5 not-to-be-missed experiences in Kerala

Posted on 08/22/14 No Comments

So you’re making travel plans and trying to make a list of things you have to do when you visit God’s own country. We’ve put together our recommendations – a few must dos which you should definitely include. You won’t regret it!

1. Explore the green backwaters on a houseboat

Of course, you can’t come to Kerala and not go on a houseboat ride – that would be like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel. What are you going to tell friends when you get back home? And you just have to get the quintessential photo of yourself, meandering through the green backwaters relaxing and indulging in delicious local cuisine. Make sure you spend a day or even two; it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Meandering through Kerala's beautiful backwaters

Meandering through Kerala’s beautiful backwaters

Try out the delicious local cuisineTry out the delicious local cuisine

Try out the delicious local cuisine

2. Indulge; get an Ayurvedic massage


Thousands of visitors come to Kerala every year for ayurvedic therapy. And did you know that this kind of treatment is actually the best in the monsoons? It is this time of the year most ideal to your body soaking in all the oils and medicated herbs applied for treatment. So whether you’re just looking at rest and relaxation or to get that particular niggling pain treated, this might be the right time to head to Kerala.

A good Ayurvedic massage is known for it's relaxing and rejuvenating properties

A good Ayurvedic massage is known for it’s relaxing and rejuvenating properties

3. Get a glimpse of local life


Travel is a lot about experiencing the local life, getting a taste of local fare and of course, experiencing how people in that particular live and work. There are quite a few initiatives these days where travellers can advantage of these programs and experience life in the countryside. These benefit both the local people and travellers. So whenever you’re travelling, try and find out if they place you’re staying in supports local business and initiatives.
A lady demonstrating the art of weaving with palm fronds
A lady demonstrating the art of weaving with palm fronds

4. Discover the countryside on two wheels


Definitely something we recommend when you’re visiting Kerala. There is a different charm to exploring a place on a bicycle. You can stop wherever you want, take pictures, interact with locals and even stray off the path sometimes and explore things you wouldn’t have if you were in a vehicle. There are numerous wonderful trails that we highly recommend and of course, we’re there to guide you and show you these inside roads that are probably the closest you’ll find to cycling paradise. From the “Slide of Wayanad” where you ride through the sunny plains, fields, lakes and cultural hotspots of South Wayanad for a most enjoyable half day to the “Green Hills to Blue Waters”, where you will bike through tea and coffee country to a speed boat ride between islands and then hike to a mountain stream; there’s never a dull moment when you’re on a cycle!

The back country roads are a delight for any cyclist

The back country roads are a delight for any cyclist

5. Catch a performance: Kalaripayattu and Kathakali


Kerala is well known for it’s performing arts and there are many that captivate a viewer. From Kathakali to Theyyam to the ancient form of martial arts, Kalaripayattu – make sure you catch at least one of these on your trip. Kathakali is a “stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion” (source: Wikipedia). Kalari is an Indian martial art and one of the oldest fighting systems in existence.

Kalari is one of the oldest martial arts forms in India

Kalari is one of the oldest martial arts forms in India

The preparations for a Kathakali performance take many hours

The preparations for a Kathakali performance take many hours

So what are your must-do experiences?