Planning a Kerala holiday for your self is a step by step process. You need to know a lot of information before you start off planning a visit to the South Indian state of Kerala, tag lined as “Gods Own Country”. This beautiful state attracts many, year after year and the graph always going up. There are a lot of international travellers as well as domestic travellers who cherish fond memories about Kerala. This blog post shares information, starting from applying for a Visa to where all you should be going depending on your taste and interest.. For Custom made Kerala holidays – please feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post an enquiry at tripdayz.com/enquire
Flights and Visa
Kerala is a located on the Southern most tip of India and any international traveller apart from Neapl, Bhutan and Maldivian nationals would need to have a valid Indian Visa to enter the sub continent, there a bunch of countries whose citizens can avail the Visa on arrival facility available at few Indian airports. An Indian Visa application is a very easy process, the application could be made online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ or you could visit the Indian Embassy in your country or various other Indian Missions in your country.
Kerala has three International Airports open to public, these are Kozhikode International Airport (North Kerala), Cochin International Airport (Central Kerala – most popular) and Trivandrum International Airport (South Kerala). Middle East carriers have very good connectivity with these three airports, of these Cochin International Airport has the best and the highest flight arrivals from Middle East. The Emirates have two arrival each day, which eventually has good connectivity to Europe and other Western Nations. There are multiple low cost carriers and full service airlines operational from Malaysia and Singapore which easily connects far East to Kerala.
1. Beaches in Kerala and the long Coastline
Kerala is a coastal state with a coastline of around eight hundred kilometres, there are some of the most exotic and romantic beaches on this coastline. Of these Cherai is the nearest beach destination to Cochin Airport. Mararikulam is another popular beach destination in the district of Alleppey South of Cochin Airport. Other beautiful beaches would be Varkala, Chowara, and Kovalam (all of them in South Kerala close to Trivandrum). Towards North, there is the Bekal beach, Muzhipilangadi and Kannur that have some of the finest beaches. So if you are sun sand and sea lover, you have lot many options available in Kerala.
2. Backwaters of Kerala – Something Unique to Kerala
The backwaters is something unique to Kerala that lay parallel to the Arabian sea. The Vembanad lake spread across the districts of Alleppey, Kottayam and Cochin is the largest backwater lake in Kerala, that occupies 99 percent of the houseboats in the State. The backwater destinations include, Kumararkom, Muhamma and Alleppey. Alleppey is more known for the houseboats of Kerala, on the other hand Muhamma is known for homestays and small boutique backwater resort and Kumararkom is know for high end backwater resort. These three destinations is to be considered if you are looking for a backwater experience.
3. The Hill Stations of Kerala and the long Western Ghat stretch
The mighty Western Ghats lays very much parallel to the Arabian sea. As the crow flies, it is less than 100 kilometres to reach from the coastal Kerala to the high ranges of Kerala. The highest peak in South India, the Anamidi is located at the Eravikulam National Park in Munnar. The Western Ghats go up North until Maharashtra, inhabiting wide range of Flora and Fauna in the Indian Subcontinent. Some of the places you should be visiting in the high ranges would be Munnar for the tea plantations and serene beauty and Thekkady – a popular spice hub. Cochin is the nearest Airport to both these destinations.
4. Wildlife Reserves and Rich Flora and Fauna
The Western Ghats had some of the most diverse Faura and Fauna in the world, most of them is under plantation. Today the Govt. of Kerala has marked a reserve forest for the wild being and the forests. There are a few forest and wildlife reserves. The most popular National park of these would be the Eravikulam National Park in Munnar and the Periyar National Park in Thekkady. The Periyar National park and the forest department offers a lot of forest and wildlife related activities for guests visiting Kerala.
5. More interesting elements of Art, History and Monuments
The kings and kingdoms in Kerala appreciated art and culture and favoured local traditions and culture. There is a lot to know and see about them. The homestays in Kerala offer a wonderful opportunity for this. The state has a history dating back to 2000 years. It is believed that Christianity and Islam entered India through the ancient port town of Muziris. There are small palaces of local kingdoms as well as large palaces like the Padmanabhapuram Palace, South of Trivandrum, which is the largest wooded palace in Asia. There is a long history of Jews and Christians in Kerala which dates long back. The port town of Cochin had been the base of the colonial rulers in Kerala, India and the colonial building still retains their charm beautifying the town.
The best way to organize a Kerala holiday is to have a reliable tour operator. To experience Kerala, you would need to travel through the length and breath of the state, hopping from destination to destination. The state is friendly to back packers as well for the most splurge travellers. Kerala is rich in experiential travel and there is a lot more to explore, rest is for you to see and experience. Welcome to Kerala “Gods Own Country”.