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Vardanta beach, lush backwaters, lush green tea plantations and the smell of fresh spices standing in the air - Kerala is a gorge of tropical paradise that has attracted tourists from all over the world. Whether you want to roam the crowded streets of Kochi, a melting pot of Indian and colonial traditions, or a quiet cup of tea at Kerala's favorite hill station Munnar, or walk to the magnificent palm-fringing beaches of Kovalam, sample Taking Seafood, Kerala has something for everyone!

What are the top tourist destinations in Kerala?

Kovalam Kochi: The thriving port city of Kochi or Cochin as the main center of India's spice trade, is a unique confluence of old and new. To see the Mattancherry Synagogue, one of the oldest existing synagogues of the Commonwealth, take a stroll through the Jumman lanes of Kochi's historic Jewish colony, lined with brightly colored houses. Or check out the Chinese Fishing Nets in the Fort Cochin region. Unlike common traps, these are fixed land establishments and can only be found in Kochi outside China - a lasting proof of the good relations between the ancient Chinese emperors and the rulers of Kochi.

Munnar: Some of the largest tea gardens in South India are the rolling hills of Munnar Ghar. Spend some time away from the more famous beaches of Kerala and visit the Tea Museum, 1.5 kilometers from the city, or simply relax on a quiet tea cup with a cup of fresh decoction. An ideal honeymoon destination in Kerala, Munnar boasts of a stunning terrain and breathtaking landscape.

Alappuzha: Home to the famous backwaters of Kerala, Alappuzha or Alleppey, as it is commonly called, was originally a small fishing village which has now become one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Well balanced on an intricate network of inland canals and backwaters, life in Alleppey is lush, best experienced on a houseboat, or by a quiet stroll on Alleppey Beach. Kovalam: The most famous of Kerala's beach destinations, Kovalam can be a small tourist destination from Kochi for weekends, little kids make a dash for water with ice cream in hand, beach-umbrella walls give you every Present at the turn - but it still has not lost its charm. You can go to the lighthouse on the headland or watch the sunset at one of the beach restaurants. do: Kathak Ride on a houseboat in

Alleppey: No trip to Kerala is complete without a lazy ride on the journey to Ketuvallam via Alleppey's winding backwaters. Originally used to transport rice and spices to and from the port, these boats are now luxury liners available for hire.

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What to do in Kerala?

Cruises along the Periyar River: One of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India, the forests of Periyar are langurs, bison, sambar and tigers. Take a one-and-a-half-hour cruise organized by the Forest Department and Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) to see any wildlife!

Watch a performance at the Kathakali Center, Kochi: Kathakali is an ancient form of storytelling through dance that originated in Kerala in the 17th century. Get a taste of the past with an attractive dance performance at the Kathakali center. If you are feeling adventurous, the center is also one of the oldest forms of martial arts, Kalaripayattu.

What dishes should I try in Keraka?

Appam with stew: The appas are mild, best enjoyed with a fluffy pancake made of rice, crispy on the sides and moist in the center, with a fragrant stew of meat and / or vegetables.

Kerala Beef Fry with Malabar Porota: Chunky, fried pieces of beef cooked in a spicy spice mix, served with light, is one of the signature dishes of Kerala.

Shrimp Moilee: What is Kerala without its Seafood? While everything from karimeen to shrimp is delicious, Kerala is used to add kadhi, a sour tang made to a local fruit, without koil, coconut and kokum.

When to Go?

October to February: Winters are the best time to visit Kerala, although tourists abound all year round. Temperatures are mild (17-30 degrees Celsius) and perfect for beach bums. pack your bags with your kids or spouse and head to those amazing beaches for a perfect holiday

March to June: Summers can get very humid in Kerala but that’s all the more reason to enjoy a dip in the sea! This is off-season, so you can get better deals on hotels during the summer. Everything out there, ranging from food to accommodation to travel is available at a dirt cheap price. Its the best time to bargain and get some amazing discounts on those resorts and flights you were willing to book.

July to September: The monsoons showcase Kerala in all of its lush splendour and can be a great time to visit Kerala. Nature is at its best during these two months. As its monsoon in Kerala in the month of June and September,be sure to carry waterproof clothing and umbrellas as the downpours here are very unpredictable.

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How to reach?

By Air: The Kochi International airport is well connected to all major cities. You can take a taxi from the airport to roam about in the city.

By Train: Cochin is well connected to all major railway stations in India. Most trains stop at either the Ernakulam Town Station or the Ernakulam Junction Station.

By Bus: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs Volvo buses to and from cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

Getting Around:
kerala quick and handy travel guide

Bus: Cochin has a large network of buses that connect you to all major towns in Kerala. They are cheap and government-run.

Auto Rickshaw: Autos are available in most cities.They’re cheap, but they often tend to fleece tourists so make sure you ask for a rate card.

Ferry/Boat: Ferry is a great way to travel, especially in and around the Fort Cochin area.

At the Backwaters, Kerala - South India
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What to Pack for Kerala?
Light cotton clothes if you’re travelling in summer or the monsoons, since humidity tends to be very high
Beachwear, of course, and sunblock
Flip-flops for the beach and comfortable shoes for walking around in the city
Mosquito repellent, especially if you’re planning to visit Periyar