Strewn with rivers, lagoons and meandering backwaters, covered in coconut groves and flanked by sunny, palm fringed beaches, Kerala truly is a small slice of paradise. Explore local fishing villages, where colourful boats laze in the harbour against a backdrop of Chinese fishing nets, unwind aboard your private traditional houseboat made from a converted rice barge as you sail through the uniquely quite backwaters, and discover a world of exotic spices.
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Kerala God’s own Country
One of India’s favorite holiday destinations Kerala is also known as the God’s Own Country. The picturesque state branded in a manner that would convince any traveler to visit the state at least once any time during the year following the numerous tourist places in here. Fort Kochi, Munnar, The Backwaters are places you have heard of numerous times and probably have even visited. However, this heavily exposed elephant + coconut tree heaven does have its share of the unexplored attractions
The Athirapally Waterfalls are a marvel unto themselves and are located in the Sholayar region in Kerala. The falls are located amidst the region is rich in biodiversity and boasts of breath-taking flora and fauna, the Athirapally Forests. There is always steady tourist flow result of the shooting of a couple of movies near the falls; nonetheless, you will have nature all to yourself if you find the right spot and the right forest trail. Best time to visit the Kerala falls is during the monsoon season.
Tharavad is a system of sorts but not a place. A Tharavad is a joint-family system practiced traditionally by the Nair clan in Kerala. Tharavads are home stays where one lives in the home/ farmhouse of a family and experiences the village life of Kerala. Antique furniture, unique woodwork and such old world architectural charms form the characteristic features of All Tharavad homes. On the whole, a Tharavad experience is less touristy and more homely
Mararikulum located close to Kumarakom is the lesser known but one of the best tourist places in Kerala. The area and the adjoining Marari Beach with clear sands, clean water and relaxing vibes are awaiting the tourist explosion. When you want to run away from the crowd and be one with your thoughts, Mararikulum is the right place for you.
Here, you can explore the Edakkal Caves that were first discovered by a Britisher during his hunting trip in 1890. On your way to the Edakkal Caves, you can stop at the Chembra Peak, touted to be the loftiest peak in Wayanad. The caves are a testimony to the existence of the Stone Age civilization in Wayanad. This lush green, historical region is probably one of Kerala’s best kept secrets. If adventure is what you seek, then you can trek all the way to the peak too.