Some places on Earth are blessed with immense natural beauty that they appear surreal to first time visitors. Kerala is one of them. If you are seeking utmost tranquility, Kerala should automatically top the list – there’s a reason why it’s called “God’s own country.” You have to visit the place to believe it. What makes Kerala so special? Let’s find out.
The Majestic Backwaters
For some tourists, the backwaters are the main reason to visit Kerala. The experience of exploring these backwaters on houseboats is unparalleled as one can savour the picturesque and captivating views of the verdant rice fields and palm lined waterways. The most popular backwater destinations in Kerala are Kumarakom and Alleppey. There are various luxury resorts along the backwaters, where tourists can seek accommodation.
Exquisite Waterfalls and Wildlife
Kerala has some of the most well-preserved biosphere reserves and wildlife sanctuaries including Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ernakulam National Park and Begur Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors can enjoy wildlife safaris in these sanctuaries and explore Kerala’s flora and fauna. Amidst the thick vegetation, one can relish the mesmeric views of the alluring waterfalls such as Kombaikani and Meenmutty.
The pristine coastline of Kerala has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. Kovalam is one of the most popular beaches of Kerala, which is also known as the “Lighthouse Beach” among tourists. Exquisitely nestled on the top of a cliff, this place offers a stunning view of the entire area and is considered ideal for those seeking a rejuvenating vacation. Another popular beach is Varkala, which has a long and winding stretch of cliffs to offer breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea.
Nothing can beat the experience of treading across the picturesque tea plantations while soaking up the view of the verdant valleys and mystical hills. Munnar is one such enthralling hill station in Kerala that is dotted with numerous stretches of tea plantations extended across the small hills and valleys. Right in the lap of nature, stay amidst these lush green surroundings complemented by misty hills, winding lanes and exotic wildlife.
Kerala is home to the ancient art of healing “Ayurveda.” Various ashrams and rejuvenation centres across the state offer relaxation therapies to tourists using traditional Ayurveda methods based on yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic diet, massages and the use of natural herbs and oils. Kerala enjoys a moderate and balanced climate throughout the year, which is considered ideal for Ayurvedic treatment. Some of the renowned Ayurveda clinics in Kerala are Nagarjuna Ayurveda, Kalari Kovilakam, and Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala. There are various Ayurveda rejuvenation resorts that are mainly located at various beach destinations.