The luscious, laidback South Indian state of Kerala is also known as ‘God’s own Country’ and is one of the most beautiful, serene and relaxing places in all of India. Kerala is most famous for its gorgeous, languid backwaters but this tropical state offers a complete package for the perfect holiday. By taking a Kerala tour with Indian Holiday you can experience the tropical jungles, stunning beaches, spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and enchanting culture that make Kerala one of the best destinations for a relaxing holiday in India.
The Kerala Backwaters are a system of canals stretching 900 km across Kerala lined by palm trees of a thousand shades of green, paddy fields, colourful houses and an idyllic way of life that seems unchanged for centuries. The Kerala Backwaters are undoubtedly one of the must see places in India and no Kerala holiday is complete without this experience. Cruising along the backwaters in a traditional rice barge converted into a luxurious house boat while watching the stunning scenery blissfully slip past is a highlight of a holiday in Kerala.
More highlights of a Kerala tour include the stunning beaches of Kovalam and Varkala; Munnar, a hill station and tea plantation famous for fresh, cool air and stunning views. Also don’t miss visiting Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, where trekking, bamboo rafting, wildlife spotting, boat trips, jungle safaris and spice plantation walks are all possible.
A tour of Kerala will also introduce you to Kerala’s rich history and culture. Exploring the historic, multicultural and atmospheric Fort Cochin complete with its famous Chinese fishing nets shouldn’t be missed and Trivandrum, the capital city, is home to the impressive golden Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, believed to be the richest temple in the world.
A Kerala holiday also gives you the change to sample the tantalizing Keralan cuisine and take a cooking class. You can also try out the ancient holistic healing science of Ayurveda, watch a traditional Kathakali dance show and experience the unforgettable warmth of the local people and the famous Indian hospitality.
Kerala is a complete contrast to busy North India and a Kerala tour makes an enchanting, relaxing break and a chance to experience a much more laid back pace of Indian life.