Offbeat travel destinations of Kerala a perfect spot for an effortless and cost-effective trip

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Blessed with hill stations, valleys, wildlife destinations, waterfall destinations and a number of such attractions Kerala to the south is one of the fascinating tourist destinations. The place mostly attracts the attention of the travellers to a greater extent with the rich greenery and the number of natural resources that the state holds in. The climatic condition of the state which stays moderate throughout the year is one other thing that grabs the attention of the travellers. Even after being a state with so much of potential in travel and tourism most of the travellers touring to Kerala find it difficult to explore some of the best travel destinations due to the high travel cost in the areas.  This is true to an extent too most of the travel operators in Kerala charges a very high price for tour packages organised to well-known travel destinations of Kerala like the hill stations of Munnar, Idukki, Wayanad and more. The prices would be even higher during the top seasons which would be unacceptable by most of the domestic travellers. This is one main element that affects the growth of tourism in Kerala. But the state, being located closer to the Western Ghats houses a number of fascinating offbeat travel destinations with heart-warming beauty. With a cool climate and rich natural beauty, most of these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala are best options for budget travel trips to the south. Listed below are some of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala that tourists could explore under very cheap and affordable travel rates.

Ponmudi

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Located at a distance of about 61 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Ponmudi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala to the Western Ghats. One main attraction of the hills is its location which is very remote and is perfect for a nature escape from the loud polluted city. This is one main reason for the place to be included in the budget and cost-effective packages organised to the south. The place could be explained as one of the best hill stations to the south with rich green mountains, hills and valleys. With a number of small brooks and rivers, colourful mountain flowers and rare collection of birds and butterflies, Ponmudi is one best destination for trekking and a number of other adventures. With a number of fascinating and aromatic tea plantations, waterfalls and hills the place is one best destination for travellers who would love to enjoy a mountain life.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Golden Valley: A beauteous spot near Ponmudi with the fascinating beauty of golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley which is an ideal spot to relax.
  •         Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River the wildlife destination is known to house rich flora and fauna.
  •         Mini Zoo: Located at an easy reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo is known to house a large number of Barasinghas which is one of the main attractions in the land.

Nelliyampathy

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Filled with all the beauty of nature, Nelliyampathy is a fascinating offbeat destination located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Palakkad. Plantations are one of the main attractions in the land. The place houses some of the best plantations in the land which includes orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming.  Travellers from different parts of the world visit this destination not just to enjoy the beauty of the place and the climate but also due to the low travel cost. Most of the travel operators like Dream Holiday offers the tourist with cheap tour packages to this fascinating hill station in Kerala with an aim to promote tourism in the land. In addition, a number of adventure packages are also offered to the land. Being a place located to the hill station the place offers a number if adventures like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits and more making the place a perfect destination for adventure lovers.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Nenmara: A fascinating village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres. The village is famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival.
  •         Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy this rich wildlife sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna.
  •         Nelliyampathy Hills: Offering the travellers with a fascinating view of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills is one main attraction of the place which is almost 2 kilometres from the city.
  •         Padagiri: Standing at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level Padagiri is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills which is located approximately 3 kilometres away from the city.
  •         Raja’s Cliff: The cliff is one of the best spots where one could enjoy the splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes. Located at a distance of about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy, the Raja’s Cliff lies at an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level. The place offers the travellers with the marvellous view of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot.
  •         Palagapandi Estate: The estate holds in a charming colonial Bungalow which is one of the most beautiful spots in Nelliyampathy.
  •         Malampuzha Gardens: A literal paradise for children, the garden located nearly 33 km from Nelliyampathy is a must visit picnic spot. The children’s park, aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain are all the best things that attract the travellers mostly families to the place.

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Most of the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala offer cheap and affordable packages due to its less popularity. With an effort to make these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala known among the international travellers the state government have introduced a number of travel packages and projects to make the travel to these destinations cheap and more facilitated. In addition, a number of accommodation facilities under cheap rates were also introduced and set up to attract the attention of the travellers to the place. One of the main aims of the projects was to grab the attention of the travellers to the offbeat travel destinations of the state and to make the place known to the travellers by offering them with some of the best attractions in the place and best-facilitated stay under cheap and affordable cost. With beautiful wildlife destinations, attractions and fascinating climate the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala are one of the best spots for an effortless and cost-effective trip to the south.

Kerala, the land where breathtaking adventure sports are explored in cheap

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Adventures are always fun, but mostly adventurous trip cost a fortune due to which most of the adventure lovers think twice before travelling. Kerala to the southernmost end of the state is an exotic tourist destination which offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities. Unlike other states most of the adventure activities offered in the land are affordable and under budget. This makes the state one of the best destination where travellers could explore the by enjoying the adventures of the land under budget rates. Being a state blessed with mountains, waterfalls, wildlife backwaters and more, the state not just offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities but will also gift them with a visual treat of nature and wild. Adventure tourism now gaining importance and popularity among the domestic travellers the tourism department is now promoting the trend with the help of a number of travel operators like Dream Holidays. A number of new, attractive and cheap adventure packages are offered by the Kerala tourism department with an aim to attract the travellers who tour to the state with an aim to enjoy the adventures of the land. Some of the best adventures available in the state which travellers could enjoy under cheap rates are listed below.

 Bamboo rafting through the wild

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A treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, Bamboo Rafting is one of the best spots that any traveller could enjoy in the gods own country. As the sport uses materials from nature, the ticket cost is very cheap and makes the sports one of the best which the travellers could include in a budget adventure package.  One of the best destinations in Kerala where you could experience the best part of Bamboo Rafting by enjoying the true beauty of nature and its wild is at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady. The place is a part of a unique eco-tourism project where the travellers are allowed to enjoy the beauty of nature by strolling in the bamboo raft. If lucky enough you could see some of the wild animals near the river and hear the song of the birds. You can travel through most of the area of the forest by rafting. Mostly river rafting at Thekkady will be arranged from early morning which mostly extends to a maximum of 9hrs. You could enjoy the same at Wayanad too.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Tiger Reserve Thekkady and Wayanad are the only places in Kerala where you could explore Bamboo rafting.

 Natures Treadmill in the paddy fields of Kerala

The word treadmill mostly refers to an electronic machine on which you mostly run so as to burn the fat content in the body. Nature’s treadmill here refers to the traditional treadmill which you could only find in the paddy fields of Kerala. Being a state where farming was the traditional occupation, the farmers of the state used this treadmill to irrigate the paddy fields. Water was pumped in and out of the field with help of these natural treadmills. Even though now farming is not something common in the state now some parts of Alleppey still follow the ancient custom of farming where they use this treadmill to water the field. Even though not a well-known adventure sport, it could be fun and a new experience for foreign travellers.

Preferable destinations: The best place where you could experience Natures Treadmills at the paddy fields of Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Kochi.

 Mountain Climbing through the misty nature

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Kerala being a state blessed with a number of mountain ranges and hill station is one of the best destinations where adventure seekers could enjoy the beauty of nature. Mountain climbing is one of the cheapest and most affordable adventures sports that any traveller could enjoy. The sport is unavoidable when it comes to enjoying an adventure tour in the gods own country. Even though the state houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy climbing, the Chembra Peak in Wayanad is one of the most prominent destinations. Mountain climbing would most probably take you one whole day and it is important for you to carry the first aid gear as you will be travelling alone and won’t be accompanied by guide or trainer.

Preferable destinations: The hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, Thenmala and Thekkady are all the popular destinations in Kerala for mountain climbing.

 Wildlife Safari through the unexplored wild

Kerala is a land which is blessed with nature and wildlife. The wildlife safari is one of the best adventure ones can enjoy in a tourist destination like Kerala under very low rates. The bio-diversity of the state is so very enchanting that it will let you enjoy a different travel experience in nature. A wildlife safari is an adventure sport which is mostly included in adventure package as it is a bit challenging and entertaining. The sport is comparatively dangerous as you will have high chances of getting encountered by the wild animals the need of travel guide and a forest officer is necessary. Kerala is a state with greater availability of wild houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy the safari. Most of the wildlife destinations in Kerala are home to a number of dangerous wild animals which includes tiger, lion, wild elephants and more. If lucky enough you can spot some while travelling through the dense forest.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are all the best-preferred destination in Kerala apt for wildlife safari.

 Canoeing and kayaking exploring the complex waters

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If you wish to explore and experience the adventures of Kerala from close then the two main sports Canoeing and Kayaking is the best option. The state houses a number of waterfalls and water destination which makes Kerala a prominent destination for travellers who love Canoeing and Kayaking. The tourism department of the state offers the travellers with a wide variety of kayaking opportunities where you can choose from a lot. The incomparable charm of the water destinations, especially which of the complex backwater stretches and the fascinating foliage beyond could be explored by enjoying a kayak tour in the land.

Preferable destinations:  Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Varkala are the main destinations where Canoeing and kayaking are offered.

Adventure trips to an extent are very costly, but Kerala being a land with nature and destinations with beauty and potential, is the only state to the south where you could explore the beauty of nature in cheap rates. Most of the adventures that the state offers include natural elements and materials made from nature which makes the sport coast effective. As an addition, the tourism department also has taken a number of measures to let the adventure lovers visiting the state enjoy a pleasurable tour under budget rates. Being a state that promotes adventure tourism to a greater extent, Kerala is the best state to where you could tour to enjoy the adventures

TAKE A REPOSE AND UNWIND YOURSELVES, A VAST SEA SHORE IS WAITING FOR YOU!

Recently, I had a visit to Bangalore for an interview. Since I am from the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum, my journey was awesome and I had some couple of my friends at Bangalore. After the interview, which went smooth, I had a meet up with my friends, sharing some cups of cappuccino. In our conversation, I caught up something that, even though the life in the IT hub of India seems interesting, jolly and enthusiastic, there is a darker side to it. Actually, my friends needed a change and rejuvenation of the mind. What I can suggest is a trip with friends or family, inflicting a feeling of ‘Out of the world’. My friends are actually beach lovers, so I suggested one of the top beach destination in Kerala, lying at my very own homeland, Trivandrum, which is Kovalam. Kovalam is a haven of serenity and the best place to hang out with friends, family or spouse. It is easy to reach from Bangalore as there are flights from Bangalore to Kerala landing at Trivandrum International Airport. A smooth travel can be achieved if tour packages are picked as it would include more places too. I have suggested some of the tour planners like Gogeo holidays where some authentic packages are prevalent to entice the tourists, and they will be giving awesome beach facing resorts for the stay.

 

Kovalam has the power to rejuvenate ourselves as the vibrant beachside is awesome to watch and spend time. Located about 16 kilometres from the city of Trivandrum, the ambience is free from the regular hassle of the city life. Kovalam is an international beach destination as there you can spot too many foreigners. Let us start the discussion of this vibrant piece of the seashore with its natural beauty and surroundings. Kovalam beaches are divided into three namely, Lighthouse, Eve’s beach and Samudra beach. These three beaches are separated by rocky out cuttings. Tourists can visit any of these beaches and bask in the sun. There is provision for the tourists to bask in the sunlight and chairs are provided for the same. Foreigners usually here opt for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The reason for its placement in the tourist map of travellers across the world is due to the clean and bizarre surroundings, equipped with developed tourism facilities. To unwind yourselves, Kovalam is the best one. I am sure, it will be a perfect escape for my friends in Bangalore city. The climate is somewhat chill in Bangalore and at Kovalam, needed warmth can be provided to the skin. Some of my friends came with their family to Kovalam. A stay on the beach facing resorts is a dream of many, especially honeymoon couples.

Here, the majesty of the Arabian sea can be experienced and the water is clean and pristine, making the swimming extremely joyful to the tourists. When you come with your family, take a swim in the beach as it is the funniest part of Kovalam beach. Surfing is usually done on the beaches and necessary amenities will be provided. Taking into consideration of the safety of the beaches, guards are kept at each point so as to warn the tourists who enter deep into the sea. Eve’s beach is near to the lighthouse beach and since both are separated by a rocky promontory, the beauty of Kovalam will provide more option for the tourists. One can climb over the rock and watch the sea. The cool wind blowing from the sea is truly a rejuvenator. This spot is enjoyed more by the honeymoon couples and also kids love in climbing up the rock. Visit Kovalam with your family and make your children soak in the beach holidays. Owing to the safety and cleanliness, this beach is perfect for a family vacation and thus choosing Kerala family tour packages to Kovalam is the best idea. When visited during festive seasons, Kovalam will dress up in a festive mood and several fests like Village fair, elephant fair, Nishagandhi dance festival and Food festivals will be hosted. These festivals can entice people of every age and walks of life. These festivals are actually showcasing the cultural richness of Kerala and Swati Thirunal Musical festival is a great example.

There are too many food stalls, multi-cuisine restaurants facing the sea and delicious seafood are served there. If spicy Indian snacks like Panipuri, Bhelpuri, chat masala, chilly filled pineapple and mango pieces with the flavours of juicy items are your tastes, then head for a local stall placed in the beach shores. Coming to the activities that can be done in the Kovalam beaches, water adventures are the prime one. Swimming, surfing are some of the common water adventures and since it is the most sought tourist destination, Ayurveda and health centres are prevailing on the beach shores. Undergo some rejuvenation therapies to calm your mind. I have suggested this to my friends so that the hectic lifestyle of the Bangalore can be dealt with the magic of Ayurveda. Are you a shopping freak? Then the beach facing stalls in Kovalam is all yours. One can buy a handful of handicrafts, clothing, beach wears, hats and antiques with reasonable prices. Lighthouse beach is where a tall lighthouse is placed near to the sea and it has provision to allow visitors to reach up to the top and watch all sides of the Kovalam beach. The rocky promontory between lighthouse beach and eve’s beach is called Edakallu and people love watching the sunset from this rock. Settle in any of the rock formation and watch the biding sun. The changing colour of the sky during twilight is a must to watch.

Nightlife in Kovalam is what everyone should watch. Evenings are meant for blasting in Kovalam and the bars, restaurants are fully awake to serve the same. Live music with delicious eateries are provided by some restaurants and to involve in other social entertainment, several bars are open in the night. With dance, fun and music, enjoy the delicious cuisine under the night sky. The nearby attractions around Kovalam include Karamana stream and the boating there. Reach at Thiruvallam vessel club offering activities like kayaking trips, cruise trips and windsurfing. A trip to Kovalam will family or friends can increase your bonding and is the most suggested place to unwind yourselves. For employees working in a busy metropolitan city in India like Bangalore, can make a travel here. In fact, if I get tensed on some issues, the visit to Kovalam can revive me and give me the strength to counter the issue. Thus, soon give Kovalam an entry to your travel itinerary to Kerala.

 

HOW CAN THE CONCEPT OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PROTECT THE KERALA BACKWATERS?

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We are familiar with the concept of ‘Swatch Bharata’ or otherwise, clean India. Indians is a prodigious land and it is the duty of every citizen to keep it cleans not for enhancing its beauty but also to preserve the legacy of many great personalities who fought to get our land back. In India, the famous and popular state, which had elongated its fame cutting the boundaries of many countries, Kerala the real Gods own country is the epitome of culture and tradition. To maintain up the purity of this God-given land, a great effort must be followed every day. We know the condition of cleanliness in Kerala but neglecting all these, more inflow of tourists are experienced every year.

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Tourism in Kerala alone is reaping more part of the revenue. The reason is that people coming from faraway places do respect the existence of the state and they value the traditions followed here. Even many traits are being exported to foreign countries for practicing. At the same time, we are here making our state untidy by erupting pollution and violating the rules more than that not even doing our duties daily. It is our responsibility to clean our state for welcoming guests same as we do in our own houses. With this concept, the responsible tourism has taken its form.  The sole pride of Kerala tourism, Kerala backwaters is what which more needs care as, to witness its eminence lakhs of tourists are arriving yearly. They are really fond of booking any Kerala backwater packages to experience the charm of being inside a houseboat. At this point, it is our duty to maintain the cleanliness at these spots. This doesn’t mean that we must go to the destination and clean the garbage but at least, we can help ourselves to not make it untidy while we travel on these houseboats or during sightseeing.

 

We often see in the advertisements that the Kerala backwaters are addressed as the fascinating Water world in the earth. What actually happens is that the public markets are masking the plastic rust and bio-waste in the area. Is that sound really pride for us? Definitely not, and we must conceive the fact that Kerala is our land. As the first step of responsible tourism initiative, the effort was to make the Vembanad Lake purged of garbage. Vembanad Lake is the artery through which the backwater tour progresses. Houseboats are the major medium of water transport on which tourists enjoy the panorama of the adorable water world. Since the geography of some destinations is such that the water levels of a backwater, as well as the village, are same, we can enjoy sitting inside the houseboat itself and to get a view of rural lives. These houseboats are fitted with all luxuries and comfort, perfect for a stay. Thus the increased demand for Kerala Houseboat package is experienced day by day. Since more inflow of tourists is experienced at these locations, Government has focused the introduction of responsible tourism at these places. By doing so it is mobilizing the support of each and every individual linked with the tourism. There was interaction will all stakeholders and sought their support. 

 Kerala Houseboat package

In an effort to create more employment for many locals involved in tourism directly or indirectly, now the concept of responsible tourism has expanded its mandate to cover the preservation of ecology and environment too. Since the concept stresses on the organic involvement at the local level, the objective can be achieved well. The coordination committee interacted with houseboat, motorboat and Shikara boat owners to lessen their pollution in water while conducting the tourism. They replied that it is not just them who are involved in degradation of the backwaters but other factors too. Also, their future lies with the health of these adorable wetlands. Thus by the joint effort, a committee named Vembanad Kayal Samyukta Samraksha Samithi was formed headed by a houseboat owner. This venture is focusing on the cleaning of the Vembanad Lake for which 5 lakhs rupees has been allocated.  Even many resort owners are contributing towards it. Also, besides this effort for a cleaning drive, this group has appointed local units to manufacture paper and cloth bags in an effort to replace plastic bags.

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The Ashtamudi Lake, which is the gateway of backwater tourism, is also included in the list. We know that most of the tourists prefer houseboat rides and the income from these luxuriously cruising resorts many benefit some but concerning others, especially the rural households living on the banks of the waters. Actually, the poorly regulated houseboat tourism is the main reason that is indirectly affecting the ecosystem, fish species, and water qualities as well. Certain initiatives from the responsible tourism coordination can regulate this and there will be active participation of small local communities like Kudumbhasree, Karshika Samithi and all. Even the tour planners providing exotic Kerala backwater tour packages can help by active checking on the tourists arriving and regulating their activities without making them uncomfortable. Some norms must be followed once you are on a tour especially on preserving the ecosystem there. Kumarakom has successful, completion of responsible tourism concept and it ensured women empowerment, employment opportunities, and exhibition of local handicrafts and active rural tourism. It is with this pace, we all must progress and ensure a clean Kerala backwaters. 

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An escape from the capital city of India to Kerala

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” 
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Kerala is a biodiversity hub where the people get to see a lot of tourist sites. As one travels through the ways here, he indulges into the mother nature and escapes into the wildernesses of the place. A lot of places hence house both flora and fauna which makes the whole ecosystem of the location. As one view the Gods own country from an airplane, all that he gets to see is either water or greenery of the land. In order to witness this one should surely come on a Kerala tour package with price that is affordable in which people can see the best destinations of the place. I decided to take the opportunity of visiting Kerala along with my friends from our office.  As the public holidays arrived, we decided to set on this trip from Delhi, to the other end of India.
We flew to the Kozhikode International airport as one among our team belonged to this district. It didn’t take us long to reach the place where he lived. We were treated quite well with biryanis and a lot of snacks and fruits. The journey had been quite tiring due to which I had almost everything that had been kept in front of me. At the end, my friend also served us Kozhikode Halwa which was indeed a delight to my stomach. In fact, the delicious food of Kerala welcomed us and we felt quite good in being welcomed that way.  We had already decided that we would be going to few places at Kozhikode, the next day in order to explore this Malabar region.
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   The first place where we set to explore was the Thusharagiri waterfalls. In order to reach the falls, we had to trek up the hills. And we would never complain as anyone would feel like hiking here due to the plantations that surround the place. There were three hills located here which were the Erattumukku, Mazhavil Chattom, and Thumbithullum Para. As I walked, I could hear the sounds of insects and the humming of birds. I also got to see some birds which I had never spotted anywhere before. People had been growing pepper and other spices there. We reached the falls which had been cascading in grace. The view was amazing and it seemed to be flowing from nowhere. As we had come from Delhi we had not been to so many waterfalls. Even though there are few of them located in Rajasthan and Shimla we had to travel a long way to reach it. On being on this Kerala tour package from Delhi we had been on an escape trip. The major escape was from the pollution there due to which just being in these eco-spots were of joy to us. After sitting there and resting for some time, we clicked some pictures of the place.
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           On trekking for half a day, people could reach the adjoining district which is Wayanad. But as our car had been waiting for us, we did not take that adventure and returned back to go to the next place on our list which was the Kakkayam dam. The aura of this place was more than just heart-warming. We went to the dam and took a short boat ride in it. Even though it was evening time we could feel the chilled air here on cruising through the dam. The trees still had the dewdrops falling beneath. Animals like goats and bisons had been grazing on the grass there. The whole view of the hills standing in between the grasslands was indeed amazing. After exploring the place, we left to the next place in between which we decided to have some food. The meals served here is quite special as they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The seafood served here is outstanding as the spices on it makes it taste good. We went to the Vellari Mala which belonged to both Kozhikode and Wayanad. This is indeed an awesome place to trek up the hills. We walked through for some time as the weather had been good even though it was noon time. The huge trees that had been there made the view more beautiful.  Finally, we went to the famous Kozhikode beach which seemed crowded even on a weekday.
   Quite a lot of snacks were being served there out of which we had tasted some as we were hunger stricken. In some time we went back as the next day we had decided to go to Wayanad. It took us approximately 3 hours to reach this beautiful land. The drive along the route itself seemed adventurous. On the sides of the road, I had seen deer that had been grazing. Wildlife sanctuaries and parks are located in this place After hogging some breakfast we decided to go to the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. After taking the necessary instructions from the forest department we set inside with a guide who accompanied us. Endangered as well as exotic species resided in this hub of nature. We walked in without making noise as it would shoo away the animals around the place. We got to see some wild cats which we had never seen anywhere before. The animal seemed to be carefree of our presence. We also got the sight of some exotic birds which kept fluttering around. After spending almost 3 hours inside we got out and went to the Chembra peak for trekking. Wayanad seemed to be an amazing place to visit on a honeymoon.
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There were quite a lot of places for the couples to visit here which we had avoided as we were more into trekking We had already suggested our couple friends from Delhi to visit this place for a memorable time. On coming on a Kerala honeymoon package from Delhi they could have privacy as well as peace compared to other crowded places. Also, there were not enough couple hangout places at the capital city. As we climbed up, we got to see a heart-shaped lake. Out of the places I had trekked in Kerala, this place seemed harder but totally worth as the sight ones to see from the top is priceless. It took us a long time to get back down. And had drained all the energy from us too. Hence we decided to stay over at a resort in Wayanad. The next day we went to the Kuruva Island. It was a small delta which had orchids all around it. Nature was purely at bliss as butterflies had been fluttering around which was a great sight. We had to get back to Kozhikode in order to fly back as our holidays were already over. So right after having some fun at Kuruva, we set back home.
      The specialty of Kerala indeed is not just the tourist destinations, but also the cuisines that are served to the people which call back any tourist to visit the place again. The accommodation sites here are also very welcoming where we get maximum comfort which helps in getting rid of travel sickness. Also, there are a number of destinations to visit and explore here which offers nature at its best. A trip through this land is hence the best option to take when planning to go on vacation with DreamHolidays.

 

Trivandrum, the History Hub of Kerala

An excellent base to explore the interior of Kerala with its spacious layout and regulated life, the capital city Trivandrum is built on seven low coastal hills and has an interesting mixing of tree-lined avenues, ancestral homes, massive buildings and a long seacoast washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea. Trivandrum city treasures many erecting of historical importance and reservations. Considered as one of the loveliest cities in Kerala, the capital city is clean and green but more than a tourist place, the city depicts the historic whereabouts in the past. On skinning through Amazing Kerala tourism packages try to plan a visit to the capital city of Kerala.

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BOTANICAL AND ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

One of the oldest zoos in India located in the heart of temple city is flourished with the museum and botanical gardens are oldest of their kind in the country. The visionary behind its construction is Swathi Tirunal Maharaja, the illustrious king and music composer who had ruled Travancore early and he had a good collection of animals like elephants, horses breed in his horse breeding centers. The park also had tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer and a lioness.

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His brother, Marthanda Varma has taken control over the zoo later and with the support of on British general, they incorporated a museum here and the museum was thrown open to the public in September 1857 but as it could in itself attract people much, a zoo and park were established in 1859. The zoo is also bordered by botanical gardens unique for its vibrant landscapes and luxuriant growth of vegetation. Tourists from different places visit the zoo and museum as it provides a respite for them more than offering tourism and recreation. The lofty trees of royal look towered by bamboos and lush green landscapes account for its breathtaking beauty.

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More than being a tourist spot, currently the Zoo is serving the purpose of conservation and education implying captive breeding of rare and endangered animals and birds. The ambience of the zoo is just like providing a natural habitat for the animals so that they don’t feel captive. Visit this zoo for getting a feeling of being present at jungle where animals are around. Soon check out Exiting Kerala tour packages with price. The zoo houses varieties of primates like macaques, langurs and lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langurs which are endemic to the Western Ghats and are endangered. The animals live in highly socialized groups and are intelligent. There are herbivores who occupy different niche to avoid competition amongst themselves like rhinoceros, hippopotamus, hog deer and prolific sambar. Good collection of endemic and exotic birds are present here along with water birds like storks, pelicans, egrets, herons and cranes housed in a natural habitat. There are added the advantage of an aviary and reptile house, an aquarium nearby on the beach presents a selection of fishes and other marine creatures.

CHITHIRA ART GALLERY

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An art gallery named Chithira Art Gallery situated within the museum compound ha collections of the works of Raja Ravi Varma, a pioneer in Indian art. Roerich landscapes work from the Tanjore School of arts, copies of Rajput and Mughal paintings and copies of paintings from Ajanta caves are the notable collections here. Museum also houses miniature painting from China, Japan, Bali and Tibet. The museum was opened to the public by the erstwhile king of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal in 1935 for the enjoyment and developing artistic traits of people. The royal house of Travancore and Kilimanoor Royal family has presented generously a large collection of paintings to the gallery. The king tried to collect rare pieces of arts and literature from different parts of the world to present bin this art gallery.

 ANJENGO FORT

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The fort which played a major role in Anglo-Mysore War is located at here in the outskirts of Trivandrum city. East India Company made this fort and is a good location for signaling ships. This place is 12 kilometre south of Varkala. Once it was the permanent place of British administration. From the lighthouse nearby, wonderful sight can be enjoyed.

EAST FORT

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In order to safeguard the erstwhile Trivandrum city, Travancore rulers have made this fort which has the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple at its heart. It has got its name as the entrance was to the east side and there lays a famous palace called as a kuthira Mallika palace. Earlier the city was inside this fort and some of the parts got ruined. As an added attraction there is a Ganesha temple inside the fort.

NAPIER MUSEUM

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Set amidst lavishly wooded beautiful gardens, the Napier museum has a striking building with a unique architectural design is a wealth of bronze and stone sculpture also an exhibition of modern handicrafts from the state design centre. The Natural history exposition is a collection of stuffed animals and birds, skeletons and fossil remains. The Napier Museum was based on a very beautiful form of domestic art and started in the year 1857; the museum was the idea of J.A Brown, then director of the Trivandrum Observatory and general William Cullen, the then British resident. The catching attraction in this museum is that of the sword of great and first Martyrs of Indian freedom struggle, Velu Thampi Dhalava, the precious heirloom presented to kind of Kilimanoor palace on his military expedition to Mannadi and later handed over to the president of India. Currently, it is displayed here. Extravagant wood carvings, stone sculptures and coin collections are the key elements of interest in this museum. Exploring this museum with your family including children to inculcate good knowledge to them on ancient artifacts and history, family tour packages to Kerala allows on to visit these places effectively.

SREE CHITHIRA ENCLAVE

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Located in the museum compound in Trivandrum, Sree Chithira enclave is actually a personal museum which has started functioning in 1993 in the memory of Sree Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma who was the last Maharaja of Travancore depicts the history of the royal family of Travancore and its contributions to the growth of Kerala. the chariots used by king and queen along with medals, stamps, coins, swords and other belongings of the royal family is exhibited here. The socio-cultural history, geography and evolution of Travancore state is clearly narrated here. The real stories of past are interestingly narrated through a series of narrative mural paintings.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

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A must be visited place for children and students is located near Mascot hotel, offers an insight into the impressive growth achieved by India in scientific and technological fields. A planetarium is working inside the museum which is the first hybrid planetarium in India with tilted dome for presenting astronomical classes with a live show. This is the biggest projection screen in South India having provision for projecting night sky of any location on earth at any point of time using an optomechanical projector.

With these mentions, it is evident that more than a tourist spot of beaches and hills, Trivandrum is actually the history hub of Kerala preserved efficiently inculcating new technologies.

 

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ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS IN KERALA FOR SIMPLE TRIPS | DreamHolidays

Kerala the stunning location, flourished with greenish beauty of natural attractions. Through an awesome kerala tour packages from delhi, you can enjoy the beauty of Kerala largely…And here are few destinations in which you may wish to travel along with feasible amount of money. These are really fabulous to watch and thrilling to travel. You can access these attractive destinations from Dream holidays, the leading tour operators in Kerala and their better and effective amenities are really gorgeous.

Attapadi flourished with greenish mountain valleys

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Attapadi Reserve woodland is a protected place and a significant mountain valley positioned in the Palakkad district. And the Attapadi hill station is one of the surprisingly tourist destinations in Kerala. Attapadi is one of the maximum exciting and beautiful destination in Kerala. The region which covered with lush inexperienced Mountain cloaks and sizable woodland degrees and it unfold overran place of 745 sq.km. And it also consists of the biggest tribal agreement in the country. The tribes which include Mudugas, Irulas and kurumbars. They observe unique existence patterns which can be totally distinct from others.

Malleshwara mudi is one of the best attractions located inside the Attapadi hills. The tribes worship the height Malleshwara represent ‘Lord Shiva’ and ‘Maha sivarathri’ is the highly popular festival celebrated here. Malleshwara mudi is seen from the Chemmanur Shiva Temple. Silent Valley national Park is situated near to Attapadi and its miles one of the distinctly popular tourist destinations in Kerala. November to March is the peak time of Attapadi, during that season the mountains are included with snowdrops and anywhere we can see that mild drizzles. Karuvera Waterfalls, Varamadimala, Perumal Mudi, Nilgiri Biosphere Park, Bhavani River, Calvary Mount Kurishumala and Attapadi Churam are the alternative interesting locations in Attapadi. Most of these locations are blessed with wild and natural beauty, also fresh and nourishing air. Make a fantastic adventure to Attapadi and stay with nature.

Munnar honeymooner’s paradise

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Munnar is one of the pretty popular traveler vacation spot located in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Its excellent flora and fauna are lovely splendor and it is beyond our expectancies. You could desire to revel in a beautiful kerala honeymoon packages with airfare to this captivating greenish land, after which absolute confidence it’s miles one of the memorable stories of your existence. Munnar is a land full of captivating destinations consists of Cheeyappara waterfalls, valara waterfalls, Mattupetty dam, Mattupetty dairy farm, echo point, Kundala Lake, Rajamalai or Eravikulam national park, Nyayamkadu waterfalls, top stations, Marayoor, Marayoor sand timber wooded area, Thoovanam waterfalls, Tea museum, Atukkad waterfalls, Blossom Park, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary and Lakkom waterfalls. These kinds of captivating points of interest fascinate home as well as foreign vacationers so simply Munnar is the ‘Kashmir of Kerala’.

Throughout the way to Munnar, you can wish to go to the stunning image factor that is the first rate for image shoots. The greenish surroundings are ideal for sightseeing also. The factor is located on the primary road with going for walks visitors. Later you could visit Mattupetty dam that is located simply 10 km far away from the Munnar town and is one of the maximum scenic places in Munnar. The dam is built in 1953, and placed on pinnacle Station Avenue. The dam is surrounded by tea plantations and timber hills, and boating in the Mattupetty Lake is a memorable experience to visitors through an amazing Kerala applications. Mattupetty is also well-known for the Indo-Swiss dairy farm, a pleasing place to visit. Echo point is another stunning place approximately 15 km away from Munnar, by no means neglect to go there and scream as a whole lot as loud you could, then look forward to a couple of minutes you could hear your echo lower back. The vicinity which gets the name Echo factor because of the natural phenomenon happened right here. Hiking and mount walks are the sports befell on this scenic place, and the mist wind continually creates heavenly environment.

Vagamon the destination with fresh meadows

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The beauty of Vagamon is beyond words. The chilled and exciting climate of Vagamon is perfectly matched for a honeymoon trips. The inexperienced meadows and captivating pine forests are the major sights of Vagamon. The hill station Vagamon posse’s first-rate weather so it is able to be visited at some stage in the year. The green meadows are one of the thrilling geographical structures and its intense splendor draws traffic from everywhere in the world. Some other main destination is the remarkable pine forests. The enchanting pine forests and green meadows are collectively growing the Vagamon one of the celebrated hill stations in the world. And Kurishumala Ashram is famous pilgrim center as well as traveler destination situated in Vagamon.

Wayanad the hill land

Wayanad is a hill station blessed with lush-inexperienced landscapes and mesmerizing beauty. The serene splendor of Wayanad is located in the Western Ghats. The vicinity is a leading traveler vacation spot and its miles greater appropriate for kerala honeymoon packages from delhi applications. The calm and chilled climate of Wayanad is extra favorites for the newly married couples. The vicinity enclosed with dense forests, relaxing environment and smog-top hills. The district Wayanad is located at an altitude of 700 m-2100 m above from the ocean degree. And it contains splendid holiday spot like plantations of tea and spices, pristine waterfalls, amazing wildlife along with ancient monuments. In step with the archeological evidence, the Wayanad caves are exhibited greater than 3000 years in the past. So it’s clear that wayanad ride is one of the unforgettable trips to your lifestyles. The beauty and freshness of the location convey a nice power on your lifestyles.

Vythiri and Meppadi are a few leading tea plantations in Wayanad. The satisfactory season to go to the plantations is in monsoon. The plantations which incorporate Kerala spices like, cardamom pepper clove and ginger too. The peoples and government are assisting tourism thoroughly. That is one of the robust purposes to turn the district wayanad is a main vacation spot. These kinds of plantations are awesome in terms of splendor and climate. The view of plantations is right for taking photographs and movie pasteurizations any other commonplace sight in this area.

Ramakkalmedu the windy hill

Ramakkalmedu is a famous hill station placed in the Idukki district of Kerala. It’s fantastic beauty just beyond words. And the region is famous for its numerous windmills and panoramic splendor. Ramakkalmedu is perfect for Kerala journey, and its enthralling greenery just exceptional. Ramakkalmedu is placed 15 km far from Nedumkandam within the Munnar-Thekkady course. You may experience the splendor of wind continuously in this area also grasslands and shola forests are the opposite striking points of interest in this vacation spot. The place has few of ancient significance also; a huge statue of the Kuravan and Kurathi is located at the top of the hills, which can be folk’s memories of the sangam period. So by no means ignore Ramakkalmedu throughout your Kerala excursion, and Thokkumpalam, Kumily and Kattappana are the nearest cities of this region. Make a journey and experience the wind.

Thekkady gift of Periyar

Thekkady is one of the appealing traveler locations in India, and its lush inexperienced natural beauty is simply great. Thekkady is positioned within the Idukki district near to Kerala-Tamilnadu border. Thekkady is the place of Periyar country Wide Park and the sanctuary is famous for dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, deciduous forests and savanna grasslands. The Periyar wild existence sanctuary is spread throughout 777 km with thick green forests. It contains various wild animals consist of elephants, sambar, gaur, tiger, Nilgiri-langurs and lion tailed macaques and so on.

The outlook for Thekkady Lake is individual and super boating is usually available for the guests.  One of the exciting attractions in Thekkady is the herds of elephant, deer and bison that come all the way down to drink from the lake. The boating which gives a memorable experience to all. Thekkady Lake is an artificial one shaped by way of Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River. Travelers can also construct pride via fantastic hiking, one of the adventures interest happening in Thekkady. Important hiking areas in Thekkady encompass Pullumedu, Kurishumala close to Kumily, and Ottakathalamedu near Kumily and Grampy near Vandiperiyar.

Vacationers can also visit diverse attractive destinations in Thekkady consist of Anakkara, Chellarkovil, Mangala Devi temple, Kumily, Murikkady,  Vandiperiyar, Vandanmedu, Pandikhuzhy, Ramakkalmedu and Pullumedu etc.Come and make refreshment for the minds with best kerala packages offers by DreamHolidays

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Why Kerala Must Be Your Next Holiday Spot | DreamHolidays

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”  

Kerala

Kerala is known as the God’s own country because of its natural exuberance, and travelling to Kerala can be a memorable experience, if you choose some customized itineraries that will make your Kerala trip, an enticing one with the help of some best Kerala packages provide by trusted tour operators like Dream Holidays, you are going to have the most memorable dream vacation on this wondrous land.  The serenity of the lagoons, amazing greener, and the unique seashore everything here can put a magical spell on you.  The Kerala tour packages from Delhi and all other major cities ensure a holiday amidst fascinating natural bounties, delicious cultures and cuisines and the most welcoming people in India. It is the ideal spot for nature-loving tourists. This nature’s paradise can be an ideal place for the shopaholics to have a gala time, and so do the foodies and the culture enthusiasts.

The Uniqueness of Ayurveda

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By taking a Kerala trip, you can now enjoy the unique system of Ayurveda in peace and tranquility. No one does it better than the skilled traditional practitioners of Kerala. Kerala has ayurvedic centres all around the state which are world famous for its years of tradition, which offers healing experience for the travelers.  Monsoon is the best season to enjoy the Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala.  The ayurvedic treatments will provide you with unique rejuvenation to body, mind and the soul. And all these treatments are completely natural with zero side effects.

A Quiet Getaway from all the hassles

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Don’t you feel that sudden urge to escape from all the maddening crowd around you and go for a calm and peaceful getaway? Well, then Kerala has some unique spots for that. If you think since the rising of the tourism industry, yo can no more enjoy the peacefulness this land offers, then you are wrong. There are many unexplored sites, islands, and village, hill stations that are yet to explored. Kakkathuruthu in Alleppey, Thollayiram in Wayanad are a few such places.

Tranquility of Backwaters

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The lovely backwaters of Kerala is an exquisite place to visit. There are numerous breathtakingly beautiful backwater destinations in Kerala – the land of coconut trees. Such destinations are, due to supernature splendor, very popular among nature enthusiasts and honeymoon couples. For honeymoon couples, such nature considerable locations are like paradise on the planet. couples locate right here actually delightful and romantic atmosphere at the stunning backwater destinations of the state. There are several ayurvedic accommodations & spa centers on such destinations of the country which can be the top sights of backwater tourism within the nation which you can enjoy with some enticing kerala honeymoon packages with airfare.

One of the most desired methods to discover breathtakingly lovely backwater destinations is certainly Kerala houseboats. traditionally called Kettuvallams, houseboats in God’s very own use are large boat lodging with costly centers like famous person motels floating over the tranquil and serene water of scenic backwaters. A well-organized houseboat Kerala cruise gives notable opportunity to see the extraordinary splendour and appeal of nature with the aid of close – in reality, an exceptional dinner party on your eyes. A sundown boat cruise over the picturesque Vembanad Lake (the most important lake of the nation) in Kumarakom is really a lovely enjoy of a lifetime. A properly-prepared cruise also affords travellers to peer numerous appealing attractions like views of lush green paddy fields, daily life at traditional villages, stunning groves of palm coconut trees, water birds, water flora and so on.

The Magnificent Beaches

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Kerala is that narrow strip of land hemmed by using Arabian waters at the southern tip of Indian borders, beautified with the aid of its swaying inexperienced palm trees and whitewashed seashores. The North, South, and West of Kerala offer you a height into distinctive walks of existence from far away remote retreats and harbors to swarming rave events and upscale resorts. Kerala excursion packages encompass go to many beaches. vital seashores of Kerala are Kovalam, Cherai, Varkala, Kappad, Muzhappilangad, and Bekal. of those, Kovalam is the extra visited one. Kovalam is shaped by using three crescent shaped seashores and is located in southern part of Kerala. notwithstanding being highly commercialized and crowded, this idyllic seashore location has nonetheless not misplaced its innocence which made it the darling of travelers and nonetheless remains so. international elegance lodging centers and first-rate provider is likewise to be had in Kovalam. A tasteful and quiet option compared to the bustling Kovalam, the Varkala seaside is a spectacle in the actual sense. Resting beneath the expanded purple cliffs, this beach is a photographer’s treasure. The sun-kissed beach witnesses enrapturing sunsets and spellbinding scenic splendor. the threshold of the cliff is stocked with bamboo cafés and shops.

Lush Green Munnar

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Munnar is a popular hill station and offers a herbal fragrance in lifestyles. certainly, it is one of the beat honeymoon places in India. The admirable tea gardens, ambrosial aroma and low plantations, blooming florals and also the colonial accommodations on the rolling blooming mountains completely entice the love of the guests and attitude them to appointment afresh and afresh to Munnar the South of Kashmir.Honeymoon in Munnar with some ideal Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi makes you enjoy misty landscapes, charming valleys, tea plantations and fragrant forests. this is the area which offers you an revel in of spellbinding and everlasting honeymoon. The scenic and the natural splendor of the region gives the sensation of adore to the honeymoon couple.

Mouth Watering Cuisine

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Kerala delicacies offer a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared the use of fish, fowl and red meat with rice a standard accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric tamarind, and asafoetida are all often used.Puttu or the cylindrically shaped steamed cake is one of the most favourite breakfast items of Malayalees and typically the maximum usual breakfast item at each home in Kerala.every other must attempt in a Kerala Culinary ride is the crisp lacy appam served with meat/vegetable stew.Appam is most frequently eaten with breakfast or dinner

Chinese Fishing Nets

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The Chinese fishing nets in Kerala are probably the only such kind you can find in India, which is not fake and this has become more like a landmark of this land and catches the eyes of tourists who visit here.  And the best place to view and experience this is the city of Fort Kochi.

The Oldest Europen Church in India

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Located in Fort Kochi, The St. Francis church which was built in 1503 is the oldest European church in India.  The beautiful architecture of the church and the ambience all make it of great historical significance.

The Richest Temple in the World

The Padmanabhaswamy temple which is dedicated to lord Vishnu is considered to be the world’s richest temple, located in the capital city of Kerala. In this temple, Lord Vishnu may be seen in a kingdom of sleep on Sheshnaag.The idol of this temple is made of 12008 salagramams that compose the reclining Lord.The temple has a mixture of Dravidian and Kerala structure styles.It has emerged as-is one of the richest temples in India with extra than 1 lakh crore rupees of really worth treasures.

The Snake Boat Race- To Pump up  adrenaline

If you are an adrenaline junkie, don’t miss out this unique water sports item in cheapest kerala tour packages, which is considered to be the largest such gathering. The energy you would feel in that atmosphere is contagious.

Kathakali- Classical Dance Drama

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If you want to feel enchanted by the rich culture of this land, then watching the Kathakali performance is the best way to do it. This unique classical dance drama is associated with the epic tales of Ramayana and mahabhagavata.

 

The best places to have best food in Kerala

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A culinary exploration through the districts of Kerala during the Best Kerala packages will let you experience pure bliss, especially if you are a foodie. From exotic seafood and non vegetarian dishes to simple varieties of omelettes and dosas, this God’s Own Country will appease your taste palettes in every way possible. From pickles and snacks to desserts and sweets, Kerala definitely has some exotic varieties of dishes you can eat only in this beautiful land. The ambiance, climate and the landscapes only add more beauty and flavor to those dishes. Here are some interesting dishes you must try out while in Kerala and some amazing places where you can try them too:

 

  1. Kethel’s ChickenKethel’s Chicken

This is a very popular dish everyone will suggest you to try when in Trivandrum. The place is Hotel Rahmaniya at Chalai Market in Trivandrum and rest assured you will fall in love with the cook. This hotel serves you some of the tastiest non vegetarian food cooked in typical Kerala style using the local spices and flavors. Trivandrum can be the most intriguing holiday destination for travelers as it is the capital city and offers all types of destinations tourists usually look forward to visit during holidays. Beaches, backwaters, hill stations, townscapes, villages, pilgrimages and amusements are all available in Trivandrum, making it one of the best destinations for family holidays.

 

  1. Biriyanibiriyani

If you thought Biriyani’s were exclusive to Hyderabad, you are wrong! Try the flavourful non vegetarian biriyanis served at Rahmathulla Hotel at Fort Kochi in Kochi city and you will be surprised to find yourself away from Hyderabad. While the local spices give it a more rich flavor, the techniques come from the Nawabs who got settled here as Tippu Sultan and Persian travelers explored Kerala. Kochi will keep you busy in all ways as it has a rich cosmopolitan culture and you will find some amazing restaurants and fast food joints that serve the most exotic seafood and Biriyanis to the cool Kulfis and ice creams. This is one place in Kerala where you can taste some of the best of all worlds. From the thattukadas and toddy shops, there are popular joints that serve some exotic omelettes and dosas to mutton and pork delicacies.

 

  1. Spanish Omelette & Mexican Salsaspanish-omelette-with-potato 

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a hot spiced tea along with a fluffy and flavourful omelette while enjoying the beauty of the misty mountains of Munnar! At the Rapsy Restaurant in Munnar you can not only enjoy a Spanish Omelette which is a specialty there but also the Mexican Salsa. It is a small joint where tourists from across the world visit to enjoy these dishes that bring totally different flavors rare to get in a small town like Munnar. Do not miss the beautiful mountains, valleys and tea estates of Munnar during your Kerala tour packages from Delhi.

 

  1. Jewish Foodcochin_israel_cuisine_101813_820px

Thanks to the many generations of Jewish settlements in Kochi, the Menorah hotel in Fort Kochi serves some amazing Jewish food which is rare to get anywhere else across the world. While some of the local flavors are infused to make it more palatable to the locals, the true flavors and techniques are not tweaked at all. This is definitely one place you must visit to explore some different flavors while in Kerala.

 

  1. Kerala Sadhyasadhya

This sumptuous feast spread out on a two-fold plantain leaf will leave you gasping for breath as you try to finish it. Because it is so tasty, you won’t be able to say No to any of the dishes served, and because your tummy has a limit, you will end up gasping for breath trying to finish them all! But I can guarantee that it will be the best dish to enjoy at least once when you are in Kerala. While most of the star restaurants serve them in different ways, you must check out the Onam Sadhya offered by Vinayaka Caterers or TDM Hall in Kochi as they serve the most authentic Sadhyas with all dishes that taste totally traditional. Do not miss out the different flavors of dessert called Payasam, especially the Palada Pradhaman and Parippu Pradhaman.

 

  1. Seafood Varietiesred-hot-chilli-fish-curry_625x350_51421930099

Though you can enjoy exotic seafood everywhere in Kerala, Allepey is a great destination which has some of the best marine resources in Kerala. Fish Molly, Karimeen Pollichathu, Neimeen, Tapioca and Mathi Curry etc are some delicacies you must try in Allepey. Crab, Octopus, and Squid are also prepared in many flavourful ways here. Mullapandhal toddy shop is a great place to enjoy exotic and spicy seafood near Kochi. In Allepey, you can enjoy the best seafood at Cassia, Chakkara or Harbour Restaurants.

 

  1. Kerala Beef Frybeefcurry

Kerala is famous for non-vegetarian delicacies and Kottayam, which is predominantly a Christian region, is the right place to enjoy some of the best meat dishes. Keralites savour Beef dishes and they enjoy it in different ways – roast, curry, fry and even steak! Beef is best enjoyed with Malabar Porotta which is typically made using plain flour though you can also get the healthier Wheat version these days. Try them out at Hotel Suryas, Meenachil or Naalukettu restaurants in Kottayam.

 

  1. Kozhikode Biriyani

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Even though Thalasserry is considered the best place for Biriyanis, Hotel Paragon in Kozhikode also serves some of the most lip smacking Biriyanis in Kerala. The place is so famous that it is a popular joint for celebrities and politicians visiting Kozhikode. The best part about this restaurant is that you can include it in your Cheapest Kerala tour packages also. Kozhikode is the best place to visit for foodies. The variety of dishes made and served here are so good that you can spend an entire month here and still there will be more dishes for you to try out! Kallummakkaya or Mussels are another specialty you get to eat in the Malabar regions in Kerala. Kozhikode is also famous for the sweet Halwas that come in many colors and flavors.

If you check with the people who have settled in Kerala despite being born and brought up elsewhere in the world, one major reason for that would be the delicious food that they ate while they visited this God’s Own Country the first time. There’s so much about the cuisine of Kerala that you will understand only when you taste it.