Quintessential Kerala will reveal the very essence of Kerala that makes this little space on earth the epitome of natural beauty and breathtaking scenery.
Kerala has got all the fixings for a happy family break – think pretty-as-a postcard surroundings, clean beaches and lazy backwaters, colourful festivals, good animal-spotting and yummy food.
Essential Kerala Experiences
Stuff yourself silly
Let your tummy lead the way and experiment with Kerala’s unique flavors. Seafood fiends will come back more than sated, but there are also plenty of options for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Must-tries include Malabari biryani, fried Karimeen (pearl spot fish), light-as-air appams and crisp parottas.
Float on the water
Rent a Kettuvallam (houseboat) and let the crew get a feel for a comfy life on the water, cruising gently past villages and lovely, palm tree-filled expanses while getting some quality time with your loved ones.
Live like a local
One of the best ways to get a feel for true Kerala-style living is spending a night or two in a home stay. There are plenty of options to be found all across the state, and you won’t be hard pressed to find one that’ll fit in your budget, either!
Whether it’s a boating safari in Periyar or a four wheeled one in any of Kerala’s many wildlife sanctuaries, an expedition through the jungle is always a winner.
Kerala’s got a slew of festivals and unique celebrations to slot that vacation around, whether it’s the Nehru Trophy Boat Race (mid-August), a Theyyam performance – though this one may spook smaller children a bit – or a Kathakali or Kalaripayattu demonstration.
Sit on the beach
Slap on some sunscreen and find a nice spot on the beach to lie down on. The beaches here are clean, a nice change from other parts of the country.
Retail therapy is always relaxing, and picking up cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and other spices here will make your cooking more flavor some back home.
Get a massage
Get those knots in your body opened out by a pro – there’s no better place to give yourself over to oil, incense and some strong-arming.
When you’re on holiday, sometimes all you want to do is let your hair down. From sparkling blue backwaters, gorgeous green countryside and food that will have you hankering for more, to vibrant festivals, tea-bush laden mountains and enough culture to make your heart sing, Kerala’s got it all.