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TOP 10 things to do in Kerala

A Karnataka 10 THINGS TO DO IN OO KERALA > Tamil Nadu Kerala is a land of wonderful sights, sounds, places and foods. But before you embark on your journey, be sure to pick out the experiences you can't miss out on in Kerala. Arabian Sea << TripCrafters picks the 10 most delightful things to do in Kerala, God's Own Country. Kerala 1| WATCH A ΚΑΤHAKALI PERFORMANCE - Highly stylized classical Keralan play-in-dance form. Elaborate costumes, intricate gesturing & hypnotic percussions. - Originated during the 17th century. - Performances held in many tourist areas of Kerala. - Cochin has the most theaters, with daily performances. Cochin Cultural Center & the Kerala Kathakali Center are the most popular. 2 OPT FOR A HOMESTAY FOR PART OF YOUR VISIT - Explore the suburbs, hilltops & backwaters in un-touristy corners. - Experience the local culture & lifestyle of Kerala. - Sample the traditional home-cooked Kerala dishes. - There are about 400 homestays in Kerala. - Most popular ones in Alleppey, Wayanad, Kumarakom, Munnar & Kochi. - Information available at Kerala Homestay & Tourism Society; Kerala Tourism websites 3 VISIT THE IRINGAL CRAFTS VILLAGE - Traditional artisans showcase their skills & products here. - Visiting tourists can pick up lessons in crafts-making. - Great place for souvenir shopping. - Located on the shores of river Chaliyar near Kozhikode. HANDPANTED MASKS - Sprawling 20-acre land, just 1 km off the national highway. MAS SOCONUT wooOEN AmACTS 4 WATCH A KALARIPAYATTU BOUT - Martial art form regarded as one of the oldest & most scientific. - Aims to perfect the co-ordination between mind & body. - Involves jumping, running & somersaulting followed by use of daggers, swords, spears, maces etc. - Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady. - Anjaneya Kalari Marma Chikilsalayam, Kottayam. - Punarjani Traditional Village, near Munnar. 5| EXPLORE THE SANDALWOOD FORESTS AT MARAYOOR - Wander through enchanting forests of rare & expensive sandalwood. - Stone-age rock paintings & burial chambers found here. - The Forest Department sandalwood factory, Thoovanam Waterfall & Rajiv Gandhi National Park are nearby. - Located about 40 km from Munnar. - Nearest railway stations are Aluva, about 184 km; Angamali, about 149 km. - Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport about 148 km. 6| ΤΑΚE AΝ ELEPHANT RIDE - One of the most thrilling experiences while in India! - The mahouts (elephant handlers) are first class & the experience is fun & totally safe. - It's even possible to arrange a short wildlife safari on an elephant back! - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady is most popular for elephant rides. - Also experience it at Munnar Carmelagiri Elephant Park. 7 WATCH A THEYYAM PERFORMANCE - A form of worship, Theyyam is supposed to make life prosperous & remove obstacles. - Dancer dons the costume & makeup of a fierce warrior. - It is combination of playing of musical instruments, vocal recitations, dance, spectacular makeup & costumes. - Popular in the northern districts of Kerala known as the Kolathunadu area. - Performed annually from December to April. At the Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple in Kannur, Theyyam is preformed on all days. 8 TAKE A BOAT-RIDE DOWN THE PERIYAR RIVER - Ranked as one of the Top 10 wildlife safaris in India. - Frosted silver water & wondrous views of the jungles on either side. - The lake is also the most ideal place to watch the birds & animals on the shore. - Located in Thekkady, 4 km from Kumili ( Idukki district ). - Purchase tickets from the boat jetty, near the Wildlife Information Center. - It's possible to hire your own boat from the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. 9 PAMPER YOURSELF WITH AN AYURVEDA MASSAGE - Combination of ancient science & art. - Reduces the amount of toxins present in the skin, within muscles, joints & organs. - Sinfully relaxing experience through the stimulation of nerves & muscles. - Arya Vaidya Sala ayurvedic hospital in Kottakkal. - Top Ayurvedic Resorts: Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort. - Also consider an Ayurvedic houseboat & get treatment while exploring the backwaters! 10 SAIL DOWN THE ALLEPPEY BACKWATERS AT SUNSET - Alleppey has earned the name "Venice of the East". - Houseboats here are a reworked version of the erstwhile Kettuvallam (boat held together with coir knots). - Cruise down the backwaters & sip on cool coconut toddy for a magical experience! - Alleppey is located 62 km south of Kochi & 155 km north of Trivandrum. Book with the help of local travel agents or the District Tourism Promotion Council. Images: 1. 2. 3. tripcrafters 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. O WHERE ? WHY O WHERE O WHERE ? WHY AHM O WHERE O WHERE AHM O AHM E O WHERE ? WHY O WHERE O WHERE AHM O O WHERE O WHERE ? WHY AHM O AHM

TOP 10 things to do in Kerala

shared by tripcrafters on Jan 22
Kerala is a land of wonderful sights, sounds, places and foods. But before you embark on your journey, be sure to pick out the experiences you can’t miss out on in Kerala. TripCrafters picks the 10...




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