55 things to do in Kerala


1 An elephant ride

A not to be missed experience! Ride an elephant in Periyar Wild life Sanctuary in Thekkady. You can avail of the services of the mahout to help you.
2 Forest Trek

Go adventure trekking in Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady. You can opt for day treks, night treks, camp outs or bamboo rafting to make your trip an unforgettable one.Here you can also watch the wildlife at close quarters.

Eco-Tourism Centre at Ambady Junction, Thekkady organizes the "Periyar Tiger Trail". A visitor can camp out in the forest in a pitched tent accompanied by a team of 5 guides and two forest officials.The cost per person is Rs 3000/- for 2 days and one night.
3 Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese fishing nets give the Kochi harbour its very unique identity.As the name implies they are of Chinese origion and are huge nets hung on teak posts.You can buy the fresh catch and get it grilled at a roadside eatery. Fresh catch, freshly grilled, a gastronomic delight.
4 Enjoy the fresh catch of the day

Select your choice of live fish from the fisherman’s net. He will fry it for you using local spices. The best places for this are Vasco da Gama Square in Fort Kochi and along the Malabar coast.
5 Snakeboat Race

Share the thrill of the boat race as 100 odd oarsmen row in perfect unison to the rhythm of full-throated boat songs to reach the finishing point.Held in August and September they are a very popular event,
6 Countrycraft Cruise:

Cruise the backwaters – sail through rural Kerala.
7 Massage to new life with Ayurveda

Rejuvenate yourself with an ayurvedic massage. The massage along with medicated bath and herbal diet therapy will revitalize the body and mind. more about Ayurveda in Kerala
8 Watch the bullock race

An exciting event in Kasargod.
9 Bathe in the mineral springs

A dip in the mineral waters of Varkala or in th Nelliyampathy forests in Palakkad will heal the mind and body.The medicinal properties make the water very efficacious.
10 Enjoy local art performances

Watch the story unfold in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Theyyam through intricate eye, hand and feet gestures.
11 Bathe in the Mountain Waterfalls

The crystal clear waters that flow down the mountains of Kerala make a wonderfully refreshing shower. Once considered to have medicinal properties as they carried down chemicals from the hill forests, today after deforestation any medicinal benefit has gone. However, if you are hot and tired from a climb through the woods, there is probably nothing more refreshing in the world than standing beneath the falls with your head in the water.

Our favourite waterfalls.
12 Enjoy water sports

Kerala beaches offer a wide range of waster-sports. Rafting, sailing, wind surfing and catamaran rides – take your pick
13 Cruise in a houseboat

Luxuriously furnished houseboats that take you through the backwaters. An unforgettable experience. Laze on the boat decks, treat yourself to the backwater delicacies.

more about houseboats
14 Savor nature’s refreshing tonic

A wonderful drink – the nutritional tender coconut. Refreshes and rejuvenates the body. Feast on its soft white flesh.
15 A train journey to discover Kerala

Seated at the window or standing at the door, observe Keralas landscape pass by.
16 Acquire an Aranmula Mirror

A priceless possession. The Aranmula mirror is made from an alloy of copper, white lead, silver and bronze mixed in a fixed ratio.This alloy is poured into a clay mould which is broken after cooling. This craft requires precision and care. At least 40% of the final product is damaged in the de-moulding process. After vigorous polishing for many hours,the mirror is fixed into an ornate brass frame with a handle. Some times the frame is mounted on a beautifully carved wooden stand.

These mirrors are unique to Aranmula: the only place in the world where this mirror is made.Only two families in Aranmula have the know-how which has been handed down from generation to generation.

Queen Elizabeth owns one of these mirrors from Aranmula. This mirror is held aloft on two carved elephants and mounted on a carved wooden stand.

Book at least one week in advance. Contact P Gopakumar :Phone – 0468-2319031 or 09847461462.

The ordinary medium sized hand mirror costs around Rs 1000/- The stand mounted mirror will cost more.
17 Treat yourself to a fireworks display

Brilliant fireworks are the master-pieces of Kerala festivals. Every temple or church festival in Kerala is accompanied by a grand firework display which might last for many hours. Mid-November to mid-May the period between the monsoons is festival season. Thrissur Pooram (festival) in April or early May is the venue of the largest fireworks display in Kerala.
18 Participate in the Thrissur pooram Kerala’s grandest temple festival

It becomes a part of the itinerary of any visitor to Kerala who has seen the Pooran once. Thrissur Pooram. The melam ( traditional temple music)which is played at the festival on musical instruments typical to Kerala,the kudamattam or display of specially decorated umbrellas in varied hues,on elephant backs(30),and the fireworks – all combine to make it a rich and splendid event.
19 For the art lovers

Art galleries with choice collections for the connoisseur and amateur . A wide array that includes world famous works by Raja Ravi Varma, Raja Raja Varma, Svetlana, Nicholas Roerich and rare murals, master-pieces from other parts of India, China, Japan, Mali, Tibet.
20 Watch Theyyam

The oldest ritual art of Kerala, Theyyam invokes the temple deity with frenzied dance.Common feature of temples in North Malabar.
21 Inland paradise

Visit the innumerable islands or sail through the lagoons. Watch the breathtaking sunset or enjoy the beauty of the undisturbed backwaters.Try the fresh seafood at Poovar or Bolghatty.
21 Kalamandalam tour

Set out on a glorious trip to one of the most sacred temples of art forms in Kerala – kalamandalam. Located on the banks of River Nila in Cheruthuruthy, Kalamandalam has a legacy of decades of being a well acclaimed residential center of learning of art forms and dances of Kerala. Click here to read more
22 Enjoy the temple music of Kerala – Panchavadyam

An orchestra of 5 instruments played in temples, especially during festivals.As indispensable as the elephant pageants.
23 Pooram (temple festival) spectacles

Experience the gaiety of a Pooram . Join in the excitement. Dozens of richly caparisoned elephants move in majestic procession. Typical temple music is played on traditional musical instruments. The skill of playing on each instrument has been handed down through generations.
24 Try a hand at percussion music

Kerala’s repertoire of percussion music and instruments is world famous. You can listen to the fascinating sounds of the percussion instruments or attempt to master the art of playing one.
25 Eat cashew nuts =

Kollam is abundant in cashew factories. Raw, fried, grilled, salted or spiced – no matter what your choice is – you will like them.
26 Live in a tree-house

Fulfill your desire to be with nature; stay in tree-house at Thekkady or in any wildlife sanctuary. The sweet scent of forest flowers will refresh your nerves and mind.
27 Unwind on the sun kissed beaches

Kerala has some of the best beaches in the world. Serene and secluded, the beaches promise you a choice of experiences – sun bathing,surf riding,water adventure sports; You name it: the beaches of Kerala have it.
28 See at first hand how coir is spun, give it a try

Watch mesmeric fingers at work with a traditional hand spindle, turning coconut fibers into long ropes. Coloured coir mats, wall hangings and carpets available at roadside stalls and shops at comparatively cheap rates.
29 Go mountain climbing

Climb up a mountain, get a bird’s eyeview, commute with nature. Chembara peak, 6890 ft from sea-level, is an ideal spot. It is in Vaithiri in Wayanad.
30 Watch the martial art of Kerala Kalarippayattu (Martial art)

Kalarippayattu is the martial art of Kerala.Nimble men, with oil glistened bodies , armed with traditional weapons, practice their feats – chattom (jump), ottam (run) marichil (somersault), adi (strike), idi (punch), thada (defence) and payattu (assault). Venue: CVN Kalari, near Sripadmanabha Temple, Thiruvananthapuram or CVN Kalari at Nadakavu, near Kozhikode
31 Have fun paragliding

Swoop over the lush green hills of Munnar on a para glider.An exhilarating experience.
32 Taste Keral’s own fried crunch snacks

Ethakka (banana, hard flesh, 8 to 10” long and about 15” dia) chips, sarkara varatti (1/4” to ½” thick cut in halves of ethakka chips coated with jaggery and dried ginger), chakka (jack fruit) chips, tgapioca chips, kuzhalappam (6” long 1” dia hollow fried rice snack) and achappam (4” dia ¼” to ½” height with net-like big holes made using a mould, fried rice snack).
33 Don’t forget to taste the world’s best breakfast

Kerala’s breakfast spread – Idli, dosa, masala dosa, vellayappam, uppuma, puttu. The cost is down cheap. From top luxurious hotels down to street’s makeshift stalls serve these items.
34 Taste the irresistible drink – madhura kallu

Sweet toddy extracted from coconut palm.
35 Get round of the snake park

The snake park at Parassinikadvu in Kannur is the only snake park in India. Three snake pits, and 15 glass-cages. King cobras caged in two large glass-cages. The snake demonstration is a major show. Treatment for snake-poison is undertaken here.
36 Cruise in Alappuzha backwaters and keep the excitement to close the heart

Alappuzha is a cluster of waterways. The name itself is derived from waterways. The travelers have extolled Alappuzha as the Venice of the East. Here the skiff is family vehicle and there is a saying children learn to swim before they initiate walk.
37 Embrace spice hills

The time spent amidst mist-clad, sprawling tea plantations and abound in tranquility is rewarding. Best bet is Munnar.
38 Grab the village beauty by a ride in an autorickshaw

Explore the village of Kerala. A small three-wheeled 3-seater taxi painted black and yellow – that is auto rickshaw.
39 Embrace the god at Maramon

Maramon in Kozhenchery, near Pathanamthitta, is the venue for Asia’s largest convention of Christians. The proper venue is the dry-sand of Pamba river. The event originated from efforts to counter the Latinization of Syrian Churches by Portuguese missionaries in 1889.
40 Buy a gold ornament

Keep it as a treasure or give as a present to the dear: Kerala’s women are gold-crazy. The intricately designed Kerala’s gold jewellery will steal any women’s heart. Thrissur is the capital of jewellery shops in Kerala.
41 Go souvenir shopping

Kerala is rich in handicrafts. Almost all handicraft centers have extra-ordinary collections of wood, coir shell and sandal wood souvenirs, trinkets, jewellery etc. Wood carved snake boats, elephants, masks of Kathakali, Ottamthullal, Kalarippayattu, jewellery box and many more.
42 Taste palpayasam

A sweet delicacy. Prepared with milk, rice powder and garnished with raisins and cashewnut fried in ghee is a delight for the palate. The payasam is made in different flavours. Ask the hotel to arrange.
43 Watch Arabian dhow and its making

This can be seen only in Beypore, near Kozhikode. The 1500 years old tradition vanished elsewhere in the world. An expert team of about 30 takes minimum 2 years to make a vessel in wood. Locally called uru, this Arabian shipping vessel is faded from the scene.
44 Leisure-walk in Fort Kochi and peep into the history

The Churches, mansions built by British, Dutch and Portuguese, 500 years ago in their own vivid architecture skill will greet leisure-walkers.
45 Eat yellow variety of Kerala bananas and lurk the taste

Synonymous with various types of plantains, the produces are in yellow, green and red colours. Leave green and red for later occasions. Make sure, yellow ones – long, dwarf and stout – have mouthed.
46 Visit bird sanctuaries and get refined

Hundreds of species of migratory and Indian birds play in Kerala’s scenic bird sanctuaries at Thattekad and Thekkady. Clap their aerobatic skills, zig-zag, music and sing.
47 Watch a kaikottikkali during Onam and drench in amuse

Kaikottikkali is a classical play. Deep clapping of palms in melody with articulated and measured steps and jumps in tune with the singing by the players themselves constitute the play. Mostly ladies, but gents too perform.
48 Savour a sadhya – a multi-course vegetarian meal

This feast is arranged mainly for weddings and during Onam. The course include rice, 10 to 15 vegetarian curries(dishes), banana chips, crispy pappad, pickles, bananas, rasom (fiery pepper soup), buttermilk, one or two varieties of payasam – jaggery and coconut-milk based, and the other milk-based.
49 Watch the making of a meter-tea and have one

This tea made in roadside makeshift stalls or mobile stalls is a competent rival to luxury hotels’ tea. The stalls’ tea cost may be Rs 2.50 to 3 only. Watch the expert pouring the tea from a bowl to a glass by hand stretching to a length of a meter or more, blending it well and building up froth in the process.
50 Visit scenic Kuttanad and enjoy the glamour of lush green paddy fields

Kuttanad is in the interior of backwater district, Alappuzha. Kuttnad is rice bowl of Kerala. The only place in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 meter below sea level.
51 Visit zoos and get excited

The zoological parks of Kerala have variety of species. The Thiruvananthapuram zoo is one amongst best in Asia. The zoo is set amidst lakes, lawns and woodlands.
52 Enjoy mussel delicacy

In local language mussel is called kallummakkaya. Mussel collection is a tedious job, but watching it is fun. The collectors dive and float up with basket-full of freshwater mussel. Very delicious item.
53 Pat Nilgiri Tahr

Half the world population of endangered Nilgiri tahr is at Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Pat and pose for pictures with them.
54 Try coconut oil on your head

The secret of Malayali women’s long, black and lustrous hair could be yours. Coconut oil is best nutrient for hair and skin.
55 Learn yoga and practice it for sickfree life:

The yoga relaxes mind and streamline the body.. Special ashrams at Thiruvananthapuram and Nileswaram, near Kasargod are the best locations. click here for more information about Yoga in Kerala

— copied from a travel website karma kerala


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