From beaches to backwaters, Kerala is full of adventures. It’s the southernmost state in India, known for being home to some the most traditional ayurveda centres, too. It’s an ideal spot for a proper getaway. Prepare to be pampered and immersed in amazing experiences, to eat meals that are full of flavour and to absorb true South Indian culture.
A serene ride through Kerala’s famous backwaters from the deck of a houseboat is an experience that really captures the true essence of Kerala’s culture. These picturesque waterways must not be missed. A boat ride through the pristine lakes of Kerala allow tourists to spot a variety of different birds and creatures that are indigenous to the state. The lively boat race, which is usually held during the summer months, is definitely worth watching if you’re in the area at the time, too.
Visit to Varkala
With winding stretches of sand and imposing cliffs packed with coconut trees, this beach is famous among tourists and is well known as one of the best in the area. The combination of the dunes and the sandy beach makes it the perfect spot for a stroll. Located in the north border of the Trivandrum district of south Kerala, Varkala’s real name, Papanasam, came from the belief that its water could wash away sins. From forts to lighthouses, Varkala is teeming with spots to amaze tourists with its natural beauty and sights.
For those travellers looking to get back to nature and get away from it all, a visit to Wayanad needs to be on the to-do list. Treehouse stays, abseiling, rock climbing and nature walks are just few of activities the district has to offer. The area is perfect for trekkers and walkers, and those who just love being outdoors. Wayanad is also home to a large number of elephants, which is a major draw for visitors, too. Tourists should sign up for one of the night safaris to check out these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Where to stay
Tranquil Resort, Wayanad
Situated in Kolagapara, this is a romantic spot, surrounded by idyllic scenery and lush greenery. Rooms overlook the vibrant forests and tall trees, while wooden flooring inside makes it feel like a woodland hideaway. Accommodation options range from the Serenetree Tree Villas (perched high up in the trees) to Garden Rooms (bungalows with plenty of space), allowing guests to choose their stay based on both their budget and personal taste.
Punnamada Resort, Allepey
Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee as you take in the clear backwaters from the veranda of your cottage. Whether it’s watching the birds soar through the sky at sunset or seeing the houseboats, large and small, glide over the waters, this resort provides the essential Keralite experience. With several accommodation choices, visitors can take their pick depending upon their desired costs and comfort.
The resort offers five different kinds of villas along with houseboat stays, so there is plenty to consider.
Bay Cliff Cottages, Varkala
The beachfront cottages at Bay Cliff are perfectly placed facing Varkala beach. Relaxing verandas with armchairs and cool tiles give visitors time to sit back and relax with picture-perfect views, plus it’s a truly splendid spot for some lazing on the beach if you’re looking for some time in the sun. With just two cottages on the property, there is ample space and privacy for the guests to enjoy away from the often-crowded beaches and a fast paced life. In addition, the cottages are all located within an hour journey of the airport, bus and train stations, allowing guests easy travel.
Flights to Kerala are available with Qatar Airways, flying to different cities in the state including Cochin and Trivandrum for prices starting from QR1,227. IndiGo, Air India Express and Jet Airways are a few of the other airlines that will take you to the state at budget prices beginning from QR849. The flights are around four and a half hours.
The easiest way to commute around the cities of Kerala is via an auto rickshaw. If you’re a bit more daring and are feeling adventurous, you could take a bus for a more authentic Indian experience.