Recently, thousands of travellers voted to name Kerala as the ‘most welcoming region’ in India. What’s surprising, is that it happened for the third year in a row.
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Kerala beat out Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to clinch the top spot—and the state’s combination of open-mindedness and sustainable tourist development might be the answer.
In the last few weeks, exciting ventures have sprung up near Trivandrum and Kochi that let the state’s natural beauty shine without holding back on a tourist’s desires. If you want a deep dive down south (think 3-4 days), then your search ends here.
Presenting: the best new travel ideas for Kerala in February 2021!
Beach parasailing in Kovalam
The government’s first parasailing project has begun on the aptly named Hawa Beach in Kovalam. Offered by Bond Adventures, it will allow travellers to enjoy winch parasailing, where you can take off and land on a speedboat without having to aim for the beach. This will be available from October to May every year.
Scuba diving is already popular in Kovalam, which is known for its calming Malabar scenery. The addition of parasailing hopes to rebrand the coastal city as a future water sports destination. Hawa Beach is around 30 minutes from Trivandrum Airport.
The art lover’s pitstop
Maestros at work, and a relaxing atmosphere—this is the matinee show to catch:
Kerala Arts And Crafts Village, Kovalam, showcases the intricate craftsmanship of traditional artisans to a global audience.
— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) January 20, 2021
The Vellar Tourist Village has opened as a charming settlement to spotlight a genuine piece of Kerala. Hosting 28 artisan studios with 50-plus kinds of handicrafts, the village has warm rustic architecture, an art gallery, an emporium, and food and beverage options to keep travellers busy on a day trip.
For event updates, follow the official handle (@kacvkovalam) on Twitter. The village is around 30 minutes from Trivandrum Airport.
See Kerala with thousand-year-old eyes
Want an active time wherever you go? Then become a part of Kerala’s eclectic history, and join the Muziris Paddle 2021!
Sign up for the two-day, 40-kilometre kayak expedition, and you’ll get to see the best natural sites and monuments on National Waterway 3, which coincides with the ancient Muziris trail.
Muziris, interestingly, was one of India’s earliest and most famous port cities. Its exact location was lost to time, but your journey will retrace part of its historic trade route.
The annual event also raises massive pollution awareness, as participants clean NW-3 on their journey. Nights are for rest and bonding, with folk music and cultural events.
Registrations are open on the official website of Jellyfish Watersports. The event begins with an orientation on February 11, with the actual journey starting the next day from Kottappuram Market Jetty in Kodungallur. The jetty is 45 minutes from Kochi Airport.
Getting to Trivandrum & Kochi
Travellers can hop onto direct flights from major Indian metros to both these locations. Nonstop connections to Trivandrum (some daily) are available from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, and Chennai, while cities like Lucknow and Ahmedabad have connecting options.
SpiceJet has also introduced 21 new domestic flights, which boosted services in the Delhi–Kochi and Kolkata–Kochi sectors.
Due to Sankranti, Pongal, and Republic Day, airlines have also thrown in seasonal discounts, which should let you bag some cheap tickets. If you book today (January 27) using the FLY10 coupon on ixigo, you can get up to Rs 2500 off!
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