Kerala

Kerala

Things to do - general

Aptly called God’s own country, the southern Indian State of Kerala is blessed by nature. There are many reasons to visit Kerala, a few being  ravishing beaches, mesmerizing backwaters, rich wild life, colorful dance forms, unique temple architecture and ayurveda. Since 3000 BC Kearala has been an exporter of spices. Rubber, tea and coffee are the other products made in Kerala.

Thekkady is one of the best places to experience wildlife in India. Home to Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, the evergreen forest spread over 750 square kilometers, Thekkady has elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. It is also dotted with spice plantations which provide a distinct experience.

The backwaters of Arabian Sea which are made by lagoons and lakes, is another natural wonder in Kerala. Kollam, which used to be a busy port in ancient times,  is the starting point for the backwater cruises. A houseboat ride between Kollam and Allepey takes 8 hours and counts as one of the great journeys that can be undertaken.

Munnar is a lush green hill station completed covered by tea plantations. One of the best ways to experience Munnar is to live in a tea plantation and learn the art and science of tea leaves picking and making custom tea.

Kathakali is a colorful dance form of Kerala which is a must experience. It is a dance which tells stories from mythology. The performers have a colorful make-up and wear elaborate costumes. The play is performed with detailed gestures and well-defined body movements.

Kerala is home to the oldest healthcare system in the world called Ayurveda. It aims at bringing a harmony between the mind, body and soul. For hundreds of years 8 families of healers and their descendants treated the entire populace. Today Ayurveda is more widely offered.   A panchlarma session, which cleanses the body through a set of 5 procedures, will bring all your senses alive!

CountryIndia
Visa requirementsForeign nationals require a valid Indian Visa is required to visit Kerala.
Languages spokenMalayalam is the main language spoken in Kerala. Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, Kannada & Konkani are also spoken by some people.
Currency usedIndian Rupee
Area (km2)38863

Sports & nature

Kerala has a lovely coastline running up to nearly 600 KMs. Rich in biodiversity, Kerala has more than 4000 species of flora and 900 species of medicinal plants. Kerala also has many endemic species of fauna. a fourth of the state is forested. Both evergreen and decidious forests cover parts of Kerala. A large part of the Nilgiri biosphere is located in Kerala. There are 3 prominent wetlands in Kerala, namely Lake Sasthamkotta, Ashtamudi Lake and the Vembanad-Kol. Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Kerala has a rich cultural heritage influenced by 3 main religions, namely Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Kathakali and Mohiniattam are the popular dance forms. Kathakali is more than 300 years old and combines elements of the opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. Some of the other dance forms of this region are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo are popular music forms of Kerala. Culture and history image
Ecology & Culture of Munnar

Ecology & Culture of Munnar

Kerala
The ecology & culture of Munnar takes you on an immersive cultural experience through villages a More info
Life in the Kerala backwaters

Life in the Kerala backwaters

Kochi
Life in the Kerala backwaters tour starts in Kochi and  takes you on an immersive cultural experienc More info
Organic Farming & Fishing Trail

Organic Farming & Fishing Trail

Kochi
The Organic Farming  Trail is a an experiential tour in an organic farm over the backwaters of Keral More info
Wildlife & Culture trail in Kerala

Wildlife & Culture trail in Kerala

Thekkady
Wildlife & Culture Trail is a guided experiential tour  to Thekkady in Kerala. Key highlights in More info