With its ancestral tradition of Yoga and preserved environment, Kerala isconsidered a small paradise on Earth. Breathtaking panoramic views, green landscapes of extraordinary beauty, beautiful beaches, culinaryexperiences…: this place has a lot to offer and deserves to be preserved fromover-tourism. We have selected 5 activities that we believe are must-haveamazing experiences to share !
With over 20,000 hectares of forest, Wayanad is home to large groups of wild elephants and it is very likely that you will come across some on your way. Elephants are central to the daily life and culture of Kerala. They are the emblem of the government. Wayanad also has a large number of tribes who live almost exclusively from the forest. These tribes are listed by the government of Kerala to preserve them. This sanctuary is a part of the Bandipur National Park. The thick and dense biosphere is ideal for elephants, black panthers, tigers, peacocks, etc.
These preserved areas are part of a large natural complex listed as a Unesco heritage site, the Western Ghats. This mountain range, which according to UNESCO is older than the Himalayas, gathers an exceptional biodiversity. It is a hotspot of biodiversity to the point that its natural wealth equals that of the Amazon. For the amateurs of unusual accommodation, it is possible to stay in tree houses. Made of planks and bamboo, they are built without using a single nail! A tree house in Kerala is locally called “Erumadam”.
Authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla … smell and taste the culinary explorations that Indian spices offer on nature walks. Explore the farms on a nature walk. Entrance to the Abraham Spice Gardens in Thekkady costs only Rs. 200. You can also buy spices at a subsidized price from the workshop located in the spice garden. To enjoy the walk, we advise you to hire a good guide who is very knowledgeable about the plants and their effects on health. You will be able to get an introduction to Ayurvedic medicine and fill up on fresh and fragrant spices before leaving.
Fort Kochi is an extraordinary place to visit. With the influence of Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese, Fort Kochi is a compendium of architectural styles to be admired. You can explore the area by foot or bike, and discover the surrounding area, including beautiful beaches. Around Fort Kochi other places worth a stop including the Indo-Portuguese museum andthe Santa Cruz Basilica. The name Kochi translated into English by Cochin means ‘like China’. In the 14th century, the place looked like China with the Chinese fishing nets that you can still see today on the beach. Around the Kochi Fort, other places worth visiting are the Indo-Portuguese Museum and the Santa Cruz Basilica.
Kumarakom Sanctuary is a landmark for rare species of migratory bird suchas egret, heron, waterfowl, Siberian crane, … Approximately 3 hours fromKochi, it is easily accessible by bus or taxi. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between November and February. Indeed birds from various regions are on return to the northern hemisphere as their migration season isover, and they take a rest in this swampy sanctuary. There are paths that cross the sanctuary. But the ideal is to take a barge on the Vembanad Lake to enjoy the ride. The latter is the longest Indian lake and the largest in Kerala. It was recognized in 2002 as a wetland of international importance. On the lake, you will certainly come across other floating houses called kettuvallam. Covered with a thatched roof, they are built in an artisanal way by the locals.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala is Kovalam beach. About 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the sand ranges from the busiest to the quietest beach. Thus, the lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and the more picturesque Samudra beach follow each other. Settle down on this last beach, which is less touristic, to watch the return of the daily fishing. The historic lighthouse can be visited daily from 3pm to 5pm. It is one of the favorite places of all photographers. This place is a real call to relaxation. You will find ayurveda centers here.