8 Best Things to Do in Kerala (never miss this)
Try Some Toddy
Kerala’s native alcoholic drink, Toddy, or palm wine, comes from palm sap. The sapphire from a cocoon palm is collected by a tapper who climbs the tree into a container. This sweet nectar is slightly smooth and kicked when fermented.
In small stuffed stall shops (usually with wooden benches), all served is Toddy (traditionally called Kallu). Inside the kitchen, you will find delicious Kerala dishes cooked with the little child and, they say, “the hotter the food is, the more drink you need.”
Explore Historic Fort Kochi
Known as the “Kerala Gateway,” Kochi is an eclectic, enchanting town. All of them have left their mark on Arab, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese culture. Fort Kochi is home to many of the architecture and historical sites in the area.
Explore Fort Kochi by foot or bicycle with its Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry palaces. Or book a site trip for three hours. Kochi can also be found in hotels and homestays suited to all kinds of budgets.
Discover the Ancient Port City of Muziris
Located about an hour north of Kochi, the multicultural Muziris is historically one of Kerala’s most important commercial ports. More than 1000 ans before the flood caused severe damage to the city, businesses flourished here.
The district of Muzuris is composed of Kodungallur and Paravoor and is rich with ancient churches. Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque in India to be a fascinating destination. Reserve a visit or walk the streets for ancient Indian culture by yourself.
Attend a Temple Festival
The temple festivals of Kerala that showcase India’s precious beast, the elephant, pays tribute to the local goddess and goddess. Watch big processions of bijou elephants, drummers, musicians, and floats carrying gods and goddesses throughout the March and April harvest season. The largest festivals are held in northern and central Kerala in the Districts of Thrissur and Palakkad, but many small temples across the state have small festivities if you’re not one for bright crowds.
Chill at the Beach
In the most popular and unaddressed areas of India, beaches in Kerala are more desirable than plays. Some rooms and facilities are lighthouses and others are only accessible by boat. Varkala Beach, a favorite beach for travelers, is lined with spectacular cliffs and shops. Stay on top of the cliff and see. If you want to do something, head towards Kovalam Beach in the Trivandrum Capital. However, it’s one of the busiest beaches in the state.
Spot Wildlife and Enjoy Nature
On the shores of a large artificial lake lies Periyar National park, one of the most magnificent attractions in Kerala. It is the most popular national park in southern India, complete with hilly forests and a multitude of wildlife. Periyar is open during the monsoon and offers a wide variety of eco-tourism activities, so you can explore nature, unlike other national parks in southern India. For a budget-worthy trip, book a stay during this low time.
Admire Mural Paintings
The colorful wall paintings of Kerala date back to the 9th century on the walls of temples, churches, and palaces. The oldest one is in Thirunandikkara’s rock-covered cave temple (now in the Tamil Nadu district of Kanyakumari), where there are only sketchy outlines. Krishnapuram Palace, near Kayamkulam, is the largest mural panel in the state (arising at 49 square meters.
In the Mattancherry Palace in Kochi are preserved extensive murals depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. And the murals of Ettumanoor Shiva Temple offer a glimpse of Dravidian’s earliest forms of wall art. The Padmanabha temple of Trivandrum and Vadakkumnatha Temple in Thrissur also feature other famous mural paintings.
Hanging out With Elephants
There is nothing more memorable than a journey with the largest mammals on Earth. You can ride an elephant at Elephant Junction in Thekkady and swim with one. In addition to elephant feeding and photography and complimentary tea or coffee, different programs include these delights. The full-day program includes planting tours, cardamom processing, and wood dragging. Stay at their 3-star Treetop hotel and enjoy multicultural dining and Ayurvedic massages.
A 55-km drive from Cochin airport lies two stunning Kerala Waterfalls: Athirappally and Vazhachal. Athirappal Falls, the larger of the two, cascades 80 meters high and is similar in monsoon to Niagara Falls. Heavy rains can however cause travel disturbances during the current season, which is between September and October the best period to visit.
Vazhachal Falls lies five kilometers down the road. Although not as spectacular is the drop in this waterfall, it’s all so majestic as Athirappally Falls and a great picnic area. The two falls are prohibited from swimming and bathing, but at Athirappally you can dip up before the fall.