Situated in India’s Deep South, Kerala has been drawing in travellers from around the world for more than half a century. Kerala is made up of small, laid back cities, making it a welcome break for travellers who have been exploring India’s large metropolises. With some of India’s finest beaches, historical attractions and lush rainforests, the tropical paradise of Kerala will not disappoint.
Kerala is one of India’s most pricey regions which mean that the accommodation here is quite expensive. However, rest assured that accommodation is of a high standard here and it is still better value than many European destinations. If you are keen to save money on accommodation, avoid visiting Kerala during the peak season (December to January).
Kerala has a good selection of accommodation options which cater for a variety of taste and many of it feature traditional regional architecture. From traditional huts to modern guesthouses and heritage manners, there is something for everyone!
What to Do in Kerala
Undeniably, one of Kerala’s major draw cards is its 600km-long coastline. Along the coast there is a good selection beaches including big beaches fringed by cafes, bars and facilities and small secluded beaches for those looking for something more relaxing. Two of the most popular beaches in the state are Kovalam Beach and Varkala, both of which are close to the capital city.
If you can tear yourself away from the coast, there are plenty of other attractions to check out in Kerala. There are a number of historic towns and villages to explore; one of the most famous is Kochi (commonly called Cochin) which was one of the first European colonies. Kochi has a number of interesting historic sites to see including the Pardesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace, a historic palace which is home to a number of important murals and portraits.
Kerala is a fantastic destination for animal lovers as there is the Zoological Gardens & Museums in the capital (Trivandrum) and the Periyar Wildlife Reserve in Thekkady. Trivandrum’s zoo has a fantastic collection of animals, highlights of the zoo include the reptile house and tigers. In addition, there is also a gallery and a pair of museums to explore. Dating back to the early 20th Century, the Periyar Wildlife Reserve has a varied collection of indigenous species, including sloth bears, kingfishers and Indian tigers.