Kerala is rightly dubbed as ‘God’s Own Country’.
this picturesque destination is sandwiched between the Western Ghats mountains and the Arabian Sea, dotted with magical backwaters, lush greenery, wildlife, pristine beaches, rich art and culture, spice and tea plantations, and tantalizing cuisine. The quaint houseboats on the blissful backwaters glide across palm-fringed emerald waters, offers view of unique flora and fauna, sporting activities such as kayaking, and lip-smacking food cooked by talented on-board chefs and served on traditional banana eave plates. The best places to head to catch a backwater cruise are Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam, Kasaragod and Kuttanad. With more than 25 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, Kerala is a perfect place to spot wild animals, migratory birds and raw nature while on a wildlife safari. Some popular places are the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve , Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary , Mathikettan Shola National Park and Periyar Tiger Reserve. The spice, coffee and tea plantations in Munnar, Wayanad, and Thekkady offer picturesque vistas and delicious tastes. One can sample different teas or enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee while soaking in the natural beauty. The best beaches in Kerala to go beach hopping, indulge in adventurous water sports, and watch mesmerizing sunsets are at Kovalam, Kappad, Kannur, Varkala, Cherai, Marari and Bekal. There’s more to Kerala than ‘just’ natural beauty, though. Kerala has a well-preserved art and cultural heritage, such as Kalaripayattu (traditional folk art), Kathakali (17th century classical dance), and Chakyarkoothu (comedy satire) can be witnessed at temples in Kerala. Mohiniyattam, a 16th century classical dance, and Theyyam, a thousand year old form of worship are usually performed in the village centre in front of local shrines. Kerala is also historically the melting pot of several cultures. After a long tour of Kerala, it’s best to relax with some soothing Ayurvedic therapies and massages. Many accommodation options in Kerala have an attached Ayurvedic centre or spa.
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