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Kerala Travel Guide
Kerala is one of the finest luxury tourist destinations abounding in greenery and wonderful beaches that you will find anywhere in the world. Tourism in Kerala has been growing steadily. And to facilitate your decision for your holiday in Kerala, we have compiled a short guide on Kerala holidays giving you and idea of the must-dos of your Kerala luxury tour.
The shimmering silvery streams of the Kerala backwaters are world famous. To enjoy the tranquillity of the backwaters, you can go to classical beautiful places like Kumarakom and Allepey around the Vembanad Lake. The backwaters form the watery highways that one traverses in boats to commute between places. We can find you from the best of resorts right on the banks of the Vembanad Lake to enjoy the backwaters to small boutique heritage privately owned villas to make your stay luxurious.
Kerala Houseboat experience
To enjoy the backwaters of Kerala, one of the best options is to go around the water highways in a houseboat. A houseboat is a modern transition of what used to be the erstwhile rice boats in Kerala. We run luxury houseboats with air-conditioned rooms and open decks to traverse backwaters and the lake to see and enjoy the life in rural Kerala. Our houseboats even serve delectable cuisine that will reinforce the idea of Kerala at the same time taking care of a delicate palate.
The age old science of healing through natural oils and massages in India originated from Kerala. When we say “age old”, it does not mean centuries. It means millennia! Yes, we are talking about really old techniques that go back over 3000 years that are beating modern science even today. That is Kerala Ayurveda for you. Kerala and Tamil Nadu have arguably the best Ayurveda doctors and treatment that one can find and that money can buy. Depending upon your medical conditions as diagnosed by the doctors, your treatment can be anywhere between one week and six weeks and repeated later
The British East India Company was originally formed for trade in spices. And for several hundreds of years, Kerala remains the backbone of most spice production in the world. Take time off to visit the dense green spice plantations; cardamom, cloves, coffee, fenugreek, anis, pepper; you name it and you will find it growing there. Combine them and you will have the special taste of curry, tandoori, malai and other delicacies. Learn all about it in Kerala. Spices have been the mainstay of Kerala economy for eons. The spice plantations that you will visit are so dense that you may lose yourself in the greenery.
Kerala Tea Plantations
Kerala has undulating lands, the Nilgiri Mountains, the Western ghat hills and the beaches. On the hilly tracts of Kerala you get to see the velvety stretches of the green tea plantations that leave you mesmerised. Tea plantations of Kerala on the hills are some of most beautiful sights that you will ever see. You can walk in the tea gardens and see how the women gather the tea and take them to the processing centre.
There are places in Kerala where you can see the rearing of elephants. Some of these elephants are near spice plantations. In fact you can visit the spice plantations on elephant back. We advise you to mount the elephant bareback. This is a special feeling since you are in direct contact with the animal and the animal feels you too. Later you can participate in the bathing of the elephant which is also a lot of fun. This is a rather unique activity.
The Beaches of Kerala are outstanding. There are numerous places where you can go to enjoy these beaches, Kovalam, Mararikulam, Varkala to name a few. Some of these beaches are near cliffs giving the place an outstanding view of the ocean during the sunset when the cliffs change colour. And in close proximity to these beaches we recommend very special private luxury accommodation waiting for select travellers looking for peace, tranquillity and amazing cuisine!
Seeing the amount of greenery and topographical diversity that Kerala has to offer, it is not surprising that Kerala has a rich fauna on offer as well. Typical example is the Periyar wildlife reserve. Bird watching for ornithologists is at its best. Wild animals of various species are there to be discovered in day and night treks organised in the jungle and local boat rides on the lake.
Every part of India is unique in its culture. Kerala stands out in this respect. One visit of Fort Cochin and you will get an idea of the richness of the culture. You see traces of Dutch and Portuguese architecture everywhere. A good guide will show you where the seven bastions of the Fort once stood. Some traces of the wall still remain. Visit the oldest synagogue in Indian history in Cochin. And in the evening indulge yourself in a classical dance recital called Kathakali which has one of the most intricate make up processes in any dance form.
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This Kerala Travel guide will help you plan your trip to India better. Of course in our tailor made luxury Kerala tour packages, most aspects that you want are taken care of. This is a guide to show you the multiple possibilities. And it is a rough indicator. Once you come to us, we can show you that much more is possible. Please fill up this form for bespoke travel to India and Kerala and we will design your custom private tour of Kerala.
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