Have You Visited ‘God's Own Country' Yet?
We all know when we say ‘God's Own Country', KERALA. One of the most beautiful states in India, Kerala comprises some of the majestic waterfalls, valleys, backwaters, beaches, tea plantations and most importantly, BOAT HOUSES. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of staying in one of those floating heavens over water, surrounded by beautiful scenery and great coastal food. Not only Kerala is famous for its scenic beauty, but also for its culture too. South Indians have their own way of life and traditions that set them apart from the world. If you aren't convinced enough, here are some more compelling reasons for you to visit this state and try these things that surely will add days to your life!
1) Almost everyone's morning ritual, TEA
If you are a chai lover, you have to visit Munnar. Known best for it tea plantation, it's the best opportunity for photographers as well. The place is a heaven; the tea garden makes a perfect background for honeymooners or anyone who loves getting clicked. You can try different kinds of tea there, isn't that just wonderful?
2) South Indian Breakfast
Kerala is renowned for its cuisine, great varieties from fish to coconut chutneys, from dosa and idlis to sambhar rice. It is also rated as world's best breakfast by Travel & Leisure magazine. Just imagine, you wake up to some delicious food plated on a banana leaf, and you're surrounded by Kerala's scenic peace, sounds amazing doesn't it?
3) Live large by enjoying the beauty of backwaters in your Boat House
Explore the backwaters of Alleppey in a houseboat. It is literally a floating house. The houseboat has the comforts of a house with bedrooms, dining area, and a lounge. The glass walls let you get a clear view of surroundings while sailing on the backwaters.
4) Watch the Snake Boat racing
In Alappuzha, you can watch colorful Snake Boat races. It is called Snake Boat for its appearance is snake-like. This sport watching experience is simply amazing. Snake boat races are mostly held from July to September, particularly during Onam festival. You can rent a boat to watch the race closely.
Check out about the recent Snake Boat Race held in Kerala: Click here
5) Elephant Bathing in Kodanad
How often do you get to bathe an elephant? That question in itself is pretty adventurous. Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is a major attraction in Kerala. 42 kms from Kochi, visit there for some exciting activities like elephant bath, elephant safari, and elephant feeding and watching baby elephants too.
6) Watch the Kathakali performance to know more about their culture
There are many local art forms, Kathakali being the very unusual and ancient form of dance-drama, along with Mohiniyattam, Theyyam and Thiruvathira. Watching these art forms will surely make you understand the nuances of their culture. It's not everyday you get to see performers dressed up, that's for sure!
7) Get soaked in Waterfalls
If you haven't, YOU MUST visit the Athirapally falls, which are also called the Niagara falls of India. You will absolutely fall in love with the musical sound of the waterfalls, the greenery that brings peace to your soul, Kerala is surely god's own creation. If you are planning to visit Kerala especially for waterfalls, we'd suggest you head there in monsoon season in June, July, August, and September.
Are you convinced enough? Are you booking your next trip to KERALA? ;)