10 Things To Do In Kerala on Your First Visit
Kerala is the Venice of East, romantic capital of South India and God’s own country. This place is filled with breathtaking sceneries and romantic spots. Starting from the vibrant backwaters to kindling hill station; this place has everything in one package. Are you a foodie or backpacker or romantic person? No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, Kerala is always the best choice. There are a lot of things to do and places to enjoy in Kerala. This article is dedicated to top ten things that you should do when you visit Kerala for the very first time.
1. Houseboat cruise
Nothing says romance than a houseboat cruise on a backwater. You can enjoy a romantic time away from hustles of the city. The lush greeneries, covering palm trees, sparkling water and mesmerizing view around you; while you glide through the waters in your houseboat with your romantic one would be the best thing that can rekindle relationship.
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2. Kodanad Elephant sanctuary
Elephants are delight to see no matter how old you are. Think of an experience of watching elephants bath in clear water. You can take elephant safari, watch baby elephants play in mud, elephants taking bath and you can also feed them. You can spend the whole day with elephants in Kodanad Elephant sanctuary. If you have a kid or if you are looking for a nature filled day, this would be the best activity in the state.
3. Watching flowers bloom once in 13 years
Kurinji is a flower that is found in Munnar, a hill station in Kerala. This violet coloured flower has a speciality. It blooms once in 12 years only. If you visit during the right season, you can take a hike on Rajamalai Mountain. Half way through the mountain you can find patches of these flowers blooming. If you are looking for a less adventurous way to enjoy these flowers, you can visit Eravikulam National Park. You can also spot Nilgiri Thar, a unique type of mountain goat that is considered endangered.
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4. Float on Veli Lake
Veli Lake is located in Veli tourist village which is 8 km away from Trivandrum. The lake is filled with lotus flowers and has other lake related attractions too. But, the best activity to enjoy here is the floating restaurant. After a good meal, you can hire a paddle boat and sail through the waters to check out the floating bridge that connects this village with the beach. If you are someone who loves water related activities, this is a must-do activity.
5. Shikara rides
Shikara is similar to houseboat but, it can accommodate a lot of people in it. Alappuzha is an important tourist destination and backwater paradise in Kerala. If you take Shikara ride on the backwaters of Alappuzha, you can enjoy views of lush green village, many exotic and local birds and other stunning view of nature. This tour would take around four hours to complete and is way cheaper than a houseboat.
6. Snake boat race
If you happen to visit Kerala during the tourism peak season which lasts from July to September, you can watch the snake boat race. Onam is a festival that is celebrated in Kerala. During this festival, people celebrate by racing snake boats on the backwaters of Alappuzha. Snake boat is a long and slender looking catamaran. About fifty people ride each boat with manual oars and the first boat to reach the finish line wins. You can also rent a boat to watch the race from water, in close quarters. It is a very colourful event.
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7. Tree house fun
There are a lot of tree house resorts in Wayanad, Thekkady, Athirapally and Munnar. If you are up to some adventure, you can visit any of the tree house resort and have some nature filled time. You can also find a lot of activities around you like mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, nature walk and others.
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8. Plantation tour
Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanad are known for three types of plantation; coffee, tea and spices. You can take romantic walks through the plantations and also explore how they process the raw materials. The most recommended activity is the early morning romantic stroll amidst plantations. You can find vanilla, black pepper, cinnamon and a lot of exotic spice plants in this tour. Some plantations also provide lunch options.
9. Kumarakom bird sanctuary
Have you ever heard of bird watching on a cruise? You can take a boat cruise on Kumarakom backwater and watch exotic birds like egret, Siberian Crane, heron and many others. You can also visit this bird sanctuary by road transportation but, cruising is an exciting way to enjoy this sanctuary. If you love bird watching, the best time to visit this place is between November and February. This is when you can find many migration birds.
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10 Drenched in Athirapally falls
Athirapally Falls is located 55 km away from the Kochi International Airport. This waterfall is 80 feet tall and during monsoon season, this place would be a paradise. A lot of people visit this falls for getting massages, enjoying falls and also for picnic. The best time to visit this fall is during monsoon season which extends from June to middle of September.
This is not an exclusive list of activities to perform in Kerala. There are a lot of activities that would make your trip, an extraordinary one. You can eat a lot of different types of bananas, enjoy sunset in Kovalam beach, bike ride through forests of Idukki, jeep safari and water rappelling in Periyar Wildlife Sanctauries, bathing in medicinal natural spring in Varkala beach and many others. No matter which month you choose to visit this place, Kerala is always at its prime beauty.
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