.
89. Meet smart fishermen: It is indeed a spectacular
sight to watch Kerala’ Smart fishermen outdo the
crashing waves by pushing their boats into the sea
from a pier beyond the wave point, and simultaneously
jumping into it in perfect coordination.
90. See mind-blowing fireworks: Make a wish under a
thousand shooting starts -brilliant firework displays
that mark the end of a festival in Kerala. And
you’ll never miss them as every dawn in Kerala
brings yet another festival.
91. Watch a puppet show: Yakshagana Bombeyattu
(puppetry) is the art form of Kasaragod. Colourful
puppets in huge headgears, elaborate facial make-up
and loud attires dancing to throbbing music will keep
92. Go for a flower show: Spend a colourful evening
with pretty asters, glowing anthuria, exotic orchids,
beautiful roses, elegant lilies and a bloom of soft
cotton candy at a flower show.
93. Smash the elusive pot: Uriyadi (smashing the pot)
is a spirited sport connected with some of festivals
of Kerala. The festive pot colourfully decorated will
be hung from a tall pole. All you have to do is try
and break it with a stick as the crowd pulls it up and
94. Spot a dolphin: If you ‘re lucky, you’ll get to
see the dolphins do their grand act at the Cherai
beach. Applaud them as they spring out of the waters
magnificent splash only to take a marvelous dive back
95. Buy a Palmyra fan: In Kerala, you’ll find small,
handy fans made of medicinal herbal roots, palm
fronds, bamboo splits and grass. Get yourself a
portable, compact, cute and colourful little fan that
comes in handy anytime of the day. When not in use,
you could even put it up on the wall as a showpiece.
96. Stay in exotic resorts: Kerala’s innovative
hoteliers have amazing experiences in store for you.
Some even have Theme evenings when centuries old art
forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattom are performed as
97. Savour nectar: Beat the bees and butterflies to it
in a banana plantation. Hold the tip of a banana
inflorescence (koombu) to your mouth and suck the
98. Visit a Snake Park: The Snake Park at
Parassinikadavu, Kannur, is the only one of its kind
in the whole of India. There are three snake pits and
fifteen glass cases full of various species of snakes,
and two large glass houses for King Cobras. The snake
demonstration conducted every hour is a major crowd
99. Watch thiruvathira: Thiruvathira, a traditional
dance performed by women, has simple steps and a
single rule-performers should be clad in a Kerala
saree. Join them as they sing and move elegantly
around a ceremonial lamp (vilakku) or a floral
100. Bring swing to your life Onam is the season for
fun and games.: Visit Kerala during August /September
and you’ll find in every house. The friendly people
here will be only too glad to let you join them.
101. Try out new ways to fish: Dangle a rod and line
into the flowing waters. Sweep a towel through it.
Feel for fish with your feet in the mud below. Or
simply try trapping small fish with your hands.
Anyway, you’ll never return disappointed.
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