Holidaying in Kerala is a dream of all nature lovers. The coastal state is famous for its coconut trees-fringed beaches, crystal blue waters, pristine lakes, breath-taking hill stations, elaborate temple festivals and snake boat races etc. The pace of life in Kerala is moderate and thus makes it an ideal destination for leisure vacations. Every year an inadequate number of tourists visits the state to enchant its mesmerising beauty and also to watch exotic species of elephants wandering in dense forests and many more. Kerala is a perfect place for rejuvenating and relaxing. Don’t think that the state is meant only for adventure enthusiasts and green panthers. Along with backpackers honeymooners rush to the state to explore its flawless beauty. The coolheaded atmosphere and pleasant climate attract newlywed couples to spend the precious days of their life in the arms of Mother Nature. Do travellers always get confused about what to do when they reach Kerala? How to spend their tour days effectively? Which all places must be visited? Where to stay? And so on… there will be no end for these anxieties. To get rid of these tensions it is better to depend on travel partners. Dream holidays is one such tour organiser team which curates various types of packages to its customers according to their purposes. Tour packages for honeymoon couples are their latest and cheapest tour packages to Kerala. The package includes both up and down airfare of the journey. Don’t worry they are ready to customise their package as per travellers’ request. Below is the list of few important things that must be included in your itinerary.
- Houseboat Voyage
How could Kerala trip be complete without experiencing houseboat voyage? Have you ever imagined a voyage where you can relish scrumptious delicacies comprising plates of seafood and local traditional dishes and also different flavours of art forms? All these could be cherished under a single rooftop-houseboat. Houseboats were first constructed with an aim to exchange commodities and to encourage business and trade. Now it is being widely used to nurture tourism. You can splash waters on dear ones and can catch the first rays of the sunrise while sailing in the houseboat cruises. Where houses sail over backwaters, where every cruise is a marvellous experience. Chase your dream and avail the houseboat tour and enchant the splendid beauty of nature.
2. Tea Plantation/ Taste Tea
How romantic it would be to hold your loved one’s hand and stroll in the thriving green meadows by inhaling the scented air. Kerala is blessed with tea plantations and it is mainly seen in places like Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon and Wayanad. The lush green gardens act as a blanket to the highlands and pyramidal valleys and it looks more beautiful in monsoon days. They also act as a splendid backdrop for lovely photographs. To understand more about tea plantations and the formation of tea powders you must definitely visit tea factories adjacent to it.
3. Spice Plantation
How could Indian food be complete without adding redolent spices? Even though the vast area of land in Kerala are occupied by the tea and coffee plantations, one could see the cultivation of various kinds of spices like cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and so on in small and large areas of high ranges. These exotic spices not only grabbed national and international tourist but also had lured Britishers to India. Travellers can enchant the mesmerising spices grasslands by availing tour packages to Kerala at a reasonable price.
4. Munnar Trekking
Munnar is a perfect destination for spending a marvellous tour with dear ones. Munnar is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers. Munnar comprises of several small and high peaks. And among them, Chokramudi Peak is the highest peak and hiking it is really a challenging task. The trekking to the peak can be broadly classified into four sections:- the grass stroll, shola walk, steep climb and the dangerous terrain. Trekking begins with strolling in shola forest followed by striding in the thick grasslands and finally conquering the breathtaking terrain. Beginners can successfully complete level 1 without much difficult but later sections require immense courage and faith. You will remain amused by viewing foggy clouds, cool breeze after covering 7200 ft.
Kerala is not only proud of its green plantations but for its salty sea waters and sun-toasted sandy beaches. Nestled along the beautiful coastline on the Arabian Sea, each of these beaches is marvellous in its appearance and ambience. You can drive your vehicle on Kerala’s only drive-in the beach at Muzhappilangad in Kannur, indulge yourself at an extravagant resort near Kovalam’s unspoiled crescent beaches or spend days cherishing Varkala’s tantalizing cliff-side setting Varkala. Submerge in Kerala’s history at Bekal Beach and Fort, as well as at Kappad Beach, the landing place of Portuguese Wayfinder Vasco da Gama’s ship in 1498. If you’re looking for contentment, traverse the unblemished beaches of Thiruvambadi, Cherai, Marari and Kappil.
6. Head into Periyar Jungle
One of the most popular national parks in South India, Periyar National Park in Kerala lies in the lush green lofty Western Ghats. The sanctuary lies near to the Lake Periyar, which initially was a water reservoir. The national park is known to be shelter to elephants, tigers, jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque, wild pig, stripe-necked mongoose, gaur, Golden Langur, Indian wild dog, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet Macaque, mouse deer, Indian bison, sambar, barking deer, etc. and the rare Nilgiri Tahr. It is also home to 112 kinds of butterflies as well as 265 species of birds. One could spot 22 species of fish, 28 types of reptiles and 9 species of amphibians. Floral species and varieties of plants are also found in large number here. Periyar Jungle is also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary was declared as Project Tiger Reserve in the year 1978. Trekking is a famous activity practised over here. The best ways to take a look at the sanctuary is through boat safaris, jeep safari and elephant safari. The ideal time to foe wildlife safari is during mornings.
Timings for safari
Boat Safari in Periyar takes place for 30 minutes. The forest department of Kerala runs 2 boats and five trips are allowed on a daily basis whereas each trip is of about 90 minutes.
07:30 AM – 09:00 AM, 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM, 11: 05 AM – 12:45 PM, 01:45 PM – 03:15 PM, and 03.30 PM – 05:00 PM
Day safari:- 06:30 AM – 03:00 PM & Night safari:- 11:00 PM – 03:00 AM
06:00 AM to 05:00 PM (On a daily basis for 30 minutes)
Popular activities in Periyar Jungle:
Apart from various types of safaris, other major activities here are boa, angling, bullock cart ride to visit farmland, guided day trekking, border hikes, guided camping, and guided nature walk. Hike to the temple of Mangla Devi can also be done. One can also enjoy bathing and feeding of the elephants.
7. Visit Rural Village
The soul of real Kerala resides in the unsophisticated terrains of villages that stimulate fresh experiences on every visit. Village life of God’s Own Country is a harmony composed of strings of beauty coloured with countless traditions and cultures. Untouched and unexplored by the dark hands of industrialisation, the rural life of Kerala offers travellers a pristine and peaceful experience.
The concept of Village Life tourism sector was formulated with the aim of protecting the ancient native crafts, traditional jobs and the unique lifestyle of Kerala. Indirectly this tourism sector supports farmers, traditional artisans, small-scale entrepreneurs, and so forth. Far away from the hectic and stressed life of the city, the rural land decorated with placid backwaters, green-carpeted grain fields, swaying coconut palms, fishing hamlets and unique art forms is an auspicious experience to cherish forever.
Following are the important activities which can be seen while striding through the streets of a rural village:
- Coir Making
Kerala in vernacular language means land of coconuts. The coir is made from coconut fibre extracted from the coconut husks. The husk consists of 20% to 30% fibre on which can be twirl into strong threads that can be used in making mats and handicrafts. The first step in making coir is to “ret” the husks of coconut by putting them in salt water and then covered with mud. From the retting mound, the husks are removed after nine months and taken to the threshing compounds where retted husks are then pounded and crushed with mallets or machetes by mostly females where husks are pulled off to collect fibres from them which are dried up for spinning. The dried coir is then spun by a spinner using gear at a wheel with a small spinning axle to create strong yarn thread that can be used in mats and handicrafts. Kerala village tour involves watching the process of creating the coir thread by two lady staffs in a wheel as coir making is the usual means of the lively hood in rural Kerala backwater villages.
- Try Some Toddy
Toddy or Kallu is a sweet alcoholic beverage extracted from palm or coconut trees in Kerala. Toddy is tapped by tappers belonging to Hindu community known as Ezhava or Thiya (in Northern parts of Kerala). They climb the coconut trees or palm trees to extract fresh Madhura Kallu (sweet toddy) or fruits of the palm have to be cut in its bud and must be covered in pots for the whole night and by the next day, the pot will be full of white toddy.
8. Bird Watching in Kumarakom
Birding or bird watching is one of the best recreational activities of spotting various kinds of birds with the naked eye or with the help of binoculars. Kumarakom bird sanctuary situated in Kottayam district is the perfect place for dotting birds in Kerala. It is spread in an area of 14 acres of land. It is popularly known as ornithologists’ paradise. It is home to different species of birds such as cuckoo, cormorant, egret, moorhen, darter, owl, waterfowl, parrot, flycatcher, teal, lark and migratory birds such as brahminy kite, heron, Siberian crane etc. Migratory birds are mostly seen here during the migratory seasons -November to February.
9. Attend a Temple Festival
Have you ever thought what makes Kerala so beautiful and charming? Is it only the emerald mountains and sapphire waters? Along with them the unique ritual and cultural festivals of the state makes it more popular. The 14 districts of Kerala celebrate different kinds of temple festivals in different seasons and months. Even though the mode of celebration may be alike but their aim is the same – showing gratitude to the presiding god or goddess in the temple. Followed the deity lord the other main role is grabbed by the elephants. They are donated by devotees. Temple festivals are commonly known as pooram in colloquial language. While every year temple rituals are blushing in Kerala, the state’s temple festivals are a highpoint on everyone’s social calendars. You can expect overcrowded roads, processions of elephants with ornaments and flowers, traditional drummers and other troupe members, people dressed as gods, and the sky would be illuminated with fireworks on the days of festivals. The festivals are very noisy. Cultural programs, including classical music and dance performances, will also be held.
10. Watch Snake Boat Race
Kerala is blessed with serene backwaters, shallow rivers and pristine sandy beaches. Along with this, the state is an ideal destination for water sports and various adventurous activities. Among them is the snake boat race(Vallamkali) which captivates not only the tourist to visit the land but also grabs the locals from their workstations and home towns. Don’t think that in the snake boat race, the snakes will be swimming in water!!!. It is actually a competition of canoes between several groups in the locality and winner would be gifted with awesome and precious gifts from the eminent personalities of the state. The procession of canoes represent the picture of snakes crawling and therefore the boat race got that name. The famous boat races of Kerala are as follows:- Nehru trophy boat race, Aranmula boat race, Kallada/Jalotsavam boat race, Champakulam Moolam boat race, Payippad boat race and Sree Narayana Jayanti Vallam Kali.
Above are a few important tourist destinations and unavoidable events in Kerala. No doubt you will remain dumbstruck after visiting these unique and hot tourist spots. To be part of this magnificent state, grab the package and enchant the fascinating beauty of ‘God’s own country’ – Kerala.