Popular Ways to While Away in Kerala

August 7, 2012    
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Kerala offers plenty of choices for travellers with its rich array of natural marvels. Boat cruise through tranquil backwaters, seeing wildlife from close quarters, holidaying at the virgin hill stations, the warmth of Ayurvedic treatments are some of the fabulous experiences await you in God’s own country.

 

Backwaters

A leisurely boat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala is on top of the chart of any tourist visiting Kerala. Backwaters of Kerala is a network of meandering canals, lakes and rivers and this labyrinthine waterways stretches to a length of 900 km, nearly half the length of the state. Hiring a houseboat to take in the beauty of backwaters will be an Ideal option. Houseboats are actually kettuvallams ( country crafts with length of over 60 ft) converted into luxury boats. Alappuzha, Cochin, Kumarakom etc. are some of the most sought after backwater destinations in Kerala.

A boat trip on the backwaters of Alappuzha will also be a great way to see the village life closely. You will see villagers indulged in a variety of activities from fishing to coir-making. If you want to know the taste of rural Kerala,  you can visit a riverside eatery to experience the local delicacies such as tapioca and fish curry, Kuttanadan Duck curry etc. Your taste buds are sure to discover something that you never experienced before.

Kumarakom is another sparkling backwater destination. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a haunt of exotic birds and a boat cruise will help you explore the bird life in Kumarakom.  The magical view of slowly fading landscape and leisurely pace of the journey will make you fall in love with the backwaters of Kerala.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is another unique experience Kerala has to offer. Kerala is the only destination in the world where Ayurveda is practiced with utmost dedication. Here, Ayurveda is not just a system of medicine but a way of life. Ayurveda believes in a holistic and wholesome approach to life. This traditional wisdom proposes the perfect harmony of mind, body and soul.

Kerala has many Ayurvedic centers which offer authentic Ayurvedic experience and tourists from across the world visit the state to undergo Ayurvedic therapies. Monsoon is the perfect time for the rejuvenation programmes in Ayurveda. The dust-free atmosphere and ideal temperature will open up the pores in the body to a maximum and make the body most receptive for the therapy. Ayurveda is the most natural way to refresh your body and it will improve your power of resilience and resistance.

Wildlife

Kerala is renowned as much for its bio-diversity as for its natural beauty. Tourists from far and wide reach here for the unique wildlife experience. The land is home to a wide variety of exotic species, some of which are not seen anywhere else in the country. No wonder, the state is listed as one of the most significant bio-diverse regions in the world.

Thekkedy, teeming with exotic fauna and flora, is a popular wildlife destination in Kerala. Thekkady offers you excellent opportunities for watching and photographing wildlife. Periyar Tiger Reserve, the fascinating wildlife sanctuary, is just a half an hour drive from Thekkady. Apart from this, there are fourteen wildlife sanctuaries are snuggled in the evergreen forests of Western Ghats. Neyyar Sanctuary, Peppara wildlife sanctuary, Eravikulam national park etc. are among the most captivating wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

Hill Stations

Kerala boasts of a long chain of mist-clad and dense hill stations. Marked by lively streams running through the rocks, dense vegetation and undulating paths, all the hill stations in Kerala offer you a magical experience. Munnar is one of the most sought-after hill stations in Kerala. Drenched in the spice-scented air, Munnar preserves nature in all its pristine charm. Other favourite hill stations in Kerala are Ponmudi, Vagamon and Wayanadu.

Kerala is the perfect getaway from the everyday din of modern life and work pressures.  Opt for any of these magical experiences and let your worries take a long vacation.

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