Holidays in Kerala: The Land Of Peace And Healing

Kerala is an ideal getaway for tourists. The Arabian Sea slaps its shores to the west, and the Western Ghats separates it from the state of Tamil Nadu to the east. The state has beaches and backwaters to its east and forests and mountains, with diverse flora and fauna, to its west.

Kerala’s beaches are lined by rows of tall swaying coconut trees. The local cuisine is rich in spices, as the state has always enjoyed a bustling spice trade. To restore your inner calmness, you could visit the various centers for a session of meditation and healing, and get cured of almost any illness using the power of traditional medicine. Don’t forget to witness one of the oldest martial arts in existence, Kalaripayattu, being practiced with full vigor.

With all that’s there to see and experience in Kerala, it’s easy to feel lost when identifying places of visit. Let us guide you through the specific places you can visit, things you can do, and the major festivals and events in Kerala.

Places To See

Kochi

Kochi is a city that lies to the south-west of Kerala. It’s a major port city, and has attracted seafarers for over hundreds of years. Today the tourist inflow into Kochi has increased. The warm tropical air, the beaches, the historic monuments, and places of worship still attract tourists from all over the world.

Among the prominent attractions in Kochi are Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, and the Synagogue.

Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, and is one of the oldest cities in India. It was referred to as the "evergreen city of India" by the great Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. Although an old city, Thiruvananthapuram is rapidly developing with a large number of scientific institutions and organizations setting up base in the city.

The city’s major attraction is Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The Napier Museum, the Ramanayar Palace Museum, the Zoological Park, and East Fort are the other popular attractions in the city.

Wayanad

Wayanad is the name of a district in Kerala. It’s the least populous region in the state, and is a benchmark for other regions in terms of biodiversity. It’s set on the Western Ghats, which makes the journey there extremely exciting. Presence of ancient and undisturbed tribes has also been recorded in the region.

Visit the popular waterfalls in Wayanad, such as Meenmutty and Sujippara waterfalls. Also visit the Pokot Lake and Banasura Sagar Dam.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha is one among the few places that were described by Lord Curzon as the “Venice of the East.” It contains a large number of canals, and is extremely popular for its backwaters. Boat races occur in Alappuzha almost regularly, among which Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is extremely famous. Boating is another activity that’s popular among tourists visiting Alappuzha.

When you’re there, ensure you visit the beach, Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission, and the backwaters.

Things To Do

Rent A Houseboat at Alappuzha

Catch a glimpse of the real Kerala by renting a houseboat. It allows you to meet other people, taste delicious food, and see what’s out there in the state. Houseboats can be rented by both couples and families. The prices are quite high, but the experience is worth every penny.

Watch A Live Kathakali Performance

Kathakali is the traditional dance form of Kerala. It’s a highly stylized dance form with drama deeply embedded in it. The costumes and make-up adorned by the dancers is rather elaborate and attractive. The dance is themed around the ancient Indian scriptures, such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

See Kalaripayattu In Action

Kalaripayattu, which is an ancient, traditional martial art, is taught and practiced widely across Kerala. Tournaments and public demonstrations are held regularly for the public. The combat is not just hand-to-hand. It involves weapons as well. Watching this art in action is something you shouldn’t miss.

Events

Onam

Onam is a festival celebrated across the state of Kerala. The celebrations are high-spirited and accompanied by dance, songs, foods, and boat racing. This festival celebrates the great, mythical King Mahabali. He is remembered for bringing joy and prosperity in the lives of the people during his rule.

The festival is secular in nature, and is celebrated by people of all religions.

Aranmula Vallamkali

Aranmula Vallamkali is a boat race that’s held in Aranmula during Onam. It’s a tradition that has been sustained since very long, as it’s the oldest boat festival in Kerala. During the boat race, the "snake boats" move swiftly across the water, and people involved in the race sing and shout at the top of their voices, creating an electric atmosphere that you’ll always remember and cherish.

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