Kerala, a big state with verdant coastlines, languid backwaters, lush tea gardens, miles of forests, and labyrinths of canals is a sliver of tropical paradise.
Whether you want to savour a quiet cup of tea at Munnar, or simply walk down the glorious palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam, sampling seafood, Kerala has something for everybody! Here are a few travel tips to Kerala:
● Munnar: The hills of Munnar are home to some of the largest tea plantations in southern India. A perfect honeymoon destination in Kerala, Munnar has incredible terrain and breathtaking scenery.
● Alleppey: The ultimate tourist destination, Alleppey has its fair share of some of Kerala’s finest beaches, ‘beach hopping’ is one of the best ways to enjoy the shores here.
● Kovalam: The most famous seaside destination of Kerala, a haven of peace and tranquillity, the idyllic tourist destination in the land of God. Kovalam offers great diversity with the Kovalam beach for all wishes and occasions.
● No trip to Kerala is complete without a lazy ride on a houseboat wandering through the meandrous backwaters of Alleppey.
● Take a one-and-a-half-hour cruise, organized by the Forest Department and Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), to spot some wildlife in one of India’s most popular wildlife sanctuaries.
● Savour the past with a dazzling dance performance at the Kathakali Centre.
What is Kerala without seafood? While everything from karimeen to lobster here is delicious, don’t leave Kerala without trying the moilee. Kerala Beef Fry with Malabar Porotta, Appam with Stew is the distinctive dishes of Kerala.
When to go:
● October to February: Winter is the best time to travel to Kerala, although tourists abound throughout the year. The temperatures are mild and perfect for beach lovers.
● From March to June: Summers can be very wet in Kerala, but that is another reason to enjoy a swim in the sea! This is off-season, so you can budget travel during the summer.
● From July to September: The monsoons show Kerala in all its splendour and can be a good time to visit Kerala. Nature is par excellence during these two months.
Buses and auto-rickshaw in Kerala have a large network that connects you to all major towns. The ferry is a great way to travel, especially in and around the port area.
What to Pack:
Carry Light cotton clothes if you’re travelling in summer or the monsoons since humidity tends to be very high. Beachwear, of course, and sunblock. Flip-flops for the beach and comfortable shoes for walking around in the city.