A small tour through Kerala- Gods Own Country
Kerala, a southern land of India with its neighbouring states Karntaka and Tamil Nadu, is an ideal place to enjoy serenity and rejuvenation. The charming beauty with picturesque landscapes of undulated terrains and scintillating backwaters truly justifies its name. The picture-perfect backdrop of Kerala truly depicts that God has showered this state with vibrant nature all around. With its mystique mountains, lush green surrounding and soft sandy beaches that merges with the serene backwaters,it is a real place of charm. Every year flocks of tourists from all around the world visit this place to rekindle their mind and soul. Kerala content all types of cravings, be it the urge of the honeymooners to cuddle in their love or be it to refresh from the hustle and bustle of the city life. A perfect place for exploration, meditation and romanticism, Kerala is just like a treasure trunk.
Mountains have always been accredited to offer refreshing holidays and likewise Kerala is a land of majestic hilly terrains thus making your vacation a truly relaxing one. Enjoy the view from the top of the mountains or live amidst the lush green undulated terrains, here you will get a scope to re-discover yourself enclosed by its secluded atmosphere. While struggling with your regular schedule, it sometimes becomes necessary to refresh your mind and soul amidst a calm surrounding.
Munnar is one of the popular pick among all of the globetrotters visiting Kerala. With its sparkling waterfalls flowing down the mountains, this place is a real treat to your eyes. The lush greenery of Munnar, houses spice and tea plantations as well. If you want to spend your vacation in the laps of the mountains and that too, far away from the busy city life then Munnar is the perfect place to pack your days with peace and serenity.
Vagamon is another pleasing part of the nature that Kerala beholds. It is a small hill station interspersing through the rocky terrains which showcases an enigmatic view of the valley lining with pine forests. Situated at a lower altitude than Munnar, this hilly treasure enjoys a charming weather even if you take a leisurely stroll in the summer afternoons.
It is one of the hidden treasures of Wayanad with its tropical dense forest, scintillating waterfalls jutting out of the mountains, sparkling streams passing in its own rhythm and a varied range of flora and fauna. The tree houses and the trekking trails of Vythiri will allure you to experience something unique. Whether you live in those tree houses and wake up every morning by the calls of the birds or have an adrenaline rush by expediting for a trekking trail, all together Vythiri is bound to create some exceptional outdoor experience for you.
Not only the majestic mountainous backdrop, Kerala enthralls with the beauty of its sandy shorelines as well. It is adorned with many sandy beaches which are perfect stretch to relax your body on holidays.
With a conglomeration of three sandy beaches, Kovalam is located a few kilometers away from the Trivandrum city nestling along the bank of the Arabian Sea. Of all the three beaches the famous one is the Lighthouse Beach which is a very shallow beach where you can take a leisurely stroll or can swim in the waters of the pacific Arbaian Sea.
As one of the famous tourists spot in Kerala, Alleppey attracts flocks of tourists every year. As a calm and peaceful beach, tranquility prevails here and thus people like to repose their mind and body on the sandy shorelines of this place. Summers are a bit hotter but the remaining part of the year is quite comfortable and pleasant. Other than the beach, the park of Alleppey and the lighthouse located near it are the major points of attractions here.
As Kerala is a land of peace so its beaches are also a hub of tranquility, and thus Bekal is another such name in the list of peaceful beaches of Kerala. Lined by casuarinas and palm trees which forms a natural shed for the strollers, this golden sandy beach of Bekal is a perfect place to cherish the serenity of Kerala.
Located at the south of Kerala, this beach is adorned with some cliffs emitting out of the shores of the Arabian Sea. Enriched with some mineral water springs and spas along the cliffs, this place boasts of having healing properties which is required to refresh your mind and soul.
Sparkling streams, interconnected waterways and lagoons have transverse through Kerala. These backwaters are the major attractions of Kerala as tourists love to enjoy their holidays sailing on those tranquil waterways lined up with vibrant greenery. You can cruise on them or you can also book a houseboat for yourself where you can spend your vacation while sailing with quietude of the waterways.
As one of the most preferably chosen destination for backwater cruising, Alleppey satisfies the craving of many. As you cruise through the water you will be enthralled to hear the chirping of the birds peeking out through the green coconut trees lining along the waterways and the rhythmic melodious tune of the water under the vast stretch of a pastel blue sky.
With a cluster of islands, Kumarakom is located on the Vembanad lake and is known mostly for its backwater cruising. Plan your stay in the sea-facing resorts lining along the shoreline or spend your nights in the houseboats with good food, charming nature and authentic Keralean hospitality.
Cruising through the backwaters of Kollam will give you a unique and divine experience as you will sail through the sparkling waters adorned with water lilies and lotuses, ducks swimming along the lush green landscapes and the egrets flying down from above. Glimpses of the making procedure of the traditional Kerala houseboats are also available from the houseboats.
The waterways experience in Cochin is an amalgamation of marine, historical and urban experience. A boat tour in Cochin will take you to the popular attractions of the place be it the forts, the palace or any other places.
Last but not the least, one of the special mentions of Kerala is its wildlife sanctuaries. Amidst the lush green surroundings of Kerala, the wildlife tours are enough to rush your adrenaline. So, this southern beauty is not only about honeymooners or vacationers, it is also a perfect spot for the adventure freaks as well.
A few kilometers away from Cochin lays the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where you can take a tour of the unique floras and faunas by a jeep, or a boat ride, or a bamboo rafting, or by night walks and you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the wildlife of Kerala.
Wayanad is home for many rare wild species and migratory birds which dwell here. While enjoying the adventurous activities like wildlife safaris, elephant rides and bird watching, you can feel the essence of the vibrant lush greenery of the surrounding.
Thus plan a quick trip to God’s own country to enjoy all these charming experiences and capture the mesmerizing moments as one of the best trip of your travel diary.
Wrriten by Ms. Jayatri majumdar