Kerala Tour Plan: Serene stretches of emerald backwaters, neighborhood by the Arabian Sea in the west, luring hill stations, exotic wildlife and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys its unique geographical features, which attracts a large amount of population from across the globe.
The state is one of the finest blends of the classic and the contemporary culture, offering an intriguing kaleidoscope of more than a decade of history, rich culture and heritage, unique architecture, interesting customs and what not. Its meandering woven tapestry are made up of picturesque hill stations, meandering lagoons, jungle waterfalls, rejuvenating Ayurveda packages, spicy seafood, exotic wildlife, vibrant art forms, dynamic boat races, sacred pilgrimage places and so on.
Here are some of the fascinating and intriguing pieces about this peaceful and pristine south Indian state, Kerala.
First is Communication in “God’s own Country”
A big round of applause to the people of Kerala for giving the highest literacy rate. A big advantage to the international travelers and of course to the people who are from other States of India, as the people speak but also and understands English very well as if now it runs in their blood.
The Keralians are known for their humble and warm-heated friendliness and even they are known to be one of the most comfortable travel companions thus, making your travelling experience worth remembering.
Enthral yourself at the backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters are one of the most interesting geographical features of Kerala. It is actually a chain of Brackish lagoons and lakes lying almost parallel to the western coast of the state. This interconnected network of canals, lakes and inlets is estimated to be about 900 Iqms of maze-like waterways!
The scenic sight of backwaters of Alleppey is a visual and a spiritual treat to rejuvenate our mind. Floating in a houseboat through the canals ringed by the sprawling forest covers, the experience in Alleppey is one of its kinds. Amidst the scenic backwaters of Alleppey, relish the sky turning pink during sunset and let that aura heal you to bits.
The Spice garden of India
Located between the Lakshadweep Sea and Western Ghats, Kerala provides a large quantity and also a good quality spices which are used almost everywhere.
Thus, as we recall they have made not only the portuguese, the dutch, the french and even the Britishers to be lured by the black gold also commonly known as pepper. Kerala has been a prominent spice exporter since 3000 BCE.
Oldest yet standing Teak Trees
Located about 40 kilometres from the Malappuram town in Kerala’s Malappuram district, two teak trees are believed to be the oldest in the world.
It is truly an amazing experience to see a 460+ years old Kannimara TEAK and to understand the beliefs of tribals. It is believed that when this teak was once tried to cut, red colored liquid similar to blood came out in large volumes and then tribals decided not to cut it and from then it is worshiped as Kannimara which means “Virgin Tree”.
The former President of India Pranab Mukherjee has declared Kerala as India’s first digital state during the launch of digital empowerment campaign at Kozhikode, Kerala. Idukki (1st Digital District) in Kerala has become India’s first district to be linked to the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN).
Wealthiest Hindu temple in the World
Hinduism is a prominent religion of the subcontinent of India and hence more than 1,60,650 temples are present today in the country.
One that has been most popular for its financial value in short the richest Hindu temple in the world is located in Kerala. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the richest temple regarding gold and precious stones.
The Paradise of Ayurveda
Kerala has been known for its pioneer in medication using Ayurveda as its treatment method since ages. It is also home to Somatheeram, the world’s first Ayurvedic Resort. Ayurveda was used for medical treatment primarily but lately Ayurveda is also gaining its popularity in beauty, massage and hair treatment thus the overall aesthetic aspects.
Even today with the modernization of medicine, Kerala has still chosen to be stuck with the uses of age-old Ayurveda techniques to fight and cure most of its diseases. It is also popular for treating arthritis in the state. Ayurveda is the primal mode of medicine in Kerala.
Abundance of Coconut Trees
You turn your head left you see trees and then you turn right and you notice seas!
If you see a lot of coconut trees on your way, then you should not ask, which state is it; because it’s Kerala for sure! Well, there should be a coconut census by the government!!
About 7.70 lakh hectares of cultivated area in Kerala is just used for coconut plantations. This is the reason that its production plays a very vital role in the state’s economy. Even the state is named after it. ‘Kera’ stands for coconut tree whereas ‘alam’ means land. Thus, Kerala can be iterated as the land of coconut trees.
Kerala and Its Iconic Elephants
People of Kerala doesn’t seem to be just restrict themselves to keeping cats and dogs as their pets, they seem to have a completely different connection with elephants. Kerala has more than seven hundred elephants in captivity. Most of the elephants are owned by temples and individuals. They are mainly used for religious ceremonies in and around the temples. An elephant is featured on the emblem of the Kerala State, and it’s also the state animal of Kerala.
Yet, there is no end to the beauty and serenity and tranquillity of Kerala so don’t spend your time just reading about it, it’s time for you to explore it yourself.
How to Spend Five Days in Kerala?
The sparkling shades of greenery around, aroma of tea plantations, gaiety feeling of waking up to the natural landscape views, and stress-bursting vibes of Yoga and Ayurveda Camps- all these blissful things in Kerala are waiting to soothe you.
As soon as you enter this beautiful piece of soul-quenching land, the greenery will slow down your pace, so that you can enjoy a laid-back vacation. Kerala truly has everything that can make your dream vacations come true, as if the swathe has actually passed against the “magic mirror” and transformed into a more buoyant area.
The state is away from all the frenzy of the world, resting in its own original state, giving its visitors a perfect example of natural beauty, round the year.
If planned diligently, the tour of Kerala in 5 days would be sufficient to include all the Best Things to do in Kerala and also all the major sightseeing attractions of Kerala. Even if you are planning a family trip or a honeymoon trip or a tour to find an escape from your monotonous life, be free, because this “God’s Own Country” has something magical in its treasure for all its visitors.
Kerala 5 Day Tour Plan:
Day 1: Cochi to Munnar
Introduce yourself to the beauty of Kerala by arriving in Cochi also known as Kochi, your first destination. Explore this exhilarating beauty of the city with the famous Kochi Fort- a whole treasure trove full of historical, cultural and beautiful art inspired collection.
It is a historical monument, where you can still explore the marks of magnificence and heritage. Here, you’ll be stunned by looking at everything from royal colonial mansions to impressive Portuguese churches. Try to visit this site during the sunset to get the best pictures of the colorful sky and fishing nets.
Then drive away to Munnar. You can spot various sightseeing attractions on your way to Munnar. Have a pretty photo moments right there at Valara Falls witnessing the tranquilizing beauty of mother nature. Then go for Alachal Elephant Ride. En-route your way you would spot many picturesque locations including tea plantations, and rubber plantations.
The subtle aroma of cardamom plantations would knock you with some urges. The plantations on either side of those would give you a feeling of mini hill station right there and a city so green is breathtaking anyways. So while enjoying such mesmerizing view you will end up reaching Munnar.
Day 02: Fall in awe of the intoxicating beauty of Munnar
Welcome to the land of tea plantations, landscape destinations, and verdant hills. Traverse through the tea plantations and also visit the actual Tea Museum to dig deep into the process of tea leaves.
One Has to visit “Eravikulam National Park”- First National Park of Kerala. Witness NilgiriTahr living in their natural habitat here. Get fascinated by the surround lush-green hills and quaint villages around.
Day 03: Munnar to Thekkady or Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
In Thekkady, the best place to visit is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot animals like elephant, deer, the great Indian tiger and boar. Also you can visit mullaperiyar dam. Having a tour of spice plantation is another interesting part of Kerala tour.
In the evening, you can plan a visit to witness folk dance like kathakali, or go for an elephant ride, jeep safari, natural walk, bamboo rafting, jungle patrolling or trekking.
Day 04: Get stunned at the view of Falls
Athirapally Waterfalls – These are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our country and is a very important tourist spots in Kerala. You can take some time out to spend a day at this site to enjoy the wonderful waterfalls at the Chalakudy River in Thrissur district situated at the entrance of a very famous Sholayar hill ranges.
The waterfalls drop through many streams, running parallel to each other situated at a height of 80 feet offering a magnificent scenic beauty to its visitors.
During monsoons, the place is compared to Niagara Falls. Thus, it is the biggest waterfall in the entire state and is one of the top-most visited places in Kerala. The travelers can climb up to the top of the falls in 15 minutes and enjoy impressive views of the waterfall & hills. Trekking in this area is very common along with enjoying swimming in the streams.
The water from the stream further falls into the Arabian Sea. You can even visit the nearby Athirapally Forest to spot animals like lion tailed macaque, Asiatic elephant, Malabar pied hornbill, leopards, etc.
Day 05: Get to know the history and culture in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala is one of the favorite holiday destinations in Kerala. Dotted by numerous historic monuments, museums, magnificent tourist attractions, palaces and parks- the place is worth spending a night.
If you love spending time in the woods and longing to witness Lion in their natural habitat then a visit to Neyyar Dam and Wildlife sanctuary would be no less than a treat for you. The place also houses an Elephant rehabilitation center and a crocodile farm.
Also other beautiful places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram are Padmanabhaswamy temple, Poovar Island, Kanakakunnu Palace and Napier Museum. Even after bustling city life, the place doesn’t spare a chance to fascinate you with its sprawling greenery all around.
Mark the end of your trip with a handful of joyous memories which you would cherish for a lifetime. Hiring an amazing tour agency will be a great choice as well.