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Monisha Jaswal Nov 14 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Kerala?

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Planning a trip to God’s Own Country? Well, it’s the right time to make a trip there with ixigo’s LTC discount on hotels and flights booking! But before that, check out the top 10 reasons to visit Kerala.

Blessed with misty mountains, picturesque backwaters and scenic beaches, Kerala is a real paradise in every sense.


Tea Plantation in Kerala

1. Picture Perfect Backwaters and Houseboats

The slow, tranquil backwaters, strung together by an intricate network of canals and lagoons are a highlight of Kerala. Here, the day begins and ends on the calm waters.


Kerala Backwaters (by ruffin_ready)


Kerala Backwaters (by Koshyk)

Another interesting feature of Kerala are the houseboats. They are the perfect way to enjoy the backwaters. You can start your backwaters tour from a number of places, including Alleppey, Ernakulam, Kumarakom, Kottayam and Kollam, famous cities in Kerala. Sit on the deck of a houseboat and see the world float by...bliss!


Houseboat in backwaters (by Sarath.kuchi)

2. Western Ghats

Kerala is one of those states where you can enjoy the magic of the Western Ghats to the hilt. Cities like Wayanad, Munnar and Ponmudi spread out over the delightful landscape of the Western Ghats. These picturesque places are ideal for a visit any time of the year.


Kerala Western Ghats (by Binoyjsdk)


Western Ghats in Kerala (by Poorna Kedar)

3. Festivals

The festive calendar of Kerala remains packed all through the year with major celebrations like Snake Boat Race in Alleppey, Theyyam festival (celebrated in Kolathunadu area) and Thrissur Pooram (celebrated in Thrissur). All these are celebrated with much ardor and they are a treat to watch as well.


Snake Boat Race (by Arun Kumar Sinha)


A local festival in Kerala

4. Rejuvenating Ayurveda Therapy

Globally acknowledged as one of the best rejuvenating experiences, Kerala Ayurveda is an unique tradition which perfectly blends a host of Ayurveda practices with modern medicine to offer a truly rejuvenating and soothing experience.


Ayurveda treatment (by www.adamshomestaycochin.com)

Kerala is dotted with Ayurvedic resorts— a perfect blend of beautiful locations and serious treatment—that do credit to both Ayurveda and tourism. Some of the most popular are Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort in Thiruvananthapuram, Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort in Palakkad and Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Resort in Alappuzha.


Kairali Resort (from official Facebook page of Kairali Resort)

5. Tranquil Beaches

Attention beach lovers! The state boasts of some of the most beautiful beaches in India. Cities like Kovalam, Varkala and Thalassery have stunning patches of golden sand which are excellent for swimming, water sports or just a leisurely walk.


A Kerala beach (by Aleksandr Zykov)


Kovalam Beach

There are a number of lovely beach resorts which are just perfect for that ultimate beach getaway. The beaches are definitely one of the top 10 reasons to visit Kerala.

6. Shopping in Kerala

Shopping in Kerala is a true delight as there is a lot to buy here--gold Travancore saris, jiggling Kathakali dolls, sandalwood handicrafts and Indian spices to name a few.


Local Souvenirs


Local Saree Shop

7. Lush Green Plantation

Always loved the sight of sprawling tea and coffee plantations? Well, a trip to God’s Own Country will surely fulfill your wish. Cities like Kottayam, Munnar and Wayanad have lush plantations and many of them offer fabulous plantation stay options as well.


Plantation in Kerala (by VinothChandar)


Plantation Stay

8. Exotic Wildlife

Home to some most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India, Kerala is truly a paradise for wildlife lovers. Don’t miss a trip to places like Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.


Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary


Periyar National Park

9. Local Delights

Food in Kerala has distinct local and regional flavours and there are a number of good restaurants across cities where you can find delicious local as well as international dishes.


A typical Kerala Meal

10. Plan a Stay at Jungle Resorts

Jungle resorts in Kerala are a fun way to spend some time in the verdant forests while you enjoy a luxurious and cozy stay! Some famous choices include Vythiri Resort, Rain Country Resort, Jungle Park Resort and Pugmark Jungle Resort among others.


Vythiri Resort (from official website of Vythiri Resort)


Vythiri Resort (from official website of Vythiri Resort)

Plan well in advance so that you can take maximum advantage of the ixigo LTC discount on hotels and flight bookings. Take your pick from the list of top 10 reasons to visit Kerala and get ready for a memorable vacation.

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