Top Things to do in Kerala

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala is the southern most state in India, and is a favourite among travelers and expats who are looking to move to India.  The state has a population of about 33 million, and is bordered by Karnataka on the north and north-east, Tamil nadu to the south and the east, and the Arabian Sea to the west. Although Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital, the major cities for tourists and expats are Kochi and Kozhikode.  I moved to Kerala, India from the UK in 2009 and have been living here for the last 3 years. In this article, I will look at the best ways for you to spend your time in Kerala.

 Kerala Backwaters

 One of the most peaceful and relaxing ways to spend your time in Kerala is to take a trip in a houseboat along the Kumarakom backwaters in Kerala.  Don’t forget to try the freshly cooked sea food made by the local fisherman. Many houseboats also allow you to spend the night on the houseboat.

 

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala backwaters by ruffin_ready, on Flickr

Wayanad

 Wayanad is the gateway to Kerala and if you are interested in seeing the wildlife – elephants, panthers, and deers – a weekend at Wayanad is something that you cannot miss. The lush green mountainous region stretches along the Western Ghats. Popular tourist attractions in Wayanad include trekking to Chembra peak, exploring the old temples, and climbing Edakkal Caves.

Fort Kochi

 Fort Kochi is the expat city in Kerala that has many influences from abroad, and the Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese and the Portuguese have all left their mark on this city.  I have been living in Fort Kochi for the last 2 years, and the city amazes me every day. The architecture, the historical sites are the most popular tourist attractions, although there is much more to see and explore on foot. Early evenings you can head to the waterfront, where the Chinese fishing nets line the shore, and relax in one of the many local restaurants. If you are an expat thinking about moving to Fort Kochi, I would suggest that you hire a quality moving company to help you make your move as there are many fraud movers who have come up recently. To have a stress free move, remember to plan your move well in advance.

Periyar National Park

 The Periyar national Park is one of the most popular national parks in southern India. One of the best things about the park is that it stays open throughout the year including the monsoons. Periyar is also popular for its elephants, and there are government run safaris that offer you 30-minute rides through the jungle.  Apart from the elephant rides, safaris carried out by boats are also popular among tourists. Kerala is one of the most environment friendly states in India, and you can take part in any of the various eco-tourism activities to do your bit for Kerala.

Varkala

 Varkala beach is not as famous as Goa, but the beach has clear blue waters with diving activities for tourists.  The beach is striking with the coconut palms and the cliffs on one side, and the water on the other. There are numerous beach shacks that offer accommodation on the beach, or of you prefer to stay away from the beach, there are a few hotels and guest houses that cater to tourists.

If you are in Kerala for a holiday, or as an expat planning to move to Kerala I would definitely recommend that you visit and do all the things that I mentioned in this article. Am currently working as freelance content editor for Feedbacq, and if you are visiting Kerala please feel free to contact me on tishanaince@gmail.com to get in touch. Also, if you have any suggestions on other places to see in Kerala, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

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