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During my last trip across Kerala, India I came across this place amidst the tea gardens of Munnar. The place looked surreal filled with lushness of greenery. The little drizzle added to the beauty of the location. The relaxing feeling at the time was unforgettable. This photo always reminds me of what heaven on earth might look like :)
Photo by Vivek Kumar / Unsplash

1 What to see:

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, visit the Jumman lanes of Kochi's historic Jewish colony 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. Visit the Tea Museum some time away from the more famous beaches of Kerala and 1.5 km from the city, or simply relax with a cup of fresh-with a cool tea cup. 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. Perfectly balanced on a complex network of inland canals and backwaters, life in Alleppey is sluggish, best experienced on a houseboat, or by taking 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.

Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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2 what to do:

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.

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.

Backwaters in Alleppey. Kerala, India
Photo by Kunal Kalra / Unsplash

3 What to eat:

Appam with stew: Appam are light, fluffy pancakes made of rice, crispy on the sides and moist in the center, best enjoyed with a fragrant stew of meat and / or vegetables. Kerala Beef Fry with Malabar

Porotta: 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 karimen to shrimp is delicious, a curry made of moili, cocoanut and kokum in Kerala is not left untreated, sour tang is added to a local fruit curry.

4 When to go:

Kerala quick and easy travel guide October to February: Winter is the best time to visit Kerala, although tourists visit throughout the year.

Temperatures are mild (17–30 ° C) and beaches are perfect for bums. Pack your bags with your children or spouse and head to those wonderful beaches for a perfect holiday

March to June: Summer can be very humid in Kerala, but this is all the more reason to enjoy a dip in the sea! It is off season, so you can get better deals on hotels during summer. Everything there, from food to accommodation, travel is available at a cheap price. Its the best time to bargain and get some amazing discounts on the resorts and flights you wanted to book.

July to September: Monsoon displays Kerala with its lush green splendor and it can be a good time to visit Kerala. Nature is at its best during these two months. In the months of June and September in Kerala as monsoon, be sure to carry waterproof clothing and canopies, as the flows here are very unpredictable.