A paradise knitted with tranquil beaches, lush greenery mesmerizing your eyes, balmy weather and picturesque landscapes satiated with diffused hues, the state of Kerala is congruously called ‘God’s Own Country’.
The beautiful orange tinged sunrise of this tropical paradise arouses you from your serene sleep into this ethereal land, avenues lined with coconut trees making your way to the spouting waterfalls calmly escaping from a crevice atop a rolling verdant hill, drifting into its diversified culture. Here, you can indulge in adrenaline gushing boat races, douse into its refreshing water streams and binge on delectable cuisine. Read on to comprehend why a Kerala retreat is perfect this summer.
Kerala is about sun, sand and relaxation. A long, undisturbed coastline of 350 miles waiting to be explored, these glaring white sand beaches conjugates you to the tranquil Arabian Sea waters. Bask under the majestic sun in swinging hammocks and let the azure waters boast about themselves as they gleam under the sun’s glory.
Peregrinate on Kerala’s alluring Kovalam beaches, especially the Lighthouse beach that derived its name from a Lighthouse nestled on an elevation on the beach. Stroll on Bekal beach, famous for its exuberant views or plunge into visual delight as you ramble along the Meenkunnu Beach, Kappil Beach, Payyambalam beach and Chavakkad Beach among the many others.
Redolent Tea Plantations
Leaving you enchanted is the aroma arising from the redolent tea plantations. The lush green sprawling tea plantations embodies the beautiful hills and leaves you spellbound. Munnar hosts some great plantations for sightseeing and to witness the unique bio-diversity it houses. The vast stretches of brimful nature, verdant capped hills and aromatic tea plantations are worth a visit.
Misty hills, rolling mountains, and hillocks wrapped in pretty foliage, the mountains are an open invitation for hiking and trekking. The Western Ghat’s cliffs are another reason to cling to the place. Hold on to the alluring waterfalls and picturesque villages. Set a sojourn towards the steep Anamudi peak, the highest of the Western Ghats with an elevation of 2,695 metres or undertake the 8km trek of the tiger faced Meesapulimala.
Wildlife Sanctuaries and Waterfalls
Sheets of crystal beads alike lucid waters placidly pouring down the hills are enticing and beholds your eyesight. Also, Kerala avails a diverse terrain to host Wildlife Sanctuaries. Encompassing a forest area of 11,125 sq km, Kerala is home to 5 National Parks and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. Encounter the animals frolicking at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or visit the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary profuse with flora and fauna.
The Emerald Backwaters
Sail along the infamous Backwaters of Kerala in one of the houseboats and glide pass the amazing interlinked lakes and waterways. Cherish a ride on the houseboats and make memories for life as you adore the lagoons, rice paddies and come across the rustic countryside. Cruise along the Palm lined Canals. Alleppey, Kuttanad Backwaters, Cochin Backwaters and Cherai Island Backwaters are some of the picturesque backwaters to soothe your wandering psyche.
Appetizing and flavourful Cuisines
A blend of locally cultivated chromatic vegetables employed in spicy and tangy cuisines to be served with freshly baked rice and fish, the local cuisine takes pride in serving non-veg. One could easily spot captivating range of seafoods as well as chicken, mutton, pork, mussels, crab, tiger prawns and king prawns to name a few. The territorial appetite would never be complete without embracing coconut, coconut paste, curry leaves and tamarind.
Art and Culture
Drench yourself in the bustling and multihued culture of ‘God’s own country’. Adorn the art of expression, love and sorrow by indulging in its various dance forms like Krishnanattam, Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Koodiyattam, Kolkali and Thiruvathirakali. The dance form that surpass all is the 300 year old “Kathakali” which is an amalgamation of art forms like opera, ballet, masque and pantomime. Mostly devotional in nature, Sarpapattu, Bhadrakalipattu, Ayyappanpattu are Kerala’s folk music.
From the charming vicinity to delectable cuisine and bustling culture, a holiday to Kerala is a panacea for all.