1. Houseboat in Alleppey
Alappuzha is a watery heaven of interlinking canals, seemingly endless paddy fields, and perennially swaying coconut trees. The best view of this landslip is from outside, from the Alleppey houseboats cruising through the backwaters.
Travelling in a houseboat in Alleppey is not just a matter of exquisite window views. It is an enchanting experience in itself. The cool breeze, the occasional migratory birds, and seasonal rains make the boat ride a unique experience that you can savour forever. Three things make Alleppey houseboat packages perfect: the right company, the right operator, and the right package. The boat accommodates the whole family and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
2. Enjoy Village life for a day
Exploring the local paddy cultivation, canoeing in mangrove forests, fishing, crab farming are amongst the many things to do in the village. Many homestays are available in the village which can be booked by the visitors.
Life in the villages of Kerala moves at an amazingly slow rate and you will be amazed to find that the people in the villages lead simple lives in the pattern that was prevalent in the olden days. In fact nothing much seems to have changed. Here time remains idle and travellers seem to lose their sense of time strolling in these peaceful places.The villages offers you an ideal getaway from your everyday tensions.
3. Watch the sunset at Kovalam Beach
Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, located around 18 km south of the city center. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam. Kovalam was among the most prominent tourist spots in India during the hippy era. It still has a high status among tourists.
Kovalam is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a wide variety of Ayurvedic treatments for tourists.
4. Stay in a Tree house
Tree houses are wooden houses built on top the trees. Tree houses have been constructed using eco friendly materals with out even using a single nail, using materials like coir mats, bamboo poles, hay straws, live trees (as pillar), etc. A Tree house in Kerala is locally called as ‘Erumadam’ . Treehouses in Kerala are built over tall sturdy trees overlooking the forests. Traditionally the treehouses were used by tribal people and hunters to escape from wild animals. Various resorts in Kerala offer comfortable stay in treehouses for tourists visiting Kerala.
5. Take a spice tour
The spices of Kerala date back to thousands of years in the history of the state. In the ancient times, Kerala rose to fame all around the world solely on the basis of the riches brought into the state, because of its monopoly over spices. Take a tour of the spice plantations or gardens in Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad. Taste some authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the exotic vanilla and explore the farms on a nature walk.
6. Watch Theyyam
The great stories of Kerala are often retold using art forms. It is here that our legends truly come to life. Theyyam is a famous ritual art form that originated in North Kerala which brings to life the great stories of our State. It encompasses dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors. The ceremonious dance is accompanied by the chorus of such musical instruments as Chenda, Elathalam, Kurumkuzal and Veekkuchenda. There are over 400 separate Theyyams, each with their own music, style and choreography.
Each artist represents a hero with great power. Performers wear heavy make-up and adorn flamboyant costumes. The headgear and ornaments are truly majestic and fill one with a sense of awe and wonder.