If you wish to visit an immensely beautiful region, with numerous beaches, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, brooks, and scenic hill resorts. This charming region has powdery beaches, palm-fringed backwaters, unique wooden houseboats, paddy fields for miles on end, huge plantations of tea, coconuts, rubber, and spice. Kerala has earned a world-famous tourist destination tag and is known as ‘God’s own Stat’.
Your Kerala Holiday Package can be tailored according to your needs to one or more scenic places. Kochi, its capital, lives up to its reputation of ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. It has heritage sites including the Dutch Palace and Padmanabhapuram Palace. Other popular landmarks are its Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, St Francis CSI, the Jewish Synagogue, and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge near the Kochi Fort. The charming Marine Drive yields splendid views of the sunrise and sunset. Many parks, including a Deer Park and a Bird Sanctuary charm little children. The temperature is variable but summers are mild, and the climate is generally salubrious.
The sturdy kettuvalam, originally used to transport rice and spices, have now been turned into unique houseboats. Made from jack-wood, joined with coir knots without using a single nail, bamboo mats for the roof, coir mattresses, and solar panels providing electricity, Kerala’s houseboats offer an incredible environment-friendly experience. Some of these are air-conditioned; some have oarsmen, and others are motor-driven. Meals are cooked on-board with the fish caught in the backwaters being cooked and served for your lunch or dinner!
Kovalam, Varkala, and Cherai are its world-renowned beaches, where you can swim, laze, or suntan yourself. If you want to experience its famed backwaters, then travel to Alleppey, Kumarakon and Punnamada. Picturesque Alleppey, with its backwaters full of colourful water lilies, is very popular with tourists. Alapupuzha, another pretty city, is called ‘Venice of the East’. Munnar, Rajamala, Ponmudi, Nelliyampathy, Idduki, and Ranipuram are lovely hill stations. Vellerimala is sought after by picnickers and trekkers because of its numerous brooks and waterfalls. Kumarakom on Lake Vembanad is the ideal place for yachting, boating, angling, or canoe-rowing. There are many spas and ayurvedic treatments to soothe the nerves.
The scenic hill resort of Rajamala, close to Munnar, is known for its’ natural splendour; while tourists trek through Velliramala’s uplifting greenery to picnic at one of its innumerable brooks and waterfalls; visit Nelliyampathy for spectacular views of the Nelliyampat mountain peak; and, the off-the-beaten-track Pullumedu in Idukki, to reach which one has to sail along a river.
Kumarakom is another ideal backwater destination, made up of a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad, where you can go yachting, boating, angling, canoe-rowing, or visit the nearby Bird Sanctuary. If it is beaches that you want, then Kovalam is the place you should head for, revel in the beauty of this fantastic region, swim, relax, or try out a rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatment, for which Kerala is rightly famous.
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