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The word Kerala means ‘land of coconuts.’ The whole area of Kerala is covered with millions of coconut trees. With its breathtaking landscape, beautiful sand beaches, warm weather, serene backwaters, Kerala is truly God’s own country.
1. What to see
Kerala offers a complete package to any tourist or traveler. There are deserted beaches for spending a relaxed day, but also other attractions like night clubs, memorial architecture, and did we mention Backwaters yet?
- Kerala is home to lush tea plantations
- Kerala’s nightlife
2. Where to stay
Kerala’s backwaters are the best place to have a relaxing stay away from the stressful world. The houseboats are equipped with all basic amenities. To enjoy the houseboat experience to the fullest, a strict rule of no electricity and no gadgets is recommended, with their own living room, kitchen and chef and even a Jacuzzi on top.
3. Something out of the ordinary
Apart from Houseboats, Kerala has other less conventional stays. If not the backwaters, you can accommodate yourself on land with a fancy mansion in the premises of a tea plantation. Other options include stay in the caves of Wayanad, a resort by the beach, or a tree house!
4. What to eat
Your palette would be the happiest with delicious Keralan food on offer. With a diversified menu available at all restaurants featuring classics as well as traditional dishes, food options in Kerala are plenty.
- Generally, the food offered is spicy
- Kerala cuisine
5. Typical day in food
Your day would start with a heavy breakfast featuring items like a Dosa (rice crepe) with an assortment of chutneys and dips. This is followed by lunch and dinner that features traditional curries. A mind-boggling 24 different vegetarian dishes is on the list to choose from and a few seafood dishes are available all around the state and almost the entire state is dominated by curries.
- For a true feast try Sadya (or Sadhya), Kerala traditional buffet.
- Fried rice pancakes
6. What to drink
Drinking your choice of spirit shouldn’t be much of a problem. Being a state in the tropical region, the land of Kerala features an extensive array of juices, shakes, and cocktails. Almost all kinds of fruit drinks are available here at a cheap price and feature fruits like Pineapple, Mango, Pomegranate, Orange, and Watermelon.
7. How to get there
With two international airports, the land of Kerala can easily be reached without having to board indirect flights. The Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram airports have several international as well as domestic flights that treat their fliers well. Apart from the sky, you can reach Kerala either by a train or by bus, which takes longer, but is more affordable.
8. When to go
An amazing climate is in store for you if you travel anytime between December and February in the calendar year. During the summer, which is from March to May, it could get hot and humid, but extreme temperatures are not expected. If you are looking to travel in the Monsoon, during August, you can expect cheaper rates for travel as well as for stay.
- Mean temperatures 25.0–27.5 °C in the calendar year
- The highest recorded temperature in Kerala is 41.9 °C
9. People of Kerala
Kerala treats it tourists, well. It tries to ensure your comfort over theirs. They are warm and welcoming as per their culture; however, as a tourist, it is important not to disrespect their customs, social taboos like drinking or smoking in public, obscenity in your clothing, etc.
- If you must smoke, hotels have private lobbies to do so
- Same for alcohol, there are restaurants with permits to serve it
10. Is it safe?
Certain sections of the tourists, especially families, are terrified to tour India. Considering the stories of horror on the different states, it isn’t wrong to assume Kerala could have something similar; however, it does not. Kerala is a really well maintained and developed state. The literacy rate is nearly 100% and the healthcare standards are the best in India.
You’re bound to have safe travel around and a great time in Kerala. There’s a reason it is referred to as ‘God’s own country’!
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